By Omar Khattab in Islamabad
A couple of days before, a Multan-based lawyer filed a case in a court alleging that a detergent powder TV advertisement insults Caliph Omar. In this advertisement, there are two characters: one little boy names Omar and his grandmother. The grandmother searches for Omar who is shown to be a clever boy. The boy is clever because he put some ink on his face and stands in one corner of his home posing as a scarecrow. This lawyer said that the name Omar is taken 5 times by the woman and in the end the young Omar is shown to have blackened his face. According to the lawyer, this is an instance of treasonous blasphemy because the blackened face insults Caliph Omar.
This is not all. The lawyer (I am not giving his name because he wants his name all over the media), notorious for his open support for Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, Rana Sanaullah and Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry, has claimed that the person who designed the advertisement is “known for his links with Israel and the Jews” (I am giving the name of this gentleman in order to protect him).
This lawyer is one instance of the hypocrisy we are into as a nation. Let us say there is a criminal who molests children and then kills them. Let us assume that the name of this person is Muhammad Bakhsh. Will calling this person a criminal constitute blasphemy? If you look at some of the worst criminals in Pakistan, they made sure that “Muhammad” was tagged with the name they used to be addressed usually. Before he dismissed ZA Bhutto’s elected government, he was known as General Zia ul Haq. But once in the political command of Pakistan, he ordered that his complete name be mentioned: “General Muhammad Zia ul Haq”. Nawaz Sharif was “Mian Nawaz Sharif”, but the day he decided to turn into a Stalin of Pakistan through constitutional amendments, he became “Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif”. So did “Muhammad” Shahbaz Sharif.
What about “Ameerul Mominin” Mullah Omar of Afghanistan, one of the maddest psychopath-criminal of modern times. Isn’t he an embodiment of blasphemy against humanity? A one-eyed monster who reminded the civilized world of some of Omer’s nastiest mythical characters, Mullah Omar as “Ameerul Mominin” was nothing but a murderer, rapist (he forced women to marry him), dictator, and a drug pusher. He was/is surreal enough to be taken for a mythological monster come alive! Doesn’t the very name King “Abdullah” evoke “good” Muslims’ anger? Why does this Abu Jahil of modern times have the name of the father of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)? What about “Muhammad” Iftikhar Chaudhry who has disgraced the great Prophet’s name by making a mockery of the justice system of Pakistan? Will the good lawyer launch a long march against Cheap Justice?