Shia physician charged with blasphemy in Hyderabad Sindh

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Extremist Deobandis (supported by extremist Barelvis) have charged a famous physician Dr Noushad Ali Valliani (M.B.B.S, R.M.P, P.M.D.C) of blasphemy for allegedly insulting the Prophet Muhammad. He has been arrested for throwing a Medical Representative’s visiting card into dustbin. Medical Rep Mr Muhammad Faizan called his colleagues, beat him up and then dragged him to the police station where has been formally charged with blasphemy. According to Pakistani law, any one convicted of blasphemy may be sentenced to death.

The controversial blasphemy law is supported by the PML-N (Nawaz Sharif), Jamaat-e-Islami (Munawar Hasan), Sunni Tehreek, Sipah-e-Sahaba and Taliban.

Naushad Valiyani. PHOTO: Express Tribune

توہین رسالت کا مقدمہ درج

پاکستان میں توہین رسالت قانون کے خلاف مظاہرے بھی ہوئے ہیں

پاکستان کے شہر حیدرآباد میں ایک شخص کی درخواست پر پولیس نے شہر کے معروف معالج ڈاکٹر نوشاد ولیانی کے خلاف توہین رسالت کے الزام میں مقدمہ درج کر لیا ہے۔

پولیس نے ڈاکٹر نوشاد کو حراست میں بھی لے لیا ہے۔

حیدرآباد کے ریجنل پولیس افسر حیدرآباد سید مشتاق شاہ نے بی بی سی اردو سروس کے نامہ نگار احمد رضا سے بات کرتے ہوئے کہا کہ یہ مقدمہ درج نہیں ہونا چاہیے تھا لیکن بعض مذہبی تنظیموں کے کارکنوں نے سڑک بلاک کرکے احتجاج شروع کردیا تھا جس کی وجہ سے عشرہ محرم میں نقص امن سے بچنے کے لیے پولیس کو مقدمہ درج کرنا پڑا

حیدرآباد کے ریجنل پولیس افسر سید مشتاق شاہ کیا کہتے ہیں؟
http://www.bbc.co.uk/urdu/pakistan/2010/12/101211_rpo_hyd_interview_ha.shtml

محمد فیضان کا کہنا ہے کہ ڈاکٹر نوشاد ولیانی نے جمعرات کے روز ان کا وزیٹنگ کارڈ ردی کی ٹو کری میں پھینک دیا تھا اور حضور کی شان میں گستاخانہ الفاظ ادا کیے۔

حیدرآباد میں بی بی سی کے نامہ نگار علی حسن کے مطابق سنیچر کو کئی میڈیکل کمپنیوں نے نمائندوں نے ڈاکٹر کی کلینک پر دھاوا بول دیا اور پہلے ڈاکٹر کو زد و کوب کیا پھر انہیں کینٹ پتھانے لے گئے۔

ڈاکٹر نوشاد نے پولیس کو پیش آ نے والے واقعات سے آگاہ کیا اور کہا کہ وہ کسی طور پر بھی توہین رسالت کے مرتکب نہیں ہوئے ہیں۔ ڈاکٹر نوشاد اسماعیلی فرقے سے تعلق رکھتے ہیں۔

فیضان اور ان کے ساتھی ڈاکٹر نوشاد کی وضاحت پر مطمئن ہوگئے تھے لیکن اس سے قبل کہ معاملہ رفع دفع ہوتا، بعض کالعدم مذہبی تنظیموں سے وابستہ سرگرم کارکن تھانے پہنچ گئے۔

ان لوگوں نے موقف اختیار کیا کہ معاملے کو رفع دفع نہیں کیا جاسکتا اور پولیس کو باقاعدہ مقدمہ درج کرنا ہوگا۔ اس دوران تھانے کے باہر ہجوم سا لگ گیا جس نے نعرے بازی شروع کردی۔

مذہبی تنظیموں کے کارکنان کے مقدمہ درج کرنے کے مطالبے پر فیضان اور ان کے ساتھیوں نے بھی وہ ہی موقف اختیار کرلیا جس پر پولیس نے مقدمہ درج کرلیا

Source: BBC Urdu

22 Comments to “Shia physician charged with blasphemy in Hyderabad Sindh”

  1. This menace will not end until the following are hanged by a court of law:

    Rana Sanaullah
    Mufti Taqi Usmani
    Sahibzada Fazle Karim
    Muhammad Hanif Jalandhari
    Masood Azhar
    General Hamid Gul

  2. @ Raza
    آسیہ بی بی کو پھانسی سے بچانا چاہتے ہو جس نے محمد رسول صلی اللہ و علیہ وسلم کی شان میں گستاخی کی اور ان حضرات کو پھندے پر چھڑوانا چاہتے ہو کہ یہ قالا رسول اللہ صلی و علیہ وسلم کی صدائیں بلند کتے ہیں۔ کبھی موت یاد آتی ہے یا بھول چکے ہو؟

    تم لوگ کیا سمجھتے ہو کہ ایک دو لوگوں کا مسلئہ ہے۔ ضیاء الحق ذولفقار علی بھٹو جیسے عام آدمی کے چاہنے والوں کو تو اپنی طاقت سے ختم نہیں کرسکتا اور تم لوگ بات کرتے محمد رسول اللہ صلی و علیہ وسلم جیسی عظیم الشان شخصیت کے چاہنے والوں کو طاقت کی بنیاد پر ختم کرنے کی، کبھی نہیں کرسکتے۔

