Blasphemy accused Rimsha finds refuge in Canada

Updated Jun 30, 2013 01:06am
Security personnel shift Rimsha Masih (L) to a helicopter after her release from jail in Rawalpindi on Sept 8, 2012. — Photo by AFP
Security personnel shift Rimsha Masih (L) to a helicopter after her release from jail in Rawalpindi on Sept 8, 2012. — Photo by AFP

ISLAMABAD: A Christian girl who was accused of burning Islam's holy book in a case that focused international attention on Pakistan's harsh blasphemy laws was forced to move to Canada over security concerns, her lawyer said Saturday.

The girl left Pakistan with her parents, three sisters and a brother on March 14, attorney Tahir Naveed Chaudhry said.

The Associated Press did not name the girl due to organisational policy. However, a BBC report has named the blasphemy accused as Rimsha Masih.

A Muslim cleric who lobbied for her release, Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi, said she had been facing threats and was moving constantly. “I am sad that this innocent girl had to leave Pakistan. She had been acquitted by the court, and despite that it was not possible for her to live freely,” he said.

Canada's immigration service said privacy concerns prevented them from saying whether she was in the country.

The girl was arrested in August last year in Islamabad after a Muslim cleric accused her of burning the Quran. The cleric was later accused of fabricating evidence, and the girl was acquitted.

The case received attention in part because of her young age and questions about her mental abilities. An official medical report at the time put her age at 14 although some of her supporters said she was as young as 11. The medical report also said her mental state did not correspond with her age.

Even though the case against her was thrown out, people accused of blasphemy in Pakistan are often subject to vigilante justice.

Mobs have been known to attack and kill people accused of blasphemy, and two prominent politicians who have discussed changes to the blasphemy laws have been killed.

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vishnu
Jun 29, 2013 11:45pm

Good news ... Finally she come out from intolerant Pakistan. ...good for her....

Sarah
Jun 30, 2013 12:05am

I have never been more embarrassed of my nationality. Shame shame, Pakistan!

Ahmed
Jun 30, 2013 12:08am

Another day of shame for Pakistan. Another victory for the criminals posing as "pious muslims" in Pakistan.

Marvin Shukla
Jun 30, 2013 12:19am

Canadian have big heart and soul. Welcome to Canada and all Canadian will support you to live better life.

Best,

Marvin

Muneer bhai
Jun 30, 2013 12:25am

So weak is the state of Pakistan and so miserable the security situation that this is indeed the best path for Rimsha Masih. Best of luck in Canada and may you be happy.

suraj
Jun 30, 2013 12:27am

What a shame! An innocent girl and her family had to leave their country because of blasphemy accusation. This does not speak well of treatment of minorities in pakistan. When will this kind of mentality end where anything perceived to be anti prophet can lead to mob looting, killing, burning etc.

Aqil Siddiqi
Jun 30, 2013 12:38am

I pity to the minorities, who are trying their best to survive in Pakistan. A country, where no one is safe in shape or form, have to be admired for the resilience, they put out in every day of their lives. A country runs by thugs and outlaws is no place for a civilized society.

Canadian
Jun 30, 2013 12:54am

That's awsome .. Canada opens its arm to everyone .. I am glad she is here with her whole family

Zak
Jun 30, 2013 12:52am

Islam forbids killing of anyone , blasphemy or not.

Ali
Jun 30, 2013 01:02am

Long live Canada "The promise land"

G.Nabi
Jun 30, 2013 01:03am

So the cleric who fabricated the evidence, what punishment did he receive ? I bet none. Blasphemy law has been applied so often on false evidence, minorities have been victimized. Good luck to her & her family. In Canada they will have better life & peace of mind which their native country denied them.

Benazeer Abbas
Jun 30, 2013 01:09am

Welcome to great and free country,

Amir
Jun 30, 2013 01:50am

Good for Rimsha and her family! Welcome to religious freedom.

salman cheema
Jun 30, 2013 02:24am

Free at last, Free at last. She and family will live a live of freedom, healty and wealth.Good education and canadian citizenship. Thank you Canada.

Mukesh
Jun 30, 2013 03:13am

How come there are double standards - if a non-Muslim commits blasphemy stone him to death and if a mullah does the same to frame an innocent minor girl then do nothing??

alex
Jun 30, 2013 03:27am

pathetic Pakistan!!

