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Christian girl held on blasphemy cannot read: Vatican

Published Aug 25, 2012 11:01am


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Pakistani residents gather outside the house of a Christian girl, who was arrested on charges of blasphemy. — AFP Photo
Pakistani residents gather outside the house of a Christian girl, who was arrested on charges of blasphemy. — AFP Photo

VATICAN CITY: French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran on Saturday went to the defence of the young Pakistani girl accused of blasphemy, stressing that she “cannot read or write.”

Interviewed on Radio Vatican, Tauran, who is in charge of interfaith dialogue in the Vatican, said “that before asserting a sacred text has been the object of scorn, it is worth checking the facts.”

Rimsha, aged 11 to 16 according to different reports, is accused of burning pages from a children's religious instruction book inscribed with verses from the Quran. She was arrested and remanded in custody last Thursday.

But Tauran said that Rimsha “is a girl who cannot read or write and collects garbage to live on and picked up the fragments of the book which was in the middle of the rubbish. The more serious and tense the situation, the more necessary it is to have dialogue,” added the cardinal, who was the late pope John Paul II's foreign minister.

He also told the daily Il Sussidiario, that he believed it “impossible in the light of the facts that the girl had tried to express her scorn for the sacred book of Islam.”

The youngster reportedly has Down's Syndrome and her arrest has prompted outrage from rights groups and concern from Western governments.

Rights groups say the legislation is often abused to settle personal vendettas.

Rishma had been due to appear in court on Saturday but police and her lawyer said Friday that the hearing had been put back to August 31.


