Salman Taseer talks nonsense on Benazir Bhutto's murder

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In a recent tweet (23 December 2010), Mr Salman Taseer (Governor of the Punjab province) commends a “research” which concludes that Baitullah Mehsud was Benazir Bhutto’s killer.

Here is the exact tweet:

Concluded it was Baitullah Masood xcellent researchRT @gpspakistan: Book on BB’s murder launched Daily Times\12\23\story_23-12-2010_pg7_23

News item

Here is the news item Mr Taseer referred to which was published in his own newspaper:

Book on BB’s murder launched
Source: Daily Times, 23 December 2010

LAHORE: A renowned journalist, Sohail Warraich, has launched his book on the life and murder of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, based on unbiased research. The author has disclosed thrilling facts about the incident. He has written in detail on undisclosed aspects of the episode and has tried to find out if there is any role of the US, Musharraf, Zardari, Baitullah Mehsud or the intelligence agencies, including ISI, in the incident, the identity of the man wearing a ghazi cap who is said to have stopped the car, etc. Who was behind staging a fake encounter for killing the accused suspects of the murder?

He has also obtained opinions from the world’s top experts to find out if the will produced is a real or a fake document. He has thrown light for the first time on the reasons for the differences between Naheed Khan and Asif Zardari. The book includes the viewpoint of the Taliban on the murder of Benazir Bhutto. Special interviews with 100 VIPs like General (R) Musharraf, President Zardari, Naheed Khan, Khalid Shahenshah and Rehman Malik have been incorporated in the book. The book includes rare pictures, sketches, maps, original reports and tables for illustration. Besides, the interesting details of a number of meetings of the writer with Benazir Bhutto have enhanced the worth of the book.

Using Mr Salman Taseer’s wisdom, let us conclude that Benazir Bhutto’s father, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, was not killed by General Zia-ul-Haq but by Tara Maseeh or Chief Justice of the Lahore High Court Maulvi Mushtaq Hussein.

While Baitullah Mehsud and his nominated suicide bomber may be the footsoldiers, it is criminal to ignore those who master-minded BB’s murder by creating, mentoring and supporting Mehsud and his likes.


We think that Salman Taseer’s comments and actions deserve to be carefully scrutinized.

Is it just a coincidence that he happened to be a common choice of the establishment and the PPP even before the PPP came to power through elections. He served as a minister in the caretaker cabinet of Prime Minister Muhammad Mian Soomro under Pervez Musharraf. He was appointed to the post of governor on 15 May 2008 in place of outgoing governor, Lt Gen (R) Khalid Maqbool by former President, General Pervez Musharraf.

During Musharraf’s military rule while other politicians (including Rana Sanaullah, Yusuf Raza Gilani, Javed Hashmi etc) remained faithful to their party, Taseer deftly managed to placate the former military dictator and expanded his business empire.

The PPP workers in the Punjab province are questioning any good that Mr Taseer has done to the party in the past three years.

Here is another example of a Tweet by Mr Taseer:

“One thing is clear from Wikileaks that elected persons wth peoples mandate don’t run Pakistan. Makes elections pointless”

If Mr Taseer really believes that people’s mandate is unnecessary, then why doesn’t he just resign from the government? How can someone from the ruling party say something like this in a public forum?

Does it show the fact that Mr Taseer is unable to be elected even as a councillor in any constituency in the province he is currently ruling?

True loyalties

Mr Taseer’s comment are particularly bland when he is known to have almost abandoned the PPP when Benazir Bhutto was in exile and her husband was in prison for almost 11 years.

By stating and reinforcing the establishment’s line that Baitullah Mehsud was Benazir Bhutto’s killer, Mr Taseer has clearly demonstrated where his loyalties lie.

Those who are still unclear may feel free to consult the following archive of articles.