    پہلے تو یہ تہ کر لو کہ حکومت کس کی ہے، اگر پیپلز پارٹی کی ہے تو پھر اتنی اچھی پارٹی کی حکومت کہاں سوئی پڑی ہے۔ کیا پری پیپلز پارٹی میں صرف ایک سلمان تاثیر اور شیریں رحمان ہی ہیں اور باقی کہاں****گئے ہیں؟
    جواب دو

  3. سپاہ صحابہ کے حمایتی، لال مسجد کے دہشت گرد ملا عبدلرشید کے مداح ، انتہا پسند دیوبندیوں کی تعریف میں رطب اللسان ، ملا عمر دجال کے گرویدہ اور بنو امیہ کی تصنیف شدہ تاریخ کے قاری نہ ہی اسلام کو سمجھ سکتے ہیں اور نہ ہی رحمت اللعلمین کی رحمت کو –

    شیطان مولوی (باباۓ طالبان ) تقی عثمانی کا دفاع کرتے ہو جس نے دہشت گرد طالبان کی کھیپ کی کھیپ تیار کر کے پورے پاکستان اور افغانستان کو جہنم میں جھونک دیا –

    جنرل حمید گل کی تعریف کرتے ہو جو آج کے دور کا یزید ہے اور اس کے پروکار (جیسا کہ تم) یزیدی

    تم بے گناہ انسانوں کے خون کو حلال سمجھتے ہو پانچ بچوں کی ماں کو مارنا چاہتے ہو – لعنت ہے تم پر اور ان مولویوں پر (تقی عثمانی، حنیف جالندھری وغیرہ ) جنہوں نے تمہیں اسلام کے نام پر ظلم کرنا سکھایا – تم اور تمھارے ممدوح مولوی اسلام کے نام پر دھبہ ہیں – تم لوگ چلتی پھرتی توہین رسالت ہو – تم مفسد فی الارض ہو – دنیا اور آخرت میں سخت سزا کے حقدار ہو

  4. Taqi Usmani Jesey Molvion aur Iss K Badon Ne Kaha Tha

    100 Yehudi, 1 Maudoodi

    Kia Isey Bhi Mano Gey Merey Dost….

  5. Wesey Tauheen Anbiaa Ki Taazir Tou Maudoodi Pe Bhi Lag Sakti hai, Aur Sipah Sahaba Ki Nazar Mey Tou Maudoodi Bhi “Gustakh E Sahaba” Hai, Aaj Zinda Hota Tou “Wajibul Qatal” Teherta

    KIA KHAYAL HAI KASHIF PAAI!!!!!!!!

  6. @mr kashif naseer.. are u judge or have ilm e gaib?u r saying..aasia bibi ne rasoolulah ki shan mai gustakhi ki…?hm….well mai kehta hn…kashif naseer ne rasoolulah ki shan mai gustakhi ki..mai is iincidence ka chashamdeed gawah hn..ye bunda jahan bhi mille,,isko maar do…do gawah bhi pesh ker sakta hn…plz is aadmi ka pata ker ke batain…shukria…

  7. mr kashif..ilm e gaib rukhte hain..ya phir judge hain…jo ye keh rhe hain k aasia bibi ne prophet ki shan mai gustakhi ki…:)

  8. mr. kashif naseer…gustakh e rasool hai…iska pata ker k batain..is per fir darj krwani hai…plz in ka pata karen..taake is ko maar k islam ka bol bala kiya jaa sake shukria..

  9. اگر اس نے توھین کی ھے تو ضرور سزا ھونی چاھے

  10. A doctor in Pakistan’s southern Sindh province was arrested on a charge of blasphemy after he threw the business card of a pharmaceutical representative named Mohammad Faizan into a dustbin.

    Faizan visited the doctor, Naushad Walyani, at his clinic in Hyderabad, the second largest city of Sindh, on Thursday.

    As Faizan handed Walyani his business card, the doctor threw it into a dustbin and rushed out of his clinic, Faizan claimed. Faizan returned to the clinic at 8 pm with his colleagues Mohammad Waqas and Mohammad Azam, and confronted the doctor.

    When asked about his action of throwing the card into the dustbin, Walyani kicked the dustbin and asked Faizan to take back his card. Faizan claimed the doctor’s actions amounted to an act of blasphemy and left the clinic.

    A group of pharmaceutical representatives went to the clinic on Saturday and beat up the doctor for allegedly uttering blasphemous remarks.

    http://www.indianexpress.com/news/doctor-arrested-in-pakistan-on-charge-of-blasphemy/723678/