Chaudhry
Jun 30, 2013 04:37am

Dear Rimsha, Glad that you are out of hell that has become Pakistan. The religious intolerance and lack of understanding of Islam has made everyone's life miserable. It is extremely sorry to know that you and your family are forced to leave the motherland of your ancestors. Please remember there are plenty of Pakistanis in Pakistanis and abroad who feel ashamed of what you and your family had to go through in Pakistan. On behalf of those we really want to apologize for the crime of those who are ignorant and lost. We really hope in your life time Pakistan will learn from its mistake and would become a civilized nation again that we were in 1950 & 60s. Those Pakistanis hope to welcome back your family some day.

John
Jun 30, 2013 06:02am

I am glad she left Pakistan and our own country men fabricating the evidence on such a young girl , even though she didn't do any thing to disrespect Islam !!!!!

We are a nation of a laughing stock !!!!

Sakib
Jun 30, 2013 06:50am

Shame on people of Pakistan in general who did not stand against the treatment meted out to this young girl. Any sane person with a little bit humanity and love for prophet Mohammad SAW would know that this is not what He would have wanted from us, muslims. Biggest blasphemous in our prophet's own time was abdullah ibn ubayy who was declared blasphemous clearly in Quran. Even, he was untouched and unharmed by prophet and his companions. Prophet prayed for him at this death and even led his Janazah prayer. What else you bigots want to change your minds and full of hatred souls that it's for Allah to decide who is right and who is wrong. Stop this insanity and let humanity live...

AHA
Jun 30, 2013 07:02am

Safe at last. A shame that our people cannot get safety in our own lands,

ROHIT PANDEY
Jun 30, 2013 07:22am

Welcome to Canada,Rimsha...hope you can attend a special school here to counter your handicaps and hopefully find a new life,away from perverse barbarity in your home country!

malole
Jun 30, 2013 08:11am

Religions brainwash.

Isadora
Jun 30, 2013 10:19am

Shame on those blasphemy laws. It's shameful that the girl can't just go about her life.

Anyone who gets in a quarrel can be accused of blasphemy. The government, bosses or even fellow workers can get someone picked up for 'blasphemy.'

Will anything ever be done about those midievil laws? Everyone seems to be afraid to get rid of them and this young girl and her family having to leave her home is a perfect example of why people are afraid. If the people do object, the ones willing to throw 'blasphemy' around will probably riot and go after others.

Pakisan will never be free untill those laws are simply gone.

I know it's really none of my business, but it is infuriating how some people use that law for their own benefit.

Anon
Jun 30, 2013 10:40am

Thank God for saving her........

Fahad
Jun 30, 2013 01:09pm

Good , you don't deserve to stay here , we are really morons when it comes to these issues , already the court has ruled her innocent then why cant the people accept the decision , when ever the decision is against their will they will say it is not correct , Get a life and respect your courts ! .

A muslim with a mind.

Laeeq,NY
Jun 30, 2013 05:02pm

Welcome to the world of tolerant society. Enjoy your religion and free speech rights.

Rao
Jun 30, 2013 05:09pm

Canada is a good country where people can live in freedom, safety, and being protected by rule of law. Canada is not an utopia. Yet, a billion plus people would choose Canada as a place to live rather than a country like Pakistan.

Welcome to Canada and live a happy life.

Rao, Canada

Bakul
Jun 30, 2013 06:15pm

@Zak: Action speaks louder than words and entire world is seeing the action.

abdul
Jun 30, 2013 06:45pm

@Fahad:

you said it ........

Agha Ata
Jun 30, 2013 06:54pm

If all suspects of blasphemy are sent abroad to live their lives, as our government cannot protect them, in the next 100 years we will be free of all minorities. What a news! Besides, the statement given by General Musharraf that women pretended to be raped when they wanted to go abroad might even prove to be true.

Kafir
Jun 30, 2013 07:04pm

It is interesting to note that most posts lament that this poor woman had to leave the country despite having been declared "innocent" of committing blasphemy. The fact that the blasphemy law exists does not seem to bother most. I say it is the wretched law that must go if people can be free. No religion should be immune to criticism, and one must be free to express their opinions. A religion should not have to be protected, rather it should be the other way around.

dilip.n.mitra
Jun 30, 2013 07:28pm

@Zak: if its so!why its being practised in the name religion.we need to be good human being first,respective faith comes later.

Moaz
Jun 30, 2013 09:09pm

@Rao: Why don't you come back (if you are a Pakistani-Canadian) and try to make this country a a better place? Sitting in Canada and complaining about Pakistan is easy right? Come here and deliver...we'll see what you have to offer.