Related articles:

SP Ashfaq Anwer’s statement confirms ISI’s role in Benazir Bhutto’s murder – by Kamran Shafi

Report of the UN commission on Benazir Bhutto’s assassination: General Musharraf and the ISI indicted

The UN commission report on Benazir Bhutto’s murder and the ISI’s spin-doctors – by Haider Nizamani

The UN Commission’s report on Benazir Bhutto’s murder is an indictment of Pakistan’s army and intelligence agencies – by Syed Talat Hussain

They killed Benazir Bhutto and this is how it happened – by Anas Abbas

Shame all around – by Kamran Shafi

Benazir Bhutto Case: Access Denied is Justice Denied – by Anas Muhammad

Who murdered Benazir Bhutto? – by Christina Lamb

Questions, more questions about the ISI’s involvement in Benazir Bhutto’s murder – by Kamran Shafi

Investigation of Benazir Bhutto’s murder by a committee and a half – By Kamran Shafi

They killed Benazir Bhutto and this is how it happened – by Anas Abbas

Who killed Benazir Bhutto? Who really is Qari Saifullah Akhtar? – by Yousuf Nazar

10 Comments to “Salman Taseer talks nonsense on Benazir Bhutto's murder”

  1. In the 1990, 1993 and 1997 general elections, he ran as an MNA but lost. In 2007, he was appointed the interim Federal Minister for Industries, Production and Special Initiatives.

    He will never support electoral politics.

  2. The governor of Punjab, the country’s wealthiest and most populous province, tweeted that Adil Gilani had once been fired on suspicion of fraud, an allegation that turned out to be false.

    Los Angeles Times,0,1692529.story

  3. A friend, who would like to remain anonymous, has sent the following email in Salman Taseer’s defence:

    I think there are reasons to like Salmaan Taseer. Some of them are as follows:

    1. He has been a political opponent of the Sharifs in elections as well as suffered at their hands through victimization. Hence he is not intimidated by the brothers and their henchmen.

    2. If one looks at PPP nominated governors in Punjab since 1988, which included Tikka Khan and Raja Saroop, ST is the most aggressive. Being an opponent of the Sharifs, he has no reason to play a very complicit attitude towards them.

    3. ST has made most of his money in Pakistan through telecom, cable networks, real estate, retail malls etc. Most importantly, majority of his companies are public corporations allowing public shareholding and no reason to be tax evaders.

    4. He has very openly said that he will bring a PPP chief minister in Punjab, something which is the cherished goal of every jiyala but unfortunately this is something no one dares to say.

    5. Jiyalas generally tend to get disappointed and depressed quickly. ST is smart and witty, he does keep you interested. In politics, morale being high is a premium.

    Personally, the choices to have a governor in Punjab were to be made, then it would have been a very docile establishment tout or a ppp jiyala. ST is exposing the sharifs and punjab government whenever he gets a chance and is providing the contrarian view to a “popular” notion of a well governed province.

  4. Comment by another friend:

    What I see is appointing Salman Taseer as governor is to hold some power in punjab by PPP and that is politics.But what Salman Taseer has achieved as governor of Punjab?Good or bad but this is the reality that PML-N has popularity in Punjab and Mr Salman seems as villain against Punjab government.

    His perception in public is only to make troubles for PML-N. I do not think he is making good image of PPP in Punjab. Aside from this, what is his achievement and role to provide better service to the people?

    Particularly when he says ‘awaam ko tax dena pare ga”

  5. بینظیر قتل کیس میں
    MI اورISI
    کے افسران کو شامل تفتیش کرنیکا فیصلہ

    راولپنڈی . . . . . بینظیر بھٹو قتل کیس میں گرفتار راول پنڈی پولیس کے سابق سی پی او سعود عزیز اور ایس پی خرم شہزاد نے پوچھ گچھ کے دوران ملٹری انٹیلی جنس اور آئی ایس آئی کے چار افسروں کے نام لئے ہیں، جن سے پوچھ گچھ کی جائے گی۔ ایف آئی اے کے پراسیکیوٹر چودھری ذوالفقار نے راول پنڈی کی انسداد دہشت گردی کی عدالت کے باہر میڈیا کو بتایا کہ سعود عزیز اور خرم شہزاد نے پوچھ گچھ کے دوران ایم آئی اور آئی ایس آئی کے میجر اور کرنل رینک کے افسروں کے نام لئے ہیں ، جوبے نظیربھٹوکی شہادت کے بعدان کے ساتھ رابطے میں تھے۔ اس سے پہلے عدالت نے بے نظیر بھٹو قتل کیس میں گرفتار راول پنڈی پولیس کے سابق سی پی او سعود عزیز اور ایس پی خرم شہزاد کو چھ روزہ جسمانی ریمانڈ پر وفاقی تحقیقاتی ادارے ایف آئی اے کے حوالے کردیا۔ بینظیر بھٹو قتل کیس کی تحقیقات کرنے والی ایف آئی اے کی ٹیم نے اس مقدمہ میں سعود عزیز اور خرم شہزاد کو انسداد دہشت گردی کی خصوصی عدالت میں پیش کیا ، ایف آئی اے کے وکیل نے ملزموں کا بارہ روزہ جسمانی ریمانڈ لینے کی درخواست کی جبکہ عدالت نے ان کاچھ روزہ ریمانڈدیا۔