    Naushad Valiyani was detained on Friday following a complaint by a medical representative who visited the doctor in the city of Hyderabad.
    “The arrest was made after the complainant told the police that Valiyani threw his business card, which had his full name, Muhammad Faizan, in a dustbin during a visit to his clinic,” regional police chief Mushtaq Shah told AFP.
    “Faizan accused Valiyani of committing blasphemy and asked police to register a case against the doctor.”
    Shah said the issue had been resolved after Valiyani, a member of Pakistan’s Ismaili community, an offshoot of Shiite Islam, apologised but local religious leaders intervened and pressed for action.
    “Valiyani had assured Faizan that he did not mean to insult the Prophet Mohammed by throwing the visiting card in the dustbin,” Shah said, adding that the police had registered a case under the Blasphemy Act.
    A Pakistani court last month sentenced to death Aasia Bibi, a Christian mother-of-five found guilty of blasphemy.
    Bibi was arrested in June 2009 after Muslim women claimed that she made derogatory remarks about the Prophet Mohammed. She was set upon by a mob, arrested by police and sentenced on November 8.
    The government attempted to pardon Bibi after an international outcry over the case, but a Pakistani court prevented it from granting her a swift pardon.
    She can be executed only if the Lahore high court upholds her sentence on appeal. No date has yet been set for the appeal hearing.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5h-2yz1TcDuf0s3vyzLFN-4Tky7Lw?docId=CNG.9eab6633bebd069b5f0a3ec51e79b6e5.221

  11. MQM calls for blasphemy case against Fazl, Qazi

    Dawn Report

    HYDERABAD, Aug 22: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement on Tuesday called upon President Gen Pervez Musharraf to order registration of a blasphemy case against Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Qazi Hussain Ahmed and other MMA legislators for their alleged involvement in tearing up of copies of Hudood Ordinance (amendment) bill containing sacred names of Allah and Holy Prophet (pbuh) and Quranic verses.

    Activists of the party held demonstrations in several districts in protest against MMA legislators’ attitude in the National Assembly.

    In Hyderabad, MQM activists staged a protest march from the Hyder chowk to the press club.

    Zonal in-charge Siraj Rajput appealed to the chief justice of the Supreme Court to take action against those who had committed blasphemy by tearing up copies of the Hudood Ordinance (amendment) bill in the National Assembly and trampling over them.

    Directly addressing a TV channel, Mr Rajput said that it should telecast the incident which had taken place in parliament in the same manner as it was showing video films about rain.

    TANDO ALLAHYAR: MQM activists, led by sector in-charge Sajid Wahab Khanzada and UC nazims Dr Khalid Latif, Syed Hussain Shah and Haq Nawaz Qaimkhani, staged a protest demonstration outside the press club.

    They demanded that a blasphemy case should be registered against MMA leaders.

    NAWABSHAH: MQM activists took out a procession from the Market road to the press club.

    They carried party flags and raised slogans against MMA leaders.

    Zonal in-charge Sheeraz Masood and Mureed Brohi condemned the attitude of MMA leaders for putting sacred names under feet.

    NAUSHAHRO FEROZE: MQM activists took out a procession from Dastagir colony Moro to the press club against MMA leaders.

    They said that MMA’s act of tearing up copies of the amended Hudood Ordinance bill was against law and Islam.

    MQM activists also took out a rally in Naushahro Feroze.

    MIRPURKHAS: MQM activists and elected representatives, led by zonal in-charge Saleem Razzaq, took out a procession from the MQM office.

    They marched through the main thoroughfares.

    They demanded that the government should register a blasphemy case against MMA legislators and award them exemplary punishment.

    SHIKARPUR: MQM activists took out a procession against attitude of MMA members adopted in the National Assembly.

    Zonal in-charge Monomal, Shamim Arain, Rafique Suhindro, Tariq Ahmed and Shahnawaz condemned tearing of the draft of Hudood Ordinance amendment bill by MMA members in the National Assembly.

    LARKANA: Activists of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement protesting against the MMA for tearing copies of Hudood Ordinance bill took out processions in Larkana and Qambar-Shahdadkot districts.

    Larkana zonal in-charge Aftab Soomro and Qambar-Shahdadkot zonal in-charge Khalique Chandio led the protesters.

    SUKKUR: MQM activists staged a demonstration in front of the press club in protest against tearing of copies of the Hudood Ordinance bill by MMA legislators.

    Jamal Barmani and Imtiaz Qureshi led the protesters.

    Dawn,
    August 23, 2006
    http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:t2ofrIdUADMJ:www.dawn.com/2006/08/23/local10.htm+blasphemy+in+Hyderabad&cd=7&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=uk

  12. DECEMBER 13, 2010

    Open Letter to Chief Justice of Pakistan
    Dear Honorable Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry,

    I am writing this open letter to you because the righting of wrongs is avowedly a part of your movement for judicial reform, and the matter in question must be particularly close to your heart, being as it is close to your first and last names too.

    I read in the news today that a doctor in Hyderabad was arrested, and a case registered against him under the Blasphemy Act, when he threw the business card of a medical representative with the first name of Muhammad into the dustbin. Now I know that some people are thinking well that’s one small step back for all Pakistani Muslims, and one giant leap forward for all Pakistani Medical Representatives, but I for one wept with joy at the news.

    You see, your exalted lordship, if indeed this report is true, I see in this ingenious application of a tragically misunderstood law…the Blasphemy Act is meant to protect the Quran and the Holy Prophet (PBUH) from ridicule, not expose them to it, I don’t know why some buffoons just don’t seem to get that… I see in this ingenious application of a tragically misunderstood law the seeds of the Great Pakistani Muslim Revival. Now that a precedent has been set, some of the biggest thorns in the nation’s side can be effectively removed, and some of its most cacophonous trumpets silenced.

    I have listed below some of the cases that merit your most immediate, most esteemed, attention. I am sure, once the enthusiasm my idea will inevitably kindle in you has been communicated to all the appendages of the state, the judiciary and the general population, others will come forth with more scenarios too. Then, we can begin to cleanse the face of this nation, follow it up with some aggressive exfoliation, and enjoy the beatific effect of the spiritually moisturized smile we subsequently share with the world.