Moaz
Jun 30, 2013 09:09pm

@Laeeq,NY: hahaha another from from New York? O bhai idher aa ker bateyein kero. NY mei beth ker bateyein kerna bahut asaan hai. Come save Pakistan. Let's see what you have to offer?

Rizwan
Jun 30, 2013 09:20pm

Welcome to Canada Ramsha. Canada is a great country where people from all over the world live in peace and harmony

Sarwat Hasan
Jun 30, 2013 09:27pm

So is the entire is a hostage at the hands of these terrorists. Where is the law, and what is our so called democratic government doing? Oh let me guess, they are busy making more money for themselves. Pathetic.

@H__3
Jun 30, 2013 09:34pm

What happened to the cleric who falsely accused her? Send him to Saudi Arabia!

alfe
Jun 30, 2013 09:47pm

@Zak: Yeah right!!!!!

Gerry D'Cunha
Jun 30, 2013 10:17pm

hats off to canada for accepting a genuine political asylum christian family from pakistan to take refuge in canada - i only hope the canadian govt accept more christian families who do not want to stay in pakistan for fear of persecution

hiri
Jun 30, 2013 10:33pm

@ROHIT PANDEY: and also make sure rimisha that you stay sane (means keep your religion at home) in canada,study well and follow rule and regulations of the country which gave you shelter and contribute to its economy so it can stay strong and powerful to save more people like you.

akram
Jun 30, 2013 10:58pm

this is case that should make all us Pakistani hang our heads in shame. the accuser who started all this should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and never be allowed to run a mosque or be involved in its management.

Kevin
Jun 30, 2013 10:55pm

Pakistan has become a nation of religious fanatics, there is no room for minorities. Being a Pakistani Christian myself I am ashamed to even call myself a Pakistani, the country where I grew up and loved as a child. Shame on the govt & people of Pakistan. I'm sure Rimsha and her family will have a wonderful life in Canada which is a Christian Country with religious tolerance.

akram
Jun 30, 2013 10:58pm

its time to repeal these blasphemy laws, they were instituted by the religious parties, now we see what they are really about and that is the persecution of minorities. We need to stop making such foolish laws based on the whims of religious zealots.

Amarnath
Jun 30, 2013 11:21pm

@Anon: God put her in trouble or God got her out of trouble. It is not clear.

Sadiq
Jun 30, 2013 11:57pm

I have research and have not found a single case where our Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) had ever asked to kill someone for talking against him. He even did not go against the women who threw garbage on him every day when he would pass her home. Shame on Muslims who support a law that is against the ways of our own Prophet (PBUH)

Asim Malik
Jul 01, 2013 03:16am

Embarrassing for us Pakistani's but the best thing for Rimsha. May she have a prosperous life...

Asim Malik
Jul 01, 2013 03:16am

@Fahad: I really wish that they punished the cleric who framed her, but not surprisingly, no news on that front. How will we ever move forward..

Andrew Jacksonwikle
Jul 01, 2013 04:50am

The Muslim cleric who lobbied for girl's release (Mr. Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi) has shown that Pakistan is not void of good muslims. All that is needed is clerics like him join hands and explain their citizens the true Islam. Unfortunately, the Islam religion is the most misunderstood religion not by those who are non-Muslims. But, by those who keep declaring themselves to be "True Muslims" at the cost of innocent Muslims and non-Muslims alike.

I pray for the safety of  the Muslim cleric Mr. Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi)

Sultan Jabar
Jul 01, 2013 05:09am

The cleric Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi said it all when he said "she had been acquitted by the court, and despite that it was not possible for her to live freely,” No wonder the World has hard time reconciling the idea that Islam is a religion of peace. Pakistani muslims are an interesting representation of the Islamic faith.

Ahmad Kamal
Jul 01, 2013 05:43am

Finally she & her family is out of living hell. Sad part is that mullah who fabricated evidence is roaming around free. The other custodians of Sharia have not even questioned this rogue mullah.

aceleaf
Jul 01, 2013 06:14am

Enjoy your religion, customs and traditions in Canada. Biased Mullahs will rule here for long.

Mahavir
Jul 01, 2013 06:55am

@Fahad: You are a rarity in the land of pure.

Mahavir
Jul 01, 2013 06:52am

@Chaudhry: Correction. before 1947

Shafi
Jul 01, 2013 06:59am

You say: "The cleric was later accused of fabricating evidence."

Whatever happened to him? Was he punished? And if not, why not?

Islam has forbidden in very strong words what the cleric did. There is a severe punishment for him in Islam if people in Pakistan still believe in Islam.