  6. راولپنڈی کی انسداد دہشت گردی کی عدالت نے سابق وزیر اعظم بینظیر بھٹو کے قتل کے مقدمے میں گرفتار ہونے والے ڈی آئی جی سعود عزیز اور ایس ایس پی خُرم شہزاد کو چھ روزہ جسمانی ریمانڈ پر وفاقی تحقیقاتی ادارے یعنی ایف آئی اے کے حوالے کر دیا ہے جبکہ سرکاری وکیل کا کہنا ہے کہ اس مقدمے میں آئی ایس آئی اور ایم آئی کے اہلکاروں کو بھی شامل تفتیش کیا جائے گا۔

    کلِک مناسب سکیورٹی ہوتی تو بینظیر بچ سکتی تھیں: اقوامِ متحدہ کی رپورٹ

    عدالت نے تحقیقاتی ٹیم کو ملزمان کے خلاف چالان جلد از جلد پیش کرنے کا حکم دیا ہے۔

    بینظیر بھٹو کی لیاقت باغ کے باہر ایک خودکش حملے میں ہلاکت کے وقت ڈی آئی جی سعود عزیز راولپنڈی پولیس کے سربراہ تھے جبکہ ایس ایس پی خُرم شہزاد راول ٹاؤن میں تعینات تھے۔

    بی بی سی اردو ڈاٹ کام کے نامہ نگار شہزاد ملک کے مطابق ان ملزمان کو پولیس کے سخت پہرے میں عدالت میں پیش کیا گیا اور تفتیشی افسر نے ملزمان کے بارہ روزہ جسمانی ریمانڈ کی استدعا کی۔

    اس مقدمے کے تفتیشی افسر اور سرکاری وکیل کا موقف تھا کہ مذکورہ افراد بینظیر بھٹو قتل کے بارے میں بہت سی معلومات رکھتے ہیں جو ابھی تک اُنہوں نے خفیہ رکھی ہوئی ہیں۔ اُنہوں نے کہا کہ اس مقدمے کے حوالے سے ملزمان کے زیر استعمال موبائل فون کا ریکارڈ حاصل کیا جانا چاہیئے۔

    خفیہ ایجنسیوں کے ان اہلکاروں کو بھی شامل تفتیش کیا جائے گا اس کے علاوہ دیگر افراد سے بھی پوچھ گچھ کی جائے گی
    سرکاری وکیل ذوالفقار احمد

    ملزمان کے وکیل ملک رفیق نے اس کی مخالفت کرتے ہوئے کہا کہ پاکستان میں کسی بھی موبائل کمپنی کے پاس ایسی کوئی ٹیکنالوجی نہیں ہے جو ایک سال سے زائد عرصے تک کسی موبائل فون کا ریکارڈ رکھ سکے۔ اُنہوں نے کہا کہ اُن کے موکلوں کے خلاف ابھی تک کوئی ناقابل تردید شواہد عدالت میں پیش نہیں کیے گئے جس سے یہ ظاہر ہوتا ہو کہ اُن کا بینظیر بھٹو کے قتل کی سازش میں کوئی کردار ہے۔ اُنہوں نے کہا کہ ایسا محسوس ہوتا ہے کہ سیاسی فائدہ حاصل کرنے کے لیے اُن کے موکلوں کو اس مقدمے میں شامل کیا گیا ہے۔