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Manoj Kumar Aug 25, 2012 03:30pm
Why is media building up this case. This gives bad press internationally to Pakistan. Government of Pakistan should release the girl and close the case immediately.
Mustafa Razavi Aug 25, 2012 04:20pm
Nadeem; "This should be a case study included in curriculums as to why never should a country be carved out on theb basis of religion". Are you referring to Vatican or Israel?
Sheraz Aug 25, 2012 06:25pm
I was born in Pakistan and simply ashamed of my birth country rules and regulations. The truth is Pakistanis donot believe in God at all otherwise such a sad act on this poor girl will bring tears in their eyes and they would do whatever it takes to help her.
dawn Aug 25, 2012 03:22pm
Certainly Not. Besides, most of Pakistani newspaper print verses from the Koran, should it mean that we keep all the newspapers? Printing verses everywhere started from Malvi General Zia-ul-Haq who spoiled the fiber of the society.
BEA Aug 25, 2012 02:19pm
How foolish this is this poor girl should be freed and looked after i read somewhere that she has MH problems, where did she get hold of this book in the first place if according to the papers it was found in the rubbish why is she being punished. The Pakistani Mullahs find it easier to pick on a young child then solve the problems in their own yard. its called being a bully. all these Mad Mullahs need to be put away in prison for the sake of everyone these people are crazy. why is no one from any Polictcal Party helping this child, i simply dont understand it. Wake up Pakistan and come into the real world and look after the young. If i lived in that country i would help her.
I.khan Aug 25, 2012 03:26pm
I have not heard one word from any Politicians in support of this mentally challenged girl, even the Chief Justice is afraid to talk. Only Zardari dare to speak once. Being head of Pakistan Judiciary Chief Justice must intervene by using his suo-moto powers and get this girl out of the jail. This incident is an embarrassment for Pakistan.
Kashif Chohan Aug 25, 2012 11:11am
The only way for whole Minority is to rise above these illiterate group of fanatics, get better education and get into the group and class of more Pakistani than religious minds. That is only way to keep them safe, because fact is the Law of Blasphemy will continue to be abused as it was made for this very reason to exercise hatred toward minorities.
Haroon Aug 25, 2012 11:24am
It doesn't matter how old she is or who she is or if she is mentally sick or not. What matters really is: "Who threw away this sacred pages in the first place?" - Apparently, no one wants to know.
ahmad Aug 25, 2012 11:42am
where is pakistani government and where is their point of view in light of their investigation of this case. when there is a law in existence, good or bad, it must be followed and respected.
Muhammed Rao Aug 25, 2012 12:42pm
Mr. Buhtani - you have a valid point. In my view - it should not be amount to Blasphemy and after your words of sorry - the subject matter be closed - there and then. But unfortunately - a mix of people with very low understanding of LIFE and RELIGION - creates something which is happening in Pakistan. It is interesting that these people BREAK their religion (by not doing that Quran says them to do) every day and moment of their life and do not consider it as Blasphemy - since they themselves are involved in it or their loved ones. Since this incident involves - 'someone else' - especially someone from other religion - they willl make a good point out of it and wish to exploit a very abused law (or will take the law into their own hands) can get pepole
waseem Aug 25, 2012 10:26pm
just because some one offer's an absurd opinion(in this case Govind) does not mean that it has to be replied with another. Why the hell should they migrate,they are more Pakistani than you and me and you have the cheek to put a smile on top. May be you are the one who needs to migrate to some place and have mercy on Pakistan. These minorities are our brother's and sister's.
Think Aug 25, 2012 11:30am
I agree one hundred percent.
Dr V. C. Bhutani Aug 25, 2012 11:30am
Some 40 or so years ago I saw a line written somewhere and could not read it. With some effort I copied it as accurately as I could on a notebook and took it to the imam of a local mosque. He was clearly well versed in that language, read it at once, and translated it into Urdu for me. He also said that it was an ayat in Arabic from the Quran and therefore it was to be honoured as much as the Quran itself. I took that seriously and have kept that notebook carefully in my collection. When I left he also gave me a small book in Arabic, which too I have kept carefully as part of my collection. I do not read Arabic. I am not a Muslim. If the imam had not told me that the line that I had copied was to be honoured like the Quran, I might not have kept the notebook carefully: nothing else was important in that notebook. If in my ignorance I had thrown away the notebook as a used notebook, would that amount to blasphemy? V. C. Bhutani, Delhi, India, 25 Aug 2012, 1700 IST