    1) Any cricket player, official, reporter, commentator, spectator, umpire, random passer by who has ever expressed reservations about Muhammad Yousuf, Muhammad Amir or Muhammad Asif’s character in writing should be arrested and charged under the Blasphemy Act. That will really clean up the game.

    2) Any school/college/kindegarden/madrassah teacher, principal, administrator or instructor who writes a negative comment in the report card of any student with the name of Muhammad should be arrested and charged under the Blasphemy Act. There should be a particularly harsh sentence for the sentence ‘Muhammad is a bright child but is easily distracted and lacks the ability to concentrate on his work.’

    3) Any college, school or kindergarten student who mistreats pages containing the name and verses of Allama Muhammad Iqbal (mistreatment including but not limited to burning, tearing, ripping, doodling in the margins or making planes out of or – in the case of the kindergarten kinder, eating) should be arrested and charged under the Blasphemy Act. Since the burden of proof of innocence is on the accused, the learned judge in charge of cases featuring minors must be hardened against tears, tantrums and wanton cries of ‘dudu biskit! dudu biskit!’

    4) Any tandoorwala, paanwala, umroodwala, bhuttawala, chanawala, assortedwala who wraps his offerings in paper that contains the name Muhammad should be arrested and charged under the Blasphemy Act.

    5) Any traffic policeman, immigration official or station house officer of any thana attempting to write a challan or file an FIR against any person with the name Muhammad on his driver’s license, passport or NIC should be arrested and charged under the Blasphemy Act.

    6) Anyone coming into contact with books, pamphlets, promotional literature that contain the name Muhammad, or cards advertising services of aalims offering cures for love, impotence, curses, memory loss or age that happen to be named Muhammad, without showing said books, pamphlets, promotional literature or cards adequate respect (for the purposes of this argument let that be holding them below navel level or tossing them carelessly on to a seat or – in the case of the cards – out of the window) should be arrested and charged under the Blasphemy Act.

    7) Any woman who has received a passionate letter from an admirer named Muhammad and, wanting to conceal it from the prying eyes of her younger siblings and/or parents, wadded it up into a ball and thrown it into a dustbin should be arrested and charged under the Blasphemy Act. (This, your lordship, I consider a particularly important lesson as it will teach our women to be wary of a significant percentage of the male population, urge them to toss their lovers but keep their letters, and hence do that little extra bit we need to safeguard their morals).

    8) Any columnist, critic, reporter, journalist or opinion maker who questions your judgment in opening these floodgates should be arrested and charged under the Blasphemy Act.

    http://cafepyala.blogspot.com/2010/12/dear-honorable-chief-justice-of.html

  13. PPC provisions against those inciting violence, hatred, murder
    Posted on December 13, 2010 by beenasarwar

    The mindset promoted by the ‘blasphemy’ laws is again highlighted by the recent case of a doctor in Hyderabad arrested for ‘blasphemy’ because he threw the visiting card of a medical representative (Pfizer employee) named Mohammad Faizan into the dustbin.

    I have been in correspondence with Asad Jamal, Advocate Lahore High Court, on possible action against those who make false accusations of blasphemy and incite to murder or violence — we were specifically discussing the Maulana who announced a reward of five lakh rupees for killing Aasiya Noreen, the Christian woman sentenced by a lower court for blasphemy, whose case is going into appeal before the Lahore High Court. (Asad reminded me that in 1995, a similar ‘reward’ (it was then a million rupees, the value has obviously gone down for such murders, given that people are willing to commit them for free) had been offered for killing the minor Salamat Masih. The Lahore High Court acquitted Salamat and his two co-accused but Manzoor Masih, a co-accused in that case, was shot dead outside the court). He writes:

    I am copying below the relevant provision of PPC which may be used for such situations. The relevant part starts with ****If (asterisks my own) – it is often referred to as 506-B in FIRs by the police (which is a legal/technical absurdity as there is no such provision).

    The courts don’t seem to mind. Offences under section 506 PPC are not cognisable (“cognisable offence” and ‘cognisable case’, is one in which a police officer may arrest without warrant). Therefore, permission from a magistrate has to be obtained after getting information of the commission of a non-cognisable offence.

    I think the Maulana can be booked under S.506 of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) based on the statement which may be viewed as a threat to cause death of Aasiya as the promise of a reward would demonstrate his intent to kill her. This depends on the police and the concerned magistrate, and if none then the provincial government, If convicted the Maulana can be sentenced to a prison term which may extend to seven years or he may be fined or both. If someone acts on the statement and murders Aasiya as a consequence, the Maulana can be charged under s.302, S.109 and S.34 of the PPC for the murder for which the maximum sentence is death.

    506. Punishment for criminal intimidation: Whoever commences the offence of criminal intimidation shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to two years or with fine or with both.

    ****If threat be to cause death or grievous hurt, etc.:

    And if the threat be to cause death or grievous hurt, or to cause the destruction of any property by fire, or to cause an offence punishable with death or imprisonment for life, or with imprisonment for a term which may extend to seven years, or to impute unchastity to a woman, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to seven years, or with fine, or with both.