    سرکاری وکیل ذوالفقار احمد نے سماعت کے بعد میڈیا کے نمائندوں کو بتایا کہ دوران تفتیش ملزمان نے بتایا ہے کہ وقوعہ کے روز فوج کے خفیہ ادارے آئی ایس آئی اور ایم آئی کے افسران اُن کے ساتھ رابطے میں تھے۔ سرکاری وکیل کا کہنا تھا کہ خفیہ ایجنسیوں کے ان اہلکاروں کو بھی شامل تفتیش کیا جائے گا اس کے علاوہ دیگر افراد سے بھی پوچھ گچھ کی جائے گی۔

    سرکاری وکیل کا کہنا تھا کہ ان پولیس افسران نے وقوعہ کے ایک گھنٹے کے بعد ہی جائے حادثہ کو دھو دیا جبکہ جائے وقوعہ کو پندرہ دنوں تک محفوظ کرنے کی قانون میں گُنجائش موجود ہے۔

    اُنہوں نے کہا کہ سابق فوجی آمر پرویز مشرف پر جب راولپنڈی میں قاتلانہ حملہ ہوا تھا تواُس وقت جائے حادثہ کو چار روز تک نہیں دھویا گیا تھا۔

  7. Baitullah Mehsud: Scapegoat or Perpetrator in Benazir Bhutto’s Assassination?

    Publication: Terrorism Monitor Volume: 6 Issue: 5March 7, 2008

    By: Afzal Khan

    Baitullah Mehsud speaks with reporters in 2008 (Photo: Reuters)

    Baitullah Mehsud, chief of Pakistan’s Tehrek-e-Taliban (Movement of the Taliban), was declared a “proclaimed offender” on March 1 with a warrant of arrest issued for him by an anti-terrorist court in Rawalpindi for allegedly masterminding the assassination of Benazir Bhutto in that city on December 27, 2007. Four others still at large have had warrants issued for their arrest, while another four suspects remain in custody after their arrests in January and February. Those in custody have allegedly confessed their links to the plot and the leading role of Baitullah (Dawn [Karachi], March 1).

    Despite this, there are signs that Baitullah may not have been directly involved in the operational aspects of the assassination plot. As an unrelenting foe to the Pakistani military in the hard battleground of South Waziristan, he may have already had his hands full. In addition, he is reported to be leading his Pakistani Taliban to aid the Afghan Taliban under Jalaluddin Haqqani and his sons in neighboring Afghanistan during various forays against U.S.-NATO forces there (Newsline [Karachi], February).

    Making the Links to Baitullah

    In the first place, days after Bhutto’s assassination, retired Brigadier Javed Iqbal Cheema, a spokesman for Pakistan’s Interior Ministry, became the laughingstock of the Pakistani nation when he appeared on television and claimed that Bhutto died from neither a bullet wound nor the explosion that followed. He claimed Bhutto was the victim of a freak accident that fractured her skull against a metal lever as she climbed down from the roof of the armored van and stumbled when the van was rocked by the explosion. This contradicted widely viewed television footage that clearly showed a gunman firing at her from almost point-blank range just before the explosion that killed 21 other people (Weekly Pulse [Islamabad], January 3).

    To add to the controversy, Brigadier Cheema played an audio tape that purported to have captured a conversation between Baitullah and one of his religious leaders in which Baitullah congratulated those who carried out the assassination. The original tape was not shown and there was no proof that the voice was that of Baitullah (Dawn, December 28; Newsline, January).

    Earlier, Pakistani media had widely reported that the medical doctors who tried to revive Bhutto in the hospital had noticed possible bullet entry and exit wounds in the neck and head. But no autopsy was allowed by security forces and the body was hurriedly flown to her ancestral home in Sind province for burial. Thereafter, more than one medical report surfaced that pointed to a shrapnel wound from the bombing or fracture of the skull from a blunt object. Bhutto’s aides, who cradled her body in the armored van after the explosion, also claimed to have seen bullet entry and exit wounds in her neck and head (Newsline, January).