ingeniero Aug 25, 2012 03:38pm
No, No chance, you don't know! and how can you know? If you are not a muslim and never read/saw Quran, nor understand it.. Anyone if ever accused by someone, that person will be wrong.. and Muslim should be accused of blasphemy, why he/she didn't care about their holy book? On other note, I will advice, that it's better to have a bit idea about other religion. which are present in locality/city/country.. so that one can always take care about them, and never do blasphemy knowingly or unknowingly.!!!
Amir Aug 25, 2012 03:38pm
If your eleven-year old kid throws away pages from Quran, would you hold him/her for blasphemy? What happened to the common sense here?
ingeniero Aug 25, 2012 03:39pm
Care to visit Pakistan and start changing? Start it from your family/street/Society!
Philip Simon Aug 25, 2012 04:08pm
Why not Dilawar? Who should be punished, the one who knowingly ththrew those pages in to garbage or the illitrate kid who just collected it from garbage to make her family a meal? Mind you people in this part of the world use paper (let it be of any importance) for many other purposes too.
Ali Vaqar Awan Aug 25, 2012 08:49pm
Shame on our system which is sitting like a statue and doing nothing to help this poor christian girl. Its embrassing she is sent to jail, the one who can'nt stand a word of Arabic. The ones who are doing barbaric act are roaming freely. This total injustice and great deal of cruelty being done.
javed Aug 25, 2012 10:13pm
I tend to agree
fbn2 Aug 25, 2012 11:09am
A minor who has Down's Syndrome, can't read accused and arrested for blasphemy charges. No wonder our society is looked down at.
aliqizalbash Aug 25, 2012 11:21am
I say find and "burn" the person who disposed a religious text book in the rubbish instead. Leave the kid alone, she definitely had no idea what "papers" she was handling.
Armagan Aug 25, 2012 11:31am
this poor girl needs to be spared the mullah's rage, let her be.
hegde Aug 25, 2012 02:05pm
burn? people like you bring bad name to Islam. let God punish if disposing a religious text in the rubbish is punishable. who are you and I to play the role of God almighty.
Z.B. Aug 25, 2012 05:02pm
Yet another reason to believe in secular system.
can't read Aug 25, 2012 05:04pm
and the people accusing her of blasphemy can't read either. And the imam of the masjid can't read either. In fact if you give him the burned pages and ask him what they say, he'd be clueless.
waheed talib hussain Aug 25, 2012 05:09pm
firstly this is indeed for me a case of over extension in the name of protecting islamic text/ verse, which rightly should be honoured and respected, but not at the cost of making an example out of a child? secondly it does in a way show the LACK of tolerance, intelligence and clarity to show that islam is a peaceful and TOLERANT and respectful of other faiths? thirdly the individual circumstances around the case quite clearly point to local zealots getting carried away and being blind to the obvious pointers that the young girl is a victim and not a perpetrator. So will the authorities show a much needed ability to carry out righteous and wise decision or turn it into a farce!
Shayo Aug 26, 2012 12:37am
Utter Lunacy, no other explanation.
Mohammad Azeez Khan Aug 26, 2012 12:39am
Who is mad? The Almighty God ? Is Islam Mad? or the whole Pakistani Society is insane? What more can one think of. Pastor Terry White wanted to show the world by burning Quran that whole Palkistani muslim society is mad. Exile (kalapani) all mullahs to nicobar islands and let Indian military guard over them that they do not escape . Let the mullahs creat their jannat there. only then pakistan can have harmony and peace.
Sohraab Aug 25, 2012 12:46pm
Leave the poor Girl alone. What the heck this nation coming to? I am really Feeling very Sorry for this little Girl and Pakistan!
Rao Aug 25, 2012 06:08pm
So sad to see that we have lost our intelligence and are held hostage by mullahs. Personally I think that none of Islamic rules should apply on non-muslims. We should think what would Muhammad (PBUH) would have done if he were alive today and ruling the country, I dont think that such a great and merciful person would have gone the road our Mullahs are going. If all Muslims just think this then we can control most of the conflicts.
Muhammed Aug 25, 2012 06:19pm
i agree - Wake up Pakistani people - wake up - else someone else will put you to deeeep sleep
Najar Aug 25, 2012 05:13pm
love the response, Dilawar :-)
BEA Aug 26, 2012 07:33pm
well said.
Cyrus Howell Aug 25, 2012 03:02pm
Good point.
Mian Mutti Ur Rehman Aug 25, 2012 12:47pm
In my opinion it has nothing to do with our country, its the Law which put this situation like this and laws should be followed in any country. Yes, if amendments required than those should be done in Law. Instead abusing we should contribute to the extent we could and its easy sitting outside of the country and abusing the wonderful country!
