It takes a nation to protect the nation
Another depressingly familiar atrocity from the religion of peace. People still believe Islam is nothing to worry about.
Friday, July 6, 2012
Pakistan Mob Burns Man to Death for Alleged ‘Blasphemy’
Another shocking extra judicial killing
By Dan Wooding and Xavier Patras William
Special to ASSIST News Service
BAHAWALPUR, PUNJAB, PAKISTAN (ANS) -- In another shocking case of extra judicial killing in Pakistan, a man accused of blasphemy was killed by a mob outside a police station.
A shocking picture of the man being burnt alive by the mob
The unidentified man was burnt alive close to a police station on Tuesday evening (July 3, 2012), in the Chani Ghoth area of Bahawalpur in Punjab Province.
A mob broke into the police station and brought him outside and dragged him to the Chanighot Chakar (roundabout), where he had allegedly desecrated the Holy Quran, doused him in petrol (gasoline) and set him on fire.
According to a story by Shahzeb Jillani, BBC World Service South Asia Editor, witnesses said hundreds of people looked on as he screamed for help.
“Pakistan's controversial blasphemy law imposes the death penalty for insulting Islam, but it is rarely carried out,” said Jillani. “The area where the lynching took place is home to hundreds of madrassas - religious schools - run by radical Islamist or sectarian groups.
“Police said they detained the man after locals complained that he had desecrated the Koran. But before the allegation could be investigated, thousands of angry people surrounded the police station, police said.”
The Deputy Superintendent of Police for the Ahmedpur Bahawalpur District said, “The Chani Goth police station received a complaint that a person had burnt pages of the Quran, and the police arrested the person and brought him to the police station and put him in the lock up.”
ANS had learned that the trouble began when a group of religious leaders announced on loud speakers that the men had “committed blasphemy against Islam” which then resulted in the out-of-control mob gathering outside the police station and demanded that police had over the man.
They then blocked the main highway and broke down the gates of the police station and attacked the officers on duty, injuring the Station House Officer, Ghulam Mohiuddin Gajjar, along with his four guards.
“I also sustained a few injuries during the attack. Our 14-15 police officers were injured and were admitted in the hospital,” said the Station House Officer. “Before we could know details about the person who was arrested, the mob broke into the lockup and took out the prisoner, threw petrol [gasoline] on him and burnt him alive.
“They also torched the police vehicles in the police station, this continued for over two hours. The mob stood there until the man completely burnt to death.”
The police say that they believe that the man was “mentally unstable”, but so far have not been able to ascertain his identity.
DSP Naveed said, “We have registered the First Information Report (FIR) about the incident and will arrest the culprits soon. We are thankful to Allah that no policemen were killed in the attack.”
The charred body has been sent for autopsy and are awaiting the result and to try and learn the identity of the person who was killed. So far no one came forward to claim the body of the deceased.
This incident has raised fears amongst the minority population of Pakistan of more extra judicial killing for those accused of blasphemy, or those who help the blasphemy-accused.
He paid for this with his life. Salman Taseer pictured with Asia Bibi.
Among those who have been killed in this is the former Governor Punjab Salman Taseer who was assassinated by his own bodyguard for taking a stand for Asia Bibi, the Christian woman accused of blasphemy. She now says that she also fears for her life after this incident.
The Masihi Foundation Pakistan and Life for All Pakistan have both strongly condemned the incident.
In a statement, they said, “Religion should be kept separate from the state affairs, and burning a man alive is an inhuman act. The police has failed to take action against the people responsible and the law was abused by the mob.
“There is no justification for this barbaric act. The authorities must act and take action against such lawlessness. No one is above the law, and there is no justification in killing a human being. It is for the judicial system to decide whether a person is guilty or not.”
The statement added, “It is time to put an end of the law of the jungle. Laws are made to protect men from other men, not to protect God from humans. We urge the Chief Justice to take notice of the incident and take action against the people involved in the incident. He must ensure the rule of the law in the Country.”
The Bahawalpur Catholic Diocese has also condemned the incident. Father Zafar Samuel from Bahawalpur said, “This is a sad incident and we condemn it. This is an inhuman act. There is a strong need to spread awareness regarding blasphemy and the laws associated with it. These naive people have no idea what it’s all about.”