    A subsequent and belated Scotland Yard investigation conducted without an autopsy—denied by Bhutto’s husband Asif Zardari—left the cause of her death in a murky area, citing a blunt force injury to the right side of her head and the appearance of a neck wound from an undetermined source in the final report (Dawn, February 9).

    Baitullah, through his spokesman, denied his involvement in the killing, saying that it was not in the Pashtun tribal tradition to kill women. But there were earlier reports of threats against her life from Baitullah and other Pakistani Taliban leaders in the context of her unwelcome return to Pakistan as a perceived “stooge of America.” President Musharraf is, of course, seen by Baitullah as the main collaborator in the United States’ terrorism war in Waziristan, Swat and other areas in the tribal borderland abutting Afghanistan.

    Involvement of the Lashkar-i-Jhangvi?

    As the elected leader of the Pakistani Taliban, Baitullah has become fair game for various accusations, especially since his movement has attracted al-Qaeda members, Kashmiri jihadis and criminal elements. Among these is the banned Lashkar-i-Jhangvi (Army of Jhangvi), a group whose leaders took refuge among the Taliban in Afghanistan during the 1990s when Punjab police were after them. This fundamentalist Sunni group centered in southern Punjab province became notorious for assassinations of rival Shiite leaders, politicians and professionals.

    Indeed, a telephone call to the Asia Times Online Bureau Chief in Karachi from an al-Qaeda commander in Afghanistan claimed that they assassinated Bhutto to “terminate an American asset which vowed to defeat the mujahideen.” The commander said the “death squad” consisted of Punjabi associates of the underground anti-Shiite militant group Lashkar-i-Jhangvi, operating under al-Qaeda orders (Asia Times Online, December 29, 2007). The Bhuttos are Shiite.

    But according to a poll conducted by GlobeScan for BBC Urdu before the release of the Scotland Yard report on February 8, the largest number of respondents at 39 percent believed that “Pakistan’s security agencies or people linked to them” were responsible for Bhutto’s assassination. Other responses were 24 percent blaming “some other party,” and 21 percent saying that they did not know. Only 16 percent believed the government’s contention that Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah and his al-Qaeda network carried out the assassination (Dawn, February 14).

    Pakistan’s Interior Ministry had previously linked Baitullah to the October 18, 2007 suicide attacks on Bhutto as she traveled from the airport to her residence in Karachi. In that connection, police on February 26 arrested Qari Saifullah Akhtar, a well-known Kashmir jihadi leader who had previously gone underground for other crimes. But some days later, Interior Ministry spokesman Brigadier Cheema told newsmen that there was no record of Qari Akhtar’s arrest (Dawn, March 4).

    Tehrek-e-Taliban Operations in the Tribal Areas

    On the eve of the formation of a new civilian government, Pakistan’s interim government and new military chief appear to be keen on pursuing Baitullah. The military went into action again in South Waziristan after Baitullah brazenly captured the Sararogha Fort in a night attack on January 15 that overwhelmed the skeleton force of Frontier Corps troops manning it. After other forts were attacked, regular army troops backed by aircraft and artillery moved in a three-pronged attack on the Mehsud tribal territory in central South Waziristan. Supply roads to many Mehsud villages in the snowy mountains that rise to 11,000 feet were cut off and there was an effective blockade. In the ensuing stalemate and harsh weather conditions, both sides were ready for another ceasefire. Baitullah was reported to have first made the move on February 6, ordering his Taliban forces to stop attacking the Pakistani military not only in Waziristan but also in Swat and other tribal areas (Geo TV, February 6).

    But there is speculation that apart from the pressure of the impending parliamentary elections on February 18, the indefinite ceasefire appeared to have been quickly accepted by the military because that same day, on February 6, a military helicopter crashed soon after it took off from Wana, the agency’s headquarters. Among the eight killed was Major General Javed Sultan, the commander of the Kohat garrison, who was also in charge of military operations in South Waziristan. Two brigadier-generals were included among the dead. A military spokesman ruled out hostile action and blamed the crash of the U.S.-made Bell 412 helicopter on a technical fault (Daily Times [Lahore], February 7). However, Indian security officials tracking developments inside Pakistan believe that the helicopter may have been shot down (Times of India, February 7). Helicopters have been known to be vulnerable to rocket-propelled grenades fired from mountainsides in previous conflicts in Afghanistan.