    Section 109. Punishment of abetment if the Act abetted committed In consequence and where no express provision is made for its punishment: Whoever abets any offence shall, if the act abetted is committed in consequence of the abetment, and no express provision is made by this Code, for the punishment of such abetment, be punished with the punishment provided for the offence.

    Section 34. Acts done by several persons In furtherance of common intention: When a criminal act is done by several persons, in furtherance of the common intention of all, each such person is liable for that act in the same manner as if it were done by him alone.

    Legal action in such cases can also be based upon section 153-A of PPC in addition to section 506.

    Under section 153-A (b) a person who “(b) commits, or incites any other person to commit, any act which is prejudicial to the maintenance of harmony between different religious, racial, language or regional groups or castes or communities or any group of persons identifiable as such on any ground whatsoever and which disturbs or is likely to disturb public tranquillity shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to five years and with fine. such an offence is cognisable by the police i.e no warrant is needed.

    Asad adds: I also think that legal action in such cases can also be based upon section 153-A of PPC in addition to section 506.

    Under section 153-A (b) a person who “(b) commits, or incites any other person to commit, any act which is prejudicial to the maintenance of harmony between different religious, racial, language or regional groups or castes or communities or any group of persons identifiable as such on any ground whatsoever and which disturbs or is likely to disturb public tranquillity shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to five years and with fine. such an offence is cognisable by the police i.e no warrant is needed.

    [153-A. Promoting enmity between different groups, etc.: Whoever,

    (a) by words, either spoken or written, or by signs, or by visible representations or otherwise, promotes or incites, or attempts to promote or incite, on grounds of religion, race, place of both, residence. language, caste or community or any other ground whatsoever, disharmony or feelings of enmity, hatred or ill-will between different religious, racial, language or regional groups or castes or communities; or

    (b) commits, or incites any other person to commit, any act which is prejudicial to the maintenance of harmony between different religious, racial, language or regional groups or castes or communities or any group of persons identifiable as such on any ground whatsoever and which disturbs or is likely to disturb public tranquillity; or

    (c) organizes, or incites any other person to organize, and exercise, movement, drill or other similar activity intending that the participants in any such activity shall use or be trained to use criminal force or violence or knowing it to be likely that the participants in any such activity will use or be trained to use criminal force or violence or participates, or incites any other person to participate, in any such activity intending to use or be trained to use criminal force or violence or knowing it to be likely that the participants in any such activity will use or be trained, to use criminal force or violence, against any religious, racial, language or regional group or caste of community or any group of persons identifiable as such on any ground .whatsoever and any such activity for any reason whatsoever cause or is likely to cause fear or alarm or a feeling of insecurity amongst members of such religious, racial, language or regional group or caste or community shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to five years and with fine.

    Explanation: It does not amount to an offence within the meaning of this section to point but, without malicious intention and with an honest view to their removal, matters which are producing, or have a tendency to produce, feelings of enmity or hatred between different religious, racial, language or regional groups or castes or communities].

    http://beenasarwar.wordpress.com/2010/12/13/ppc-provisions-against-those-inciting-violence-hatred-murder/

  14. No proof of sacrilege found in Hyd case: Mirza

    Updated at: 0129 PST, Tuesday, December 14, 2010

    KARACHI: Sindh Home Minister Dr. Zulfiqar Mirza Monday said that the complaint of blasphemous act, reportedly done by a medical doctor in Hyderabad district, has been investigated, and declined to find any concrete evidence of sacrilege during the investigation, Geo News reported.

    He said no aspect of blasphemy was found during the arguments that took place between a doctor and a medical representative. The matter is only about exaggeration and misunderstanding, he maintained.

    In a statement from Sindh Home Ministry, Zulfiqar said Islam is a religion of peace and harmony, which discourages extremism, fanaticism and teaches intolerance, urging faithful to remain peaceful and express calmness in dealing with such cases.

    He appealed to people not to exaggerate such unintentional acts as it could lead to extremism and panic in society.

    On the issue, the ministry has also exchanged factual information with the religious clerics (Ulemas) in Hyderabad, he said, revealing that they have assured government and police of cooperation after reviewing facts associated with the incident.

    The case is being thoroughly investigated whose report will surely abolish misinformation hovering over the issue.

    It is pertinent to mention here that as per reported details, during an argument between a doctor and a medical representative by the name ‘Mohammed Faizan’, the doctor, after being notified many a time about the name ‘Mohammed’ written on the visiting card of medical representative, tore apart the card and binned the same.

    Later, Mohammed Faizan, complainant in the case, lodged an official complaint with a local police station in Hyderabad.

    http://www.geo.tv/12-14-2010/75747.htm

  15. An idea whose time has come

    If it were not so tragic, the case of a blasphemy-accused doctor would have made for comic reading. Reportedly, Dr Naushad Valiyani threw the business card of a medical representative “which had his full name, Muhammad Faizan”, in a dustbin. Mr Faizan then launched a blasphemy complaint against the doctor. The absurdity of the charges against Dr Valiyani exposes the nature of the draconian Blasphemy Law, which can be misused for any purpose under the sun. General Ziaul Haq left this country with a minefield in the shape of this law, which lends itself to abuse. The case of Dr Valiyani is just one of the many cases where the complainant is crossing all lines of common sense. ‘Muhammad’ is a popular name over the Muslim world. To say that the doctor committed blasphemy just because he threw a business card that had ‘Muhammad’ written on it is ridiculous. The issue was resolved between the parties when the doctor apologised, although not before Faizan and his friends had reportedly roughed up the doctor. However, the intervention of some clerics resulted in a blasphemy charge against the accused, who was then arrested.

