RECENTLY a mob in Quetta had attacked a police station, demanding that a detained man, said to be mentally retarded, be handed over to them to be executed for allegedly desecrating the Holy Quran. It left one person dead and several others injured. The protest was probably organised by a clergy of the locality.

A few days back, property tycoon Malik Riaz, while brandishing a copy of the Holy Quran, had leveled serious allegations against the chief justice.

Earlier, a similar sort of thing was done by Dr Zulfikar Mirza in an attempt to settle scores with political rivals and coalition partners in order to promote his vested interests.

The brandishing of the holy book in public places for promoting one’s personal interests is tantamount to desecrating it. I, therefore, request competent authorities in Pakistan to invoke the ‘blasphemy act’ against the two elites whose heinous crime of desecrating the Holy Quran has been witnessed by millions of Pakistanis.

Some innocent and poor Pakistanis are detained for years under the blasphemy law on mere allegations levelled by certain individuals. I also invite the so-called custodians of faith to do something positive to avoid reoccurrence of such episodes in future which is giving Islam a bad name.

J. S. Lahore

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Comments (10)

June 27, 2012 8:51 am
Allah revealed Quran as guidance (hidayat) for poius (mukaqeen). I agree with the writer that this attitude of brandishing Quran tantamount to desecrating it. Ulema should come out loud against this practice.
June 28, 2012 12:00 am
What about suicide bombings, beheading captured soldiers, and blowing up girl schools? How does that reflect on Islam and its followers?
Mohammad Ali Khan
June 27, 2012 11:53 am
Best way to honor Quran and Prophet Mohammad is by living honestly,working hard for a living,show respect to all,be compassionate and generous in helping the needy,not to expect some thing which you don't deserve, be patient and steadfast.
June 27, 2012 8:12 pm
Religion is between me and my God. Any Tom, Dick and Harry should not be making decisions on my behalf
Gerry D'Cunha
June 27, 2012 10:30 am
The brandishing of the holy book in public places for promoting one’s personal interests is tantamount to desecrating it - very true - false oath taken on the Quran in courts is also tantamount to desecrating the Quran. These people should be severely punished under the blasphemy law.
June 27, 2012 11:41 am
dont know how much guidence it provides for one's life but definitely it has become a reason to erase muslim minority.
June 27, 2012 3:14 pm
They say brandishing your religion is the tool of the weak mind. When you know that you are wrong you resort to only thing that you can get people afraid of and that is religion.
June 27, 2012 5:15 pm
pay more attention to livelihood technology else .. always be a part of a failed state. :)
June 27, 2012 3:18 pm
God is merciful not merciless. We are all His creation and he wants us to see His creation flourish not beaten and hanged by a mob. He said only He will judge. Who are we to judge? When ordinary human beings start to judge they are in fact committing a great sin which is the real blasphemy and not some phony charge. I pity your thinking though. God bless you keep you safe as well.
Wahab Khokhar
June 27, 2012 12:41 pm
I agree with Ajaamal above. However, I cannot fault the crowd for wanting to take things in their own hands. Allah has himself said that apostasy should be punished with death penalty. Who are we to question Allah?
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