    A Coming Offensive Against Baitullah’s Command

    There is more ominous news ahead for Baitullah. Pakistan’s military appears to be preparing for a new offensive against him and there is speculation that it may be done in coordination with U.S.-NATO forces attacking the Taliban in a spring offensive from the Afghan side of the border. U.S. officials say that the Pakistani tribal region has become a growing threat because it provides a safe haven to al-Qaeda, which is believed to be deepening its ties to the Afghan Taliban, Baitullah’s Pakistani Taliban and other militant groups. Top U.S. defense officials have already publicly offered help to Pakistan against these militants (The News [Karachi], March 1).

    Already the Special Operations Command (SOCOM) has agreed to send a limited number of its officers to train the Frontier Corps in counter-insurgency. Besides providing help with their high-tech equipment, these Special Forces may also accompany Pakistani troops for purposes of surveillance and coordination (Asia Times Online, February 21).

    In a possibly life-threatening development for Baitullah, targeted missile strikes from across the Afghan border and U.S. Predator drone attacks appear to be on the rise. An unmanned Predator killed al-Qaeda leader Abu Laith al-Libbi near Mirali in North Waziristan on January 28, while a further eight suspected militants were killed by a missile attack in the Kalosha area of South Waziristan on February 28. The militants reportedly included four Arabs, two Turkmen and two Punjabis. Local tribesmen reported seeing a pilotless drone over the area (AFP, February 28).


    It increasingly appears that Baitullah may have been more of a scapegoat rather than a perpetrator in the assassination of Bhutto. In the shadowy world of the many Islamist groups, renegade elements of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and rival politicians who have hated Benazir Bhutto, Baitullah registered more clearly in the public eye. The proscribed Lashkar-i-Jhangvi (Army of Jhangvi) could very well be the real culprit. But in the tradition of blaming all terrorist acts on Osama bin Laden, Pakistan’s military and the U.S. government have found it convenient to lay the blame squarely on Baitullah, especially since he has become such a public figure in the global war on terrorism. The elimination of Baitullah would now meet with greater public approval.


    From another thread:

    It is really entertaining to see our civil society types showering uncritical applause at Salman Taseer’s (opportunistic) photo sessions with Aasia bibi.

    And then I saw him celebrating the failure of Indian space rocket. Indeed a great patriot and a champion of human rights!

    امیر شہر غریبوں کو لوٹ لیتا ہے
    کبھی بحیلہ مذہب کبھی بنام وطن

    Just happened to read this tweet:

    @SalmaanTaseer big fan of your liberal political struggle. Id join u tomorrow if u lead a rally against blasphemy laws on mall road

  8. Who is Gilani trying to please? by Omar Khattab

  9. So much for Slaman Tasir’s photo sessions on the blasphemy law. Will he resign now as a sign of protest against the PPP policy? Morality and civil society are two different things.

    حکومتِ پاکستان کا کہنا ہے کہ وہ توہین رسالت قانون میں ترمیم کا کوئی ارادہ نہیں رکھتی اور وہ اس بات کو یقینی بنائے گی کہ اس قانون کا غلط استعمال نہ کیا جائے۔

    ادھر حکومت کی جانب سے قانون میں ترمیم نہ کرنے کا واضح موقف سامنے آنے کے بعد حقوقِ انسانی اور سول سوسائٹی کی تنظیموں نے اسلام آباد میں احتجاج کیا ہے۔

    اطلاعات و نشریات کے وزیرِ مملکت صمصام بخاری نے بدھ کو اسلام آباد میں ایک پریس کانفرنس سے خطاب کرتے ہوئے کہا کہ پیپلز پارٹی حکومت کا توہین رسالت قانون میں ترمیم کا کوئی ارادہ نہیں ہے۔

    ان کا کہنا تھا کہ اگر پیپلز پارٹی کی جانب سے ترمیم کا کوئی بل ایوان میں پیش ہوا ہے تو وہ ذاتی حیثیت میں تھا نہ کہ حکومت کی جانب سے۔