    Since we are so fond of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC), why not invoke PPC 153 A in cases where false accusations are made? According to PPC 153 A (a), whoever “by words, either spoken or written, or by signs, or by visible representations or otherwise, promotes or incites, or attempts to promote or incite, on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, caste or community or any other ground whatsoever, disharmony or feelings of enmity, hatred or ill-will between different religious, racial, language or regional groups or castes or communities” shall be fined and punished with imprisonment for a term that may extend to five years. Thus, Muhammad Faizan should be charged with incitement against the innocent doctor.

    In another incident, three alleged blasphemers in Karachi — Syed Raheel Masood Wasti, Samreen Masood and Zafar Iqbal — denied desecrating the Holy Quran. As per their statement, they were not in the house when their illiterate maid accidentally threw out some pages of the Quran after cleaning the house. They have expressed fear for their lives and that they can be falsely persecuted under the Blasphemy Law. This is yet another example of the way the mullahs use this law. In almost all the cases under the Blasphemy Law, the accusations are mala fide. The accusations are based on personal vendetta, blackmail, settling scores, property disputes, etc. It is therefore beyond comprehension why the mullah brigade is threatening to launch a movement, Tehreek Namoos-e-Risalat (TNR), in case any amendments are made to the Blasphemy Law, except that it serves their political agenda of keeping the country hostage to their fulminations. This flawed law should be repealed in the first instance, and if that is not possible because our politicians have yet to find the courage to defy the blackmail of the religious groups, at least the amendment bill by Ms Sherry Rehman should be considered seriously. Islam is a religion of peace but the fundamentalists have hijacked our religion and given new interpretations to serve their vested interests. The religious right is committing the greatest blasphemy by distorting the name of Islam. When the British introduced the Blasphemy Law, it was done to maintain harmony between all religious communities in the Indian subcontinent. Ziaul Haq’s Blasphemy Law has done the exact opposite. It has made the religious minorities more insecure in this ‘land of the not-so-pure’. When a state legalises persecution of minorities, it is time to change the laws.

    Pakistan can never progress if it chooses to espouse the values of the Dark Ages. Let us not be afraid to challenge the religious extremists just because they threaten us with ‘dire consequences’. We have been held hostage to their absurdities for decades. It is high time we rolled back Zia’s legacy and moved forward towards a progressive, secular and democratic Pakistan

    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=20101214story_14-12-2010_pg3_1

  16. Land of lunacy
    Editorial

    Bias and what can only be described as absurdity is growing by leaps and bounds in our country. A doctor has been arrested in Hyderabad on charges of blasphemy. And what had Dr Naushad Valiyani done? He threw the visiting card of a sales representative, who visited his clinic, into the dustbin. The card included the common prefix ‘Muhammad’ ahead of the visitor’s name — as do thousands of other such cards. The doctor said he meant no offence and apologised to the sales rep, saying that he meant no malice and did not intend to hurt his religious feelings.
    A senior police official in Hyderabad has been quoted as saying that the man who had felt slighted by the doctor’s action had agreed to withdraw the complaint, but was pressed by local religious leaders. And that is what led to the doctor being arrested. The fact that he belongs to a minority sect may have some bearing on this, given that the more rabid mullahs in society tend to see all sects other their own as based on heresy.
    The situation has become a terrifying one. What has happened in Hyderabad suggests that the police are being guided not by law, reason and common sense but by the thug-like behaviour of the religious right and the extreme views held in Pakistan by many clerics who speak and act as if they are guardians of everyone else’s morality and religious feeling. The act committed by the doctor is one most of us would engage in without a second thought. Hundreds of such cards must be tossed away across the country each day. That does not mean we are engaging in acts of blasphemy and that all of us should be arrested, tried and sentenced to die.
    Accusing someone of blasphemy has become a means to extract revenge — and in this not only non-Muslims but many Muslims have been accused. In this particular case, it would seem that perhaps the sales representative who first reported the matter to the police was not happy with the reception he received from the doctor. But the fact that even failing to receive a representative can lead to so grave a charge is horrific. The latest incident, coming just weeks after Aasia Bibi, the mother of five, was found guilty of blasphemy by a lower court, highlights the need to tackle the blasphemy laws on an urgent basis. Through the period of over two decades that they have been in place, they have been misused with greater and greater frequency. The police have abetted this by making arrests instantly, without any attempt to assess the matter or examine if there is any logic behind them. Like the case of the Emperor’s proverbial new clothes, fewer and fewer are willing to speak the truth and declare this state of affairs as being absurd and ludicrous.
    At the very least, the blasphemy law in its current state must be amended to prevent its gross misuse. The PPP government needs to take the lead in this matter. For starters, it can take ownership of a bill recently tabled in parliament by former information minister and MNA Sherry Rehman. Furthermore, the government should take a stand on this issue because its continuing failure to do so only emboldens the clergy and the obscurantists and cedes much-needed ground to the extremists. The media, for its part, needs to be more vigilant, especially the Urdu media which is read by the bulk of the population, many of whom may not see anything wrong with what has happened in Hyderabad. It can be said with some justification, that the English press railing against the law’s misuse, while good, is nothing more than preaching to the converted.