Nasir Aug 25, 2012 11:06pm
Absolutely NO
Nasir Aug 25, 2012 11:08pm
Some muslim obviously, but somebody probably has a grudge against this family.
Cyrus Howell Aug 25, 2012 03:07pm
They are outraged by the behavior of others and their righteousness is invincible.
Z.B. Aug 25, 2012 10:06pm
I think there is no point moaning about this case as according to the law of the land, the girl has done something wrong and she will be punished according to law. If the law is bad then try to remove it instead of complaining.
Aamir Aug 25, 2012 10:10pm
Where is the Honorable Chief Justice now? Oh that is right this does not give him any political mileage.
Saeed Aug 25, 2012 01:20pm
It has nothing to do with government it's a Islamic law and common people of pakistan protecting this law. People using own agenda against goverment using this law. If someone really sincere go against the law.
Muhammed Aug 25, 2012 01:16pm
someone - and presumably a minor with Down-Syndrome - has Disrespected Quran by burning it. What about the people who are disrespecting it everyday and every moment - NOW - by not following what Quran is asking them to do ??? Shouldn't all be punished. The whole of Pakistan needs to be punished .... a country where their So-called most respected MNAs and MPAs present FAKE Degrees - must be punished - by GOD itself
Tauseef Aug 25, 2012 08:40pm
but still its pakistan :)
Tauseef Aug 25, 2012 08:41pm
you should be ashamed :)
raika45 Aug 25, 2012 01:15pm
This story is now international.You are playing with fire now Pakistan.With your dumb leaders and your trouble creators, this flame can cause big trouble for you.With due respect, remember you live partly on foreign aid. Sane minds should put this problem to rest.The problem is that what will happen to her if she is freed and goes back home.Maybe there is some country out there that will offer this family refugee status.
emile unjom Aug 25, 2012 01:13pm
That is what Quaid E Azam expressed in his 11th of Aug speech so that this country could have social,cultural, regional and religious harmony. We have come too far may be its time to visit our past and survive.
Khan Aug 25, 2012 12:13pm
Blasphemous describes something profane, irreverent or disrespectful towards God or religion. Are we as supposed to be God fearing nation doing any of the act to please our creator Allah. if our actions are not to please Allah his deen and his creation then we all are Blasphemous........
Iqbal Z Khan Aug 25, 2012 09:36pm
Is there any common sense left at home...
Govind Aug 25, 2012 07:59pm
The only option left for these hapless minorities in Pakistan is to migrate.
dowite Aug 25, 2012 07:20pm
pathetic...a minor with mental illness is in jail...whole nation should go through psychiatric evaluation
Riaz Aug 25, 2012 08:17pm
Why is the Chief Justice not taking any action or suo moto notice for this case? He tends to pick up fights with politicians, etc, but no word about this case where an innocent girl is being harassed and being wrongfully charged? Is CJ sleeping?
Man Aug 25, 2012 01:41pm
The fact is that the vast majority of Pakistanis want the blasphemy law to stay in place. We are only a handful here who see the world through different lenses.
MG Aug 25, 2012 01:39pm
I love the hypocrisy of how the blasphemy law is misused to bring harm where the intent is supposed to be protection. Regardless, if the law needs to exist or not, the fact that the average person blatantly disregards ALL other religious norms to uphold one "questionable" one is appalling, shameful and extremely distressing. These persons should face the same wrath they demand for the alleged offenders. Ridiculous.
Tauseef Aug 25, 2012 08:38pm
instead of whole nation put those in jail who made complain and who arrested her :)
Tauseef Aug 25, 2012 08:39pm
you should be :)
Sajjad Aug 25, 2012 04:30pm
blasphemy laws have to be repealed if we are to save Islam. These ill conceived laws are making a mockery out of our great religion. It is turning away people from Islam. When will illiterate and immoral Mullahs realize this.
A J Khan Aug 25, 2012 01:30pm
The girl should be freed immediately. The explaination appears to be quite logical.
Qaiser Bakhtiari Aug 25, 2012 01:28pm
Seriously Ali, these laws surrounding blasphemy should be repealed. Pakistan is the laughing stock of the rest of the muslim world. I have yet to meet a Muslim from elsewhere around the world that is proud of Pakistan and the way we practice Islam
Tauseef Aug 25, 2012 08:37pm
Migrate :)
Zafar Malik Aug 25, 2012 01:34pm
Do not expect any wisdom, compassion or even common sense from Pakistani Mullahs and their blind followers. You cannot reason with them because they already know every thing. They are sure that they are perfect human beings who can never be wrong, period. Rest of the world is living in darkness.
ps Aug 26, 2012 07:00am
can anyone explain to me this. if the girl were not mentally challenged, and then had insulted the book privately, should she have been jailed and punished for this? Are people defending her just because she has downs syndrom, or because of her freedom? She is free not be believe in any book, and to do whatever she likes with it. Are you sympathetic people ready to have a free society? Do you people deserve it?