The Bishop of Rawalpindi/Islamabad, Rufin Anthony, said, “We strongly condemn the attack on the police station and the loss of a human life. The law enforcing agencies must act and ensure the rule of the law. Taking the law in one’s own hands is against the law. It is time for some changes in the legislation, so that it will protect innocent lives and ensure the safety of the people accused and under trial.
“How much more blood do we have to have shed for the authorities to realize that it is time to act.”
According to media reports, Pakistan, President Asif Ali Zardari on Thursday expressed “profound grief and shock” over the burning of the man. Expressing shock, the president directed the adviser on interior to conduct an inquiry into the unfortunate incident and immediately submit the report to him.
He said that no one should be allowed to take law into in his own hand no matter what the crime is. He also directed the authorities concerned to dispense justice in the case according to the law.
Xavier Patras William is an international journalist and human rights activist. He is the Regional Director of “Life for All” in Islamabad, Pakistan, which is an organization is working for human rights and the education of the Christians in Pakistan. The head office of “Life for All” is in Lahore, Pakistan and its regional office is located in Islamabad. Xavier can be reached at:firstname.lastname@example.org
I wonder how well the average Guardian reader will be able to cope with this when it is started on them and their children?
Of course, it will never happen will it?
No, they will never let it happen.
Who's "they"? Its not me because you're doing your best to shut me up, and its clearly not our political leaders because they're still gleefully importing another 1/2 million immigrant voters every year, and its definitely not you - so who is going to stop it?
Well, I don't know, but it'll never happen, and you're just a racist Islamophobe.
Pakistan, President Asif Ali Zardari on Thursday expressed “profound grief and shock” over the burning of the man. Expressing shock, the president directed the adviser on interior to conduct an inquiry into the unfortunate incident and immediately submit the report to him.
An 11-year-old girl with Down's Syndrome is being held on blasphemy charges after being accused of burning pages of the Quran as she apparently gathered paper as fuel for cooking.
The Christian girl, known only as Rimsha, was arrested on Thursday after she was reportedly seen in public holding burnt pages which had Islamic text and Koranic verses on them, a police official told AFP.
A police officer involved in the case, in Pakistan's capital Islamabad, said the accused girl had told him she had no idea there were pages of the Quran inside the papers she had burnt.
Qasim Niazi said the girl was illiterate and had not attended school, although there conflicting reports as to her mental state. He also told CNN 150 people had gathered in a part of town where the Christian population is based and threatened to burn down their houses.
He said: "The mob wanted to burn the girl to give her a lesson." He added families in the area had fled in fear.
Paul Bhatti, Pakistan's minister for National Harmony, told the BBC that it was "unlikely she purposefully desecrated the Koran".
"From the reports I have seen, she was found carrying a waste bag which also had pages of the Koran," he said.
"This infuriated some local people and a large crowd gathered to demand action against her. The police were initially reluctant to arrest her, but they came under a lot of pressure from a very large crowd, who were threatening to burn down Christian homes."
A statement from President Asif Ali Zardari called for an urgent investigation into the incident and insisted vulnerable sections of society must be protected "from any misuse of blasphemy law", Pakistan's Dawn newspaper said.
"Blasphemy by anyone cannot be condoned but no one will be allowed to misuse blasphemy law for settling personal scores," the president's spokesperson Farhatullah Babar said.
I've said it before - I'll say it again - we should stop giving economic and military aid to Pakistan - they are an enemy and they are playing our leaders like a fiddle, claiming to be on our side in the war on terror whilst supporting the Taliban, building nuclear weapons, and exporting heroin to the West, and their citizens living over here spreading islam are a viper in our bosom.
I agree Paul, there are a lot of these mysterious incidents in Pakistan. Of course, we could try discern a pattern, with common characteristics allowing us to implicate certain groups and even deduce causality - but we now know that that entire decadent Western scientific process is corrupt and invalid. We know this because it has repeatedly been shown that despite there being over 24,000 despicable incidents of Islamic Terrorism since 9/11, they are nothing to do with Islam or Muslims, so no connection can be made between them and the real Muslims, who we know are all, 100%, decent, lovable law abiding citizens.
Perhaps some of these great Muslim scholars, that have bequeathed to us nearly all our wonders of science and technology, can also elucidate this mystery for us, and perhaps define some new form of causality?
The next time the master race, or one of its quislings like Russel Brand, whines about some cartoon they feel offended by, we should counter complain that, burning Pakistani Christians alive, according to laws on the statute books, is many times more offensive, so why aren't they doing anything about that?