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JUI-F leaders announce protest without reading tabled blasphemy law amendments

JUI-F leaders announce protest without reading tabled anti-blasphemy law amendments

  • Not aware of CII’s decision in favour of amendments

By Urooj Zia (Pakistan Today; 30 December 2010)

KARACHI: Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazlur Rahman group (JUI-F) leaders in Karachi have not studied amendments in the blasphemy laws which have been tabled in the National Assembly by former federal information minister Sherry Rehman. “All we know is that these amendments have been tabled by someone who is not an aalim-e-deen (scholar of religion). Sherry Rehman is not qualified to suggest any changes in religious laws,” JUI-F Karachi Ameer Qari Muhammad Usman told Pakistan Today.

He was not aware either of the December 18 decision of the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII), the country’s top constitutional advisory body on Islamic injunctions, to accept procedural amendments in the blasphemy laws in order to prevent these laws from being abused. “Nothing of the sort has happened, or we would have known,” Usman claimed despite the fact that the CII chief, Senator Muhammad Khan Sherani, is from Usman’s own party.

The JUI-F, meanwhile, has resolved to go ahead with a ‘peaceful shutter-down strike’ on December 31 to protest any amendments in the blasphemy laws. Party leaders reiterated during a press conference on Wednesday that the strike would go ahead as planned, and is being backed by traders’ and transporters’ groups in the city. “We will prove that Karachi is a city of ‘Ghulaman-e-Mustafa’ (lovers of the Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh)),” Usman said.

Before leaving for Umrah the same day, party chief Fazlur Rehman also claimed that a successful strike on December 31 will make the lives of the ‘rulers and the west’ miserable. “Protecting the honour of the Prophet Muhammed (Pbuh) is our religious and national responsibility as Muslims,” he maintained. “If the rulers don’t change their attitudes, the people will make their lives difficult.” Rehman also announced a rally in Karachi on January 9 and declared that this event will “also be successful”. He will return from Umrah on January 8.

  1. December 30, 2010 at 16:37

    Love, love that conversation …

  2. December 30, 2010 at 15:49

    The conversation behind this story:

    After five minutes of listening to the guy refer to Sherry Rehman as ‘beghaerat’ etc:

    Me: Have you read the amendments tabled by Sherry Rehman?

    Him: Jee? Ji nahi! HumeiN zarooret nahi hai. (What? No! We don’t need to.) Sherry is not qualified to table any religion-based amendments!

    Me: But she obviously didn’t formulate them entirely on her own, and consulted scholars, don’t you think?

    Him: Aisa kuch nahi hua. (Nothing of this sort happened) And we don’t need to read it.

    Then I asked him some very pointed questions about the amendments. He couldn’t answer any of them and kept saying that only ‘aalim-e-deen’ can suggest any changes.

    Me: CII waaley aalim-e-deen haiN? (Are CII members scholars of religion?)

    Him: Zaahir si baat hai! (Obviously!)

    Me: They’ve accepted some procedural amendments.

    Him: KIA?! Aisa kuch nahi hua hai! (WHAT?! Nothing of this sort has happened!)

    Me: Kaafi purani khabr hai yeh. Aap ka kia khyal hai? (This is fairly old news. What do you think?)

    Him: Jee nahi aisa hua hota tou humeiN pata hota! (Had this happened, we would have known!)

    Me: But how do you not know? The CII chief, Sherani, is from your own party.


    Me: kthxbai! :-D

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