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JI, JUI-F renege on resolution against Mardan lynching

Updated Apr 20, 2017 01:09pm

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ISLAMABAD: A day after the National Assembly resolved to insert safeguards into the blasphemy law, the Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) and the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) reneged on their commitment.

On Tuesday, the lower house had unanimously adopted a resolution condemning the brutal murder of Abdul Wali Khan University student Mashal Khan on fabricated charges of blasphemy.

On that day, JI’s Sher Akbar Khan and JUI-F’s Naeema Kishwer Khan had spoken in favour of the resolution, even though the latter had not signed it. But on Wednesday, JI parliamentary leader Sahibzada Tariqullah came out in opposition to the proposal, saying that his party would not support any changes to the blasphemy law.

“The law is the law; whosoever forms a lynch mob should be acted against. But the blasphemy law does not call on people to dispense mob justice, there is nothing wrong with it,” he declared.

“The problems we are facing are due to the lack of proper enforcement of these laws,” he insisted, adding that if people were punished under the blasphemy law, there would be no room for mob justice.

Ms Khan also seemed to have a change of heart, saying that there was nothing in the blasphemy law that made people take the law into their own hands and called for its proper implementation.

Published in Dawn, April 20th, 2017

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Comments (37) Closed



Zeeshan Apr 20, 2017 12:46pm

These people have not raised their voices on the brutal killing of Mashaal Khan.

ASIM iQBAL Apr 20, 2017 01:00pm

Well said!

Musarrat Iqbal Javed Apr 20, 2017 01:34pm

To save poor minorities in Pakistan these laws must need to be changed. These laws are like a bullet in the hands of Muslims so they use them to settle personal scores with non Muslims. The other major issue is that these laws are Un -Islamic and in Human

Punjab Apr 20, 2017 01:34pm

Islam does not humiliate any personalities why non Muslims try to humilate Islamic figures and Muslim sentiments. As a Muslim we have to protect Islamic values. But their is room for mob justice if state function properly.

haider Apr 20, 2017 01:40pm

Agreed. Law should be implemented...not changed.

P. S. Natarajan Apr 20, 2017 01:54pm

@Musarrat Iqbal Javed These laws are indeed inhuman, but very much Islamic.

AQ Apr 20, 2017 03:03pm

@Musarrat Iqbal Javed Can you tell the exact clauses and act of these laws? since you know these are inhumane you must know exactly what are the laws?

novice Apr 20, 2017 03:27pm

Shame of JI & JUI-F ! mincing words, getting people killed, spreading hate and all in the name of religon !

syedghulamabbasshah Apr 20, 2017 03:57pm

Regressive &Putrid force's won't let peace to prevailed in Pakistan. Not even bothered to condemn Mashaalkhan lynching in strong terms. !!How comps ed they look???Only civil society to b remain vigilant.

M. Siddique Apr 20, 2017 04:00pm

Anyone who is against changing the law should not be voted in again. People need to take control of the situation through ballot paper.

Saif Apr 20, 2017 04:08pm

People of Pakistan, please recognize the faces of your true enemies

Patriot Apr 20, 2017 04:26pm

@haider Whybshould they not be repealed? What benefit do they provide to the society? Enough innocent blood has been shed using these so called inhuman laws.

Patriot Apr 20, 2017 04:28pm

@Zeeshan Yes you are absolutely right.

javed Apr 20, 2017 04:39pm

One day the people of Pakistan will wake up to the realization that maulvis do not belong in politics.

javed Apr 20, 2017 04:40pm

Birds of a Feather flock together.

J.Ch Apr 20, 2017 05:31pm

Draconian laws slowly and steadily loose their strength history tells.

haider Apr 20, 2017 05:32pm

very sensitive subject and better to avoid discussing it. May God have mercy on this country and its poor innocent souls.

Aslam Khan Apr 20, 2017 05:50pm

JI and JUI have few votes in the parliament, therefore, their opposition will not make any difference. The entire nation knows the agenda of these parties which have been perpetuating division on religious lines and responsible for promoting intolerance in society. In the name of religion, for how long people can be deceived and how many people are going to be killed and suffered.

Shan Apr 20, 2017 06:26pm

Well done, JUI, JF.

Why do we need India or external forces?

You are doing a great job.

Ip Apr 20, 2017 06:53pm

@Musarrat Iqbal Javed law doesn't give bullet into the hands of people, so why there is fuss about the law? The mob should face the law for lynching and Mashal should face the law for blasphemy.

El Cid Apr 20, 2017 06:58pm

Sane, rational, unafraid voices. Nowhere does the law advocates the dispensation of mob law or vigilantism. .

Asif Apr 20, 2017 07:30pm

Some day they will regret this decision.

NacheeZe Apr 20, 2017 07:49pm

A person was murdered by a cult. The rule of the land should be applied to procectue those culprits. Please do not make it a Blapsphmey law agenda. That is a different issue. People are not stupid. Anyone who even brings the word Blapsphmey doesn't want justice to Mashal's murder rather they are party to the crime.

kubi Apr 20, 2017 07:55pm

@Shan Exactly. Exactly. Exactly.

Akil Akhtar Apr 20, 2017 08:19pm

JI and JUI are the cause of intolerance and religious violence in Pakistan....

Riaz Uddin Apr 20, 2017 08:32pm

Law of blesphemy is not an issue. The issue is that why the mob ( a group).takes the law into their own hands and sometimes without knowing full.facts as to wether or not law is violated or not followed in its true letter and spirit. Law should not be amended instead the gruop of people who takes the law into their own hands may be dealt with iron hands. Taking law by few people into their own is bringing Islamic system of justice into disrepute through out the world.

hashim Apr 20, 2017 08:44pm

@Ip If it is proven?

Kabir Apr 20, 2017 09:12pm

"On that day, JI’s Sher Akbar Khan and JUI-F’s Naeema Kishwer Khan had spoken in favour of the resolution, even though the latter had not signed it. But on Wednesday, JI parliamentary leader Sahibzada Tariqullah came out in opposition to the proposal, saying that his party would not support any changes to the blasphemy law" The so-called religious parties have never won the mandate of common Pakistanis because of such hypocrisy

Dr. Malek TOWGHI (BALOCH) Apr 20, 2017 09:43pm

The JI and JUI assert that "... if people were punished under the blasphemy law, there would be no room for for mob justice."

The JI and JUI and others know that no case against Mishaal ... and others who were beaten ... was brought in a court. Second, they call this cruel mob action " mob JUSTICE" instead of UNJUST CRIMINAL MOB LYNCHING.

These assertions should be enough for a civilized country to outlaw the JI, JUI and their likes.

Ata KA Apr 20, 2017 09:45pm

@P. S. Natarajan You are sadly mistaken, Sir. Islam is the only humane religion in the world. Read the life history of its Prophet and you will discover what 'humane Islam' is. The conduct & character of contemporary Mullah, unfortunately, is diametrically opposed to it. Sincerely yours.

VJ Apr 20, 2017 09:55pm

Very good ...!!

ZTech Apr 20, 2017 10:03pm

A message of peace is sent to the entire world by good people who follow peace.

ahaq Apr 20, 2017 10:26pm

Extremism must be stopped

Human Apr 20, 2017 10:38pm

@Ata KA Sir I have read it many times over

Parvez Apr 20, 2017 10:54pm

......what does one expect from people like this.

Usman Apr 21, 2017 12:12am

If thats their rationale then JI and JUI should bring a law amendment that executes people delivering mob justice for blasphemy. They block one law then they should facilitate another based on their logic.

Muslim Apr 21, 2017 12:23am

All those still supporting these 2 parties have no humanity left