    انہوں نے کہا کہ جہاں حکومت اس قانون میں ترمیم کا کوئی ارادہ نہیں رکھتی وہیں اس امر کو بھی یقینی بنایا جائے گا کہ اس قانون کا غلط استعمال نہ ہو اور اسے اپنا مطلب نکالنے کے لیے استعمال نہ کیا جائے۔

    حکومت کو ایک قانون نافذ کرنے کی کوشش کرنی چاہیے جس سے تمام شہری اپنے آپ کو محفوظ تصور کر سکیں۔
    فرزانہ باری
    توہین رسالت کے قانون میں ترمیم سے حکومتی انکار مبصرین کے خیال میں سیاسی و معاشی بحرانوں میں گھری پیپلز پارٹی حکومت کی بظاہر کسی نئے بحران سے بچنے کی ایک کوشش ہے۔ خیال رہے کہ مذہبی جماعتوں نے اس قانون میں کسی بھی ترمیم کی کوشش کے خلاف جمعہ کو ملک بھر میں ہڑتال کی کال دی ہے۔

    دوسری جانب قانون میں ترمیم نہ کیے جانے پر حقوق انسانی اور سول سوسائٹی تنظیموں پر مشتمل انسانی حقوق اتحاد نے جمعرات کو اسلام آباد میں پارلیمان کے سامنے یہ احتجاج کیا۔

    ان کا مطالبہ تھا کہ وفاقی شریعت کورٹ اور عورتوں اور اقلیتوں کے خلاف امتیازی قوانین ختم کیے جائیں۔ تقریباً تین درجن مظاہرین نے پلے کارڈز اٹھا رکھے تھے جن پر امتیازی قوانین ختم کرنے کا مطالبہ درج تھا۔

    انسانی حقوق اتحاد کے مظاہرے میں شریک حقوق انسانی کی کارکن فرزانہ باری کا کہنا تھا کہ حکومت کو ایک قانون نافذ کرنے کی کوشش کرنی چاہیے جس سے تمام شہری اپنے آپ کو محفوظ تصور کر سکیں۔

    حقوق تحفظ نسواں بل کی شق گیارہ اور اٹھائیس میں ترامیم بری طرح اثرانداز ہوں گی کیونکہ اس سے زنا اور قذف جیسے آرڈیننس یا قوانین دوبارہ نافذ ہوجائیں گے۔
    شاہ تاج قزلباش
    لاہور سے نامہ نگار علی سلمان کے مطابق جوائنٹ ایکشن کمیٹی فار پیپلز رائٹس اور خواتین محاذ عمل نے بھی وفاقی شرعی عدالت کے اس فیصلے کی مخالفت کی ہے جس میں حقوق نسواں بل کی بعض شقوں کو آئین کے متصادم قرار دیا گیا ہے۔

    جے اے سی کے ایک جاری کردہ بیان میں کہا گیا ہے کہ وفاقی شرعی عدالت کے حالیہ فیصلے سے صاف ظاہر ہے کہ یہ عدالت انسانیت بالخوص عورتوں کے خلاف امتیازی سلوک اور رویوں کے نشونما میں سرگرم رہی ہے۔ اتحاد کی کنوینر شاہ تاج قزلباش نے کہا ہے کہ حقوق تحفظ نسواں بل کی شق گیارہ اور اٹھائیس میں ترامیم بری طرح اثرانداز ہوں گی کیونکہ اس سے زنا اور قذف جیسے آرڈیننس یا قوانین دوبارہ نافذ ہوجائیں گے۔

    ان کا کہنا تھا کہ اس کے علاوہ زنا بالجبر اور زنا بالرضا کے مابین جس فرق کو واضح کیا گیا تھاوہ حقوق نسواں بل کی ان شقوں میں ترمیم سے ختم ہوجائے گا اور فوجداری عدالتی نظام میں الجھاؤ پیدا ہوگا۔

    خیال رہے کہ پنجاب میں آسیہ بی بی کا کیس کے سامنے آنے کے بعد ملک میں ایک مرتبہ پھر توہین رسالت قانون پر بحث شروع ہوگئی ہے۔

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