    The courts must look at the need for justice and the apex court should perhaps exercise its suo motu jurisdiction in such matters without fear from extremists. If we don’t take a stand against this lunacy now, there may be nothing to fight for in the not-too-distant future.

    Published in The Express Tribune, December 14th, 2010.

  17. Doctor arrested for blasphemy over discarded business card
    Ashraf Khan
    December 14, 2010
    KARACHI: A doctor has been arrested on suspicion of violating Pakistan’s contentious blasphemy law by discarding a business card of a man who shared the name of Islam’s prophet, Muhammad, police say.

    Naushad Valiyani, a Muslim doctor in the southern city of Hyderabad, was arrested on Friday after a complaint was lodged with police alleging his actions had insulted the Prophet Muhammad, said the regional police chief, Mushtaq Shah.

    The case began when Muhammad Faizan, a pharmaceutical company representative, visited Dr Valiyani’s clinic and handed out his business card. He said when the doctor threw the card away, he went to police and filed a complaint that noted his name was the same as the prophet’s. Mr Shah said police were investigating whether the doctor should be charged with blasphemy.

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    The blasphemy law has been widely criticised by human rights groups following the case of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman sentenced to death last month for insulting Islam. Critics say the law should be amended or repealed because it is often used to settle grudges, persecute minorities and fan religious extremism.

    Dozens of Pakistanis are sentenced to death each year under the law, although most cases are thrown out by higher courts and no executions have been carried out. The law, however, is unlikely to be repealed because the government’s ruling party – largely secular – relies on the support of Islamist groups.

    Islamist political parties have recently demonstrated in support of the law and the sentence against Ms Bibi. One hardline cleric said if the government did not execute Ms Bibi, his mosque would pay anyone who killed her $US5800 ($5890).

    http://www.smh.com.au/world/doctor-arrested-for-blasphemy-over-discarded-business-card-20101213-18vin.html

  18. Sunni, Shia, Barelvi, Deobandi, Ahl-e-Hadith, all united against humanity:

    Major religious parties of the country have decided to launch a movement to safeguard the sanctity of prophethood.

    Speaking at a press conference after a meeting of religious parties and the chiefs of all the five boards of religious schools, Central President of the Jamiat Ulema-i-Pakistan (JUP) Sahibzada Abul Khair Muhammad Zubair and leader of Jamat Ahl-i-Sunnat Pir Atiqur Rehman said that the parties have agreed to a one-point agenda of “Tahafuz-i-Namoos-i-Risalat”.

    Munawwar Hasan, Fazlur Rehman, Sajid Mir, Sajid Naqvi, Mufti Muneebur Rehman, Hamidul Haq Haqqani and Qazi Hussain Ahmed were also present at the press conference. The two leaders said the meeting unanimously agreed to set up the Tehrik-i-Tahafuz-i-Namoos-i-Risalat with Sahibzada Abul Khair Muhammad Zubair as its convener.
    The meeting decided to launch a joint struggle for which the strategy will be finalised in an All Parties Conference to be held in Islamabad on December 15. The strategy will be announced by the action committee.

    Published in The Express Tribune, December 13th, 2010.

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/89428/sanctity-religious-parties-form-united-front/

    Religious parties threatens to launch movement against govt

    RAWALPINDI, (SANA): The religious parties of the country have announced to launch movement on the expected amendment in blasphemy laws by the government.

    A meeting of head of religious parties organized by the Tehreek-e-Nifaz-e-Namoos-e-Risalat held here on Sunday.

    The participants announced that if the government would try to bring changes in blasphemy laws the religious parties would announce wheel jam strikes, million marches and surround the Islamabad all.

    The religious parties warned the rulers that if they would try to bring changes in blasphemy laws the masses would through them out of the power corridors.

    The religious parties also announced to hold All Parties Tahaffaz-e-Namoos-e-Risalat conference in 15th December at Islamabad in which important decisions for the future course of the movement would be announced.

    Jamiat Ulma-e-Islam-Fazal (JUI-F) head and Chairman Parliamentary Kashmir Committee, Maulana Fazal-ul-Rehman addressing the meeting said that the personality of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is the centre of unity for the Muslim Ummah. He said that the colonial powers trying to divide the Muslims on the bases of sects.

    He said that all the religious parties are agreed on the implementation of Islamic Laws in the country. He said that the law and the implementation of law are two different things. “is the misuse of other laws are not being practiced, why these laws are not repealed” he questioned.

    He said that the government wants to make changes in the blasphemy laws by following the international agenda.

    He said that the Religious Affairs Minister Hamid Saeed Kazmi’s matter is between the two federal ministers and JUI-F is not the part of that matter. He said that the Prime Minister took the notice of that matter, adding that his party has no objection on the Hamid Saeed Kazmi as Religious Minister of the country.

    Amir Jamaat-e-Islami, Syed Munawar Hassan addressing the meeting said that on the critical juncture in the history of the country the religious parties have represented the nation in true manner.

    He said that the people are in favor of religious agenda, adding that the Pakistani society is a religious society and wants implementation of religious agenda.

    He said that there is need to fight against the price hike and unemployment, adding that the efforts of the government to bring changes in blasphemy laws is not an accidental thing the government is following a preplanned agenda set by the US.