Islam and Muslims are parting away from each other. That's sad. People who spread rumors are meant to be severely punished for their crime. It's a criminal offense under Islamic law.

Mahavir
Jul 01, 2013 07:00am

@Mukesh: Different rules for believers and non-beleivers - different rules for land of pure and land of war. People are follwoing exactly what has been prescribed.

EQ8Rhomes
Jul 01, 2013 07:05am

I suspect the world would like to know who Rimsha Masih's accuser is and what Pakistan justice system is doing to bring this cleric to book. If he did indeed " bear false witness", a Abrahamic No-No, then he must be punished to stem the abuse of Zia Ul Haq's mischievous Blasphemy law. It is strange that some in Bangladesh have demanded law against Blasphemy,irrespective of its history in Pakistan.

EQ8Rhomes
Jul 01, 2013 07:06am

@Laeeq,NY: "Free speech rights" are only OK as long as someone does not rile up the powerful, vengeful "majority".

EQ8Rhomes
Jul 01, 2013 07:12am

@Anon: Thank the laws of a generally free and democratic country for saving Rimsha Masih.

EQ8Rhomes
Jul 01, 2013 07:19am

@vishnu: Pakistanis have ejected many non-Muslims, non-Sunnis since their country' inception--65 years ago. Most have been Hindus. Last year about 700 or so Pakistani Hindus found refuge in India. **These Hindus had been in Pakistan long before Islam arrived there. They were the children of the soil. How ironic!

Sarcasm
Jul 01, 2013 07:41am

@Zak: Tell that to Rimisha..

Ben
Jul 01, 2013 08:44am

The harvest of Blasphemy, that you drive out some one and his / her family even in situations when that is proved FALSE by the court. Will Pakistan come out of such viral sickness. How long will you persecute a tiny Minority ?

Minni
Jul 01, 2013 11:30am

@Zak: Than why Rimsha had to flee?

Akhter Husain
Jul 01, 2013 11:33am

Are we, the Pakistanis,really serving the cause of Islam? It is shameful that a bonafide Pakistani has to migrate for no fault of her.

Zeel
Jul 01, 2013 12:10pm

Any country with substantial muslim population could not dare to give her refuge. Even India cannot. Wait till Canada's muslim population reaches a nuisance figure.

Aftab Kenneth Wilson
Jul 01, 2013 01:05pm

Thank You Canada but people also want to know about the cleric who falsely framed this case. Is he punished or now planning for another assault on minorities?

Lahori
Jul 01, 2013 01:47pm

@Zak: If Islam is what you say than all these muslims who used law of blasphemy to settle their personal issues should be prosecuted for committing blasphemy.

george
Jul 01, 2013 02:43pm

@Chaudhry:

This is not the first time a minority family has left the land of his ancestors. Long after the partition, thousands of Hindu families have left the land of their ancestors, and they are still doing it from Bangladesh, and Pakistan.

By the way, how many muslim families have migrated from India to Pakistan after sixties?

george
Jul 01, 2013 02:50pm

@Aqil Siddiqi:

'I pity to the minorities, who are trying their best to survive in Pakistan''

You should be ashamed of yourself and your country men who forces others to leave the land where they were born. And then you wonder why the amerticans attack you with their drones. You are in a stone age.

Information Age
Jul 01, 2013 03:45pm

@Mukesh:

You are right in a way but religious hypocrisy is embedded in the South Asian DNA as a whole. Islam has nothing to do with it because it no where allows it under any circumstances.

Ali
Jul 01, 2013 04:30pm

To everyone: you all scolding ZAk, please remember that a Muslim imam stood up for her and many others but it is hard to provide 100 percent guarantee. Destruction is easier and needs a few bad one. One dead fish pollute the whole lake.

Manzoor A. Khan
Jul 01, 2013 04:42pm

Why shame Pakistan ? Dictatores and corrupt politicain turned Pakistan into a living hell. So those be condemned and not the poor country. Remember, Nothing is good or bad, its the people who make it so

Rao
Jul 01, 2013 05:24pm

@Moaz: Yaar: I am not a Pakistani at all(never been one). But, I know enough about the story of Pakistan by visiting and keeping up with news and what went on in the past many decades. My fondest wish is people everywhere live in peace, freedom , safety, in good governance, freedom from hunger, disease, equality under the justice system, human rights etc. That includes all people in Pakistan too.

So I leave for you to better things in life in Pakistan.

Salaam.