    He said that America has decided to overhaul the whole constitution of Pakistan, adding this is a matter of Islamic ideology.
    He said that the joint movement of all religious parties would be launched against the aspirations of the government, adding that the masses are ready to support the movement.

    He said that the half of the members of the parliament of PPP are the remains of the former general Zia-ul-Haq, Amir JI Munawar Hassan demanded of the Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani to issue policy statements of the government on the matter.

    Former Amir JI Qazi Hussain Ahmad on the occasion stressed on the need to achieve such strength for the protection of Islam that no body could dare to bring changes in the blasphemy laws.

    He said that the religious parties are the real strength of the country, adding that all religious parties should have to unite on the agenda of the protection of Islamic Laws.
    Islami Tehreek Amir Syed Sajid Ali Naqvi on the occasion said that the international forces are trying from a long time to bring changes in the blasphemy laws of Pakistan, adding that the whole nation is united for the safety of the Islamic Laws.

    He said that there is need to continue protest against the conspiracies which are being hatched for brining changes in the blasphemy laws.

    Addressing the participants of the meeting Markazi Jamiat-Ahle-Hadith Amir Senator Professor Sajid Mir said that there is uniformity among all the sects of the Islam that the punishment of blasphemy is the death, adding that any change in the law would not be tolerated.

    He said that the pardon of the criminal of blasphemy is not acceptable, adding that no one including president prime minister have the authority to pardon the person who has committed blasphemy of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace Pe Upon Him).
    He stressed on the need for starting a joint movement of all religious parties against the expected changes in blasphemy laws.

    Addressing the participants of the meeting, the JUI-S Amir Hamid-ul-Haq Haqqani said that all the masses are seeing towards the religious parties, adding that no one in the country is happy over the performance of the current situation of the country.

    Addressing the participants the organizer of the programme Pir Sahibzada Atiq- ur-Rehman said that the need is to permanently close down the doors of conspiracies being hatched for brining changes in blasphemy laws.

    Qari Zawar Bahadur, Sahibzada Abu Alkhair Zubbair, Qari Hafeez Jalandhri and others also addressed the meeting

    http://www.sananews.net/english/2010/12/13/religious-parties-threatens-to-launch-movement-against-govt/

    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=20101213story_13-12-2010_pg7_13

  19. My head bows in shame when I read such news. We are going mad by the day! Many years ago there was a joke that tell all molvis that we are taking you for Tableegh to Hawaii. Take the plane and crash it into the Pacific Ocean. I guess now they will need many many planes.

  20. Doctor accused of blasphemy released
    From the Newspaper
    (12 hours ago) Today
    Tagged: blasphemy, blasphemy case

    A police source claimed that the doctor was released on Monday morning. It is not known whether any remand was obtained for his police custody before the release. – File Photo
    HYDERABAD: Dr Noshad Walyani who was booked in a blasphemy case was released by Cantonment police on Monday, according to sources.

    But police refused to confirm or deny his release.

    Mr Walyani was booked under Section 295-C on the complaint of Mohammad Faizan in FIR no 306/2010 on Saturday after he was handed over to police by a group of enraged representatives of different pharmaceutical companies for his alleged blasphemous remarks.

    Supervisory Police Officer (SPO) Cantonment Bilal Umer, who heard the two parties before registration of the case on Saturday, claimed that the case would be investigated by an SP. When he was contacted on Monday for update in the case, he said: “I call you back to discuss it.” But he didn’t respond since then.

    Dr Walyani was shifted to the CIA centre of Hyderabad in an armoured personnel carrier soon after the FIR’s registration.

    A police source claimed that he was released on Monday morning. It is not known whether any remand was obtained for his police custody before the release.

    The incident took place on Dec 9 and the complainant lodged the case on Dec 11 following consultation with his friends who had gathered outside Cantonment police station.

    Complainant’s cellphone was also found off.

    PMA PLEA: The Sindh chapter of the Pakistan Medical Association has called for a judicial inquiry into the allegation against Dr Noshad Walyani. Office-bearers of the association said at a press conference in Karachi on Monday that the association was concerned over the ‘orchestrated incident’, urging the authorities to ensure security of life to Mr Walyani.

    The PMA called for a judicial inquiry into the violence against Dr Walyani and arrest of those who physically abused him.

    http://www.dawn.com/2010/12/14/doctor-accused-of-blasphemy-released-2.html

  21. @raza—–akhir tum shia log hum logon ke peeche kiyoon par gaye….tum log 5 per cent ho—agar pakistan ke awam uth khare huwe tau 1 per cent bhi naheen rehne ke………

  22. جواد احمد خارجی ، تم انتہا پسند دیوبندی تو پہلے ہی سپاہ صحابہ اور طالبان کی شکل میں شیعوں ، بریلویوں، احمدیوں ، مسیحیوں وغیرہ کا قتل عام کر رہے ہو – قصور تمہارا نہیں – تمھارے خارجی ، تکفیری اور تشدد پسند عقیدوں کا ہے جو تم نے ابن تیمیہ، محمد بن عبدلوہاب ، منظور نعمانی، حقنواز جھنگوی اور ملا عمر لعنت الله علیھم سے مستعار لیے ہیں

    تمہاری اطلا ع کے لیے عرض ہے کے میں سنی ہوں لیکن تمھارے جیسے مردود دشمنان انسانیت سے تو یہودیوں کو بھی بہتر سمجھتا ہوں

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