AHA
Jul 01, 2013 05:56pm

@Sadiq: So true. On the other hand, there were instances where he (PBUH) forgave those who abused and insulted him.

AHA
Jul 01, 2013 06:02pm

@Moaz: Pakistan is totally damaged and absolutely beyond repair. Why should anyone ever come back.

vikram
Jul 01, 2013 06:25pm

What about judges who acquitted rimsha? Judges also need citizenship.

S N Roy
Jul 01, 2013 09:40pm

What happened to the evidence-forging cleric character? As long as these creeps go unpunished justice remains incomplete, encouraging recurrence!

S N Roy
Jul 01, 2013 09:40pm

If that cleric remains unpunished, the denied justice will encourage recurrence

S N Roy
Jul 01, 2013 09:47pm

Since there are no muslims any more in the world, islam is safe.

El Cid
Jul 01, 2013 10:27pm

Those commenting here seem unable to deal with conflicting facts, multiple variables simultaneously. Are unable to deal with the dissonance this creates in their minds. So they take the easy way out...the way of the lazy mind.

Please consider the following:

  1. The Glorious Qur'an categorically states, specifically tells Muhammad, to bear with patience the vile utterances of the unbeliever...to leave their judgment with Allah [Sura73:10-11].

  2. The Blasphemy Laws of Pakistan are not Islamic but designed to reduce and discourage inflammatory rhetoric by agent-provocateurs and the exploitation of innocents, as is often done to test and instigate, artfully inflame Muslim emotions.

  3. Well funded international effort is being made to demean and denigrate the personality and image of Muhammad. Tarnish his image in the Muslim mind and the reverence and love Muslims have for Muhammad in their heart. Most people, anywhere, will not be able to stand such abuse if it was targeting their mother, sisters, or daughters, their father...even them.

  4. Muslim's tolerance is being tested by ever expanding the envelope of abuse against The Prophet. And sowing disinformation, distorting the meaning of the Noble Qur'an. This can be readily confirmed on line, including in certain Pakistani publications.

  5. The very top international authorities and powers that forced the release of Raymond Davis, extraction of Mallala and family, are also behind the extraction of Rimsha and family from Pakistan after these agents had served their varied purposes. Even the Pope was involved in the case of Rimsha. Millions are being spent to take down Pakistan, Muslims, Islam.

  6. Please note that the process of law was NOT allowed to proceed in any of these cases. All legal procedure was aborted and the agent, accomplices, family was extracted and given safe passage and sanctuary abroad...ALL expenses paid.

  7. In Rimsha's case witnesses were forced to recant their deputation. Even so, no proof against the Pesh Imam could stand in court. BTW she is not eleven, or fifteen, or even nineteen. More like twenty one. However she may be an 'innocent' exploited by ruthless powers that be.

Imad Khan
Jul 02, 2013 04:42am

@Shafi: I agree with you 100%. That so called cleric should have been punished. But the problem is that the govt. is to scared to deal with these type of people fearing a backlash.

Imad Khan
Jul 02, 2013 04:53am

@AHA:

History is full of nations that stood up after they had hit rock bottom, take examples of Germany, France, Japan, South Korea, China and Russia, these countries were devastated in wars but they manage to rebuild and are now far better than how they were before the wars. So if they can do it so to can Pakistan. But saying that unless there is a desire for a change in the people nothing will happen.

Mustafa
Jul 02, 2013 06:15am

@Lahori:

Of course they should.

Mustafa
Jul 02, 2013 06:17am

@Minni:

Half a million other Pakistanis have fled to Canada.

Mustafa
Jul 02, 2013 06:28am

If Canada was really concerned about religious persecution they would let millions of Muslims in from Gujarat and Kashmir. Regardless of Rimsha's saga, It is nothing but a propaganda ploy and nauseating hypocrisy.

Mustafa
Jul 02, 2013 06:28am

@Asim Malik:

I wouldn't be surprised if that cleric too is enjoying life in some Western country, he too could be a part of the conspiracy.

Hassan
Jul 02, 2013 07:34am

As you sow, so shall you reap. Remember, we dismembered India on the basis of Two Nation Theory, now minorities are made to know what two nation theory is, and they are leaving the country. Shame on us, thanks Canada, for supporting the girl who was wrongfully convicted and condemned.

Devil
Jul 02, 2013 08:05am

Can't god take it own criticism well ? Yes it can ! then why can't its followers ? As I see, in Pakistan, this law is more about the false allegations and taking revenge on certain people for whatsoever reasons !!

illawarrior
Jul 02, 2013 08:16am

If victims of ridiculous blasphemy laws are given residency in Canada, everyone will want to blaspheme.

Girish
Jul 02, 2013 08:33am

@Manzoor A. Khan: Not just corrupt politician but corrupt Mullas who have exploited religion to control the minds of illiterate masses

Ravi
Jul 02, 2013 08:59am

@Akhter Husain: Pakistan has to develop culture of tolerance, which shall not be possible unless, reversal of religious fundamentalism happens in Pakistani culture. This intolerance is even affecting the muslim sects in addition to non-muslim minorities. This intolerance is totally against the principles of Islam.

Ravi
Jul 02, 2013 09:22am

@Shafi: The cleric who implicated the innocent girl, for the actions he commited did worst form of blasphemy and worst sin as per Islamic law, he sholud have been lynched by mob by now if not punished by law. Anybody has answers, why he is not punished so far but an innocent girl had to leave her motherland.

beeg noyz
Jul 02, 2013 09:40am

@george: You know, Indian Christian were at receiving end many times at the hand of fanatics. But yet they are doing fantastic. Because the nation as a whole provides them dignity in the spirit as they provide them to all other minority communities. Today the countries, defense minister and the air force chief are Christians simultaneously. That is no small matter. Recently out of 20 brave hearts who died rescuing Hindu pilgrims in the Himalays prominent one is a Christian. Way back in 70s out of 5 ace pilots who decided to give their lives to save from plane accident, the then staunch Hindu PM late Moraraji Desai, two were from the community , A humble soldier Albert Ekka won army's highest gallantry award . Turn around in India’s milk production was again a Christian. The list is never ending and the same is for all other communities.

beeg noyz
Jul 02, 2013 09:46am

@Andrew Jacksonwikle: one can debate about his religion ,but I think he as human being understands " do unto others what you want others to do to you"

Mehreen Rehman
Jul 02, 2013 10:40am

Islam is the religion of peace and tolerance. It is sad that Pakistan is an Islamic state yet religious minorities and vulnerable are not able to live freely and safely. It is a dilemma for the government, judiciary, law enforcement agencies and all the civil society. The blasphemy provisions in the Pakistan Penal Code are statutory and not divine provisions. It is incumbent upon the present government to take reformative and protective steps in order to restore Pakistan’s image internationally.

ROHIT PANDEY
Jul 02, 2013 05:02pm

@hiri: Theology-inspired states and the only ones which exist are the Islamic ones are the states which have brutal violence perpetrated against all including Muslims themselves.

Rimsha never "brought religion into public" it was the handiwork if the law makers in Pakistan,

ROHIT PANDEY
Jul 02, 2013 05:00pm

@Moaz: Since you are a Pakistan-loving citizen start right away at reform in Pakistan....and I am sure overseas Pakistanis will step in help you out-right now they are probably scared of getting kidnapped for ransom...you a resident Pakistani should know the ground situation a lot better and so will be able to contribute much more!

Laeeq, USA
Jul 02, 2013 05:56pm

Good News. Welcome o the free world. Free of injustice, free of prejudice, free of intolerance, and free of discrimination.

Muhammad Ali
Jul 02, 2013 10:42pm

@Mustafa: good one & if they really are concerned about human right abuse, canadian govt should consider giving asylum to Muslims from Burma as well.

Media alongwith whole of civilized world alongwith Pope is keeping hush hush on atrocities commited by Buddhists on muslims in Burma.

Mehreen Rehman
Jul 02, 2013 11:01pm

@Laeeq, USA: Yes, only if there is absolute freedom. Edward Snowden's recent revelations may be a reminder. But yes she and her family will be relatively safe in Canada. But is it the answer to the problem? Should all minorities and vulnerable in Pakistan seek asylum and refuge abroad? We need to focus on addressing the issue rather than considering it as a good news. It is unbelievable that the entire Government and civil society is hostage at the hands of extremist elements.

Sunny
Jul 02, 2013 11:07pm

@Sadiq: Maybe you need to expand your research. But it doesn't matter anywayz. You don't kill anyone because someone you revere killed another HUMAN hundreds of years ago. Neither you refrain from killing another HUMAN because someone you revere did not kill another HUMAN. What is the use of your brain if you just blindly follow another HUMAN? This is 21st century with tons of info at your fingertips. A very bright opportunity, if you want to use, to get rid of ignorance and the trash you and your forefathers didn't have a chance to evaluate and evolve.