ATIQUE RAZA KHAN Aug 25, 2012 12:02pm
Indeed a shameful show again by religious fanatics. How the people have become so cruel to drag a 13 year old in this game. I imagine my son and daughter of this age where they have no idea what this is all about. They think the world as black and white. Thats all I could say on this occasion.
True Pakistani Aug 25, 2012 12:02pm
- so long as pakistan has its khakis and mullahs there can NEVER be peace, prosperity, progress, justice, equity . . . and so on
Saraj (UK) Aug 25, 2012 06:57pm
May Allah guide us all to the right path, and our leaders, surly we can see the obvious. the poor girl is just being used as a scape goat. There is no case to answer and she should be set free. May Allah give our leaders the understanding of what's right and what's wrong.
Saraj (UK) Aug 25, 2012 06:59pm
I agree with you brother. No future in sight..
Amir Saeed Aug 25, 2012 07:01pm
Shocking. How willing people are to 'burn' others. And I say Bravo to all the Muslims and especially Pakistanis. We are not ready to live by Quran but get all worked up on every imagined insult.
Amir Saeed Aug 25, 2012 07:02pm
I know I will get a lot of flak for this. But honestly there are times when I am simply ashamed to be a Pakistani.
dr zahid pervez Aug 25, 2012 07:18pm
its just pathetic...a minor with mental illness is in jail for something she didnt even know...whole nation needs a psychiatric screening....
Hassan Aftab Aug 25, 2012 12:33pm
We are in dire straights. The deep rooted religious extremism has invaded our society and there is no remedy in sight. The secular or liberal politicians and the hyper active judiciary with its new found freedom are averse to addressing this issue for fear for their lives. Interestingly the supreme court is busy defining the term vulgarity / obscenity of TV programmes. The generals are effectively using the armed religious groups to their advantage resulting in its proliferation. Dig in your heals for a long haul.
An apologist Aug 25, 2012 12:34pm
The society in the current form is nothing short of the breeding ground for hatred and intolerance. Well said, it is true that the prostitution, depravity and perversity are the order of the day. They are rampant in Pakistan. The Mullahs should focus on eradicating these evils instead of targeting minorities who have no say and are as good as dead. The living dead. Allah, please help this country before we self-destruct.
fbn2 Aug 25, 2012 12:30pm
The fact that there are people who condemn such incidents shows that there are still sane minds in our country.We just want others to take stand while we sit back and curse the world instead of doing something constructive ourselves.
taimur Aug 25, 2012 01:05pm
Dilawar Aug 25, 2012 12:54pm
Simply brilliant. You are proposing to replace one victim with another. Go see a doctor.
rehan Aug 25, 2012 12:54pm
In my opinion NO. But I am not a scholar.
Dilawar Aug 25, 2012 12:57pm
It is a very simple open and shut case. Fire the government, parliament and Senate members. Start fresh.
Dilawar Aug 25, 2012 12:58pm
What a pathetic country they can not save a kid. Where are all the Shers. Sher-e-Punjab? Sher-e-Lahore?
Feroze Aug 25, 2012 12:53pm
Well written Iqbal. Long time back I was offering my Friday prayers in KaracHi where the Mullah delivering the Khutba declared that people who teach their kids to say " bye bye" are Kafirs. I had a very difficult time completing my prayers that day and kept on thinking that when did God almighty appoint this person his messenger to decide our fate? I never went back to that mosque again.
Haider Aug 25, 2012 04:59pm
What kind of a bad joke are we making ourselves in front of the whole world!! utterly shameful!!
iykhan125 Aug 25, 2012 06:38pm
Firstly, It is a shameful and embarrassing position for all the Muslims of Pakistan from some "Muslims" of that area..... What I want to know is, who is to blame??? the people who caught her and assaulted her OR the authorities who took her and locked her in the same cell as other adult prisoners. Is she safe in there??? Our problem is, we are too consumed about what others are doing instead of educating ourselves. We need to to learn to be patient and investigate more what Islam says about being good humans. It is time to introduce a subject in our elementary education system about understanding people. The biggest difference between us as a nation and people from other countries is understanding the issue first before reacting.
A Aug 25, 2012 06:48pm
Pakistan is messed up, things that suposed to be right are wrong and the things that supposed to be wrong are right.
Pman Aug 25, 2012 05:29pm
No one wants to know because you cannot possibly catch that person. Here you have a Christian girl who is accused of the crime and not a regular Muslim Pakistani. It makes it all the more sensational. Do you think God who is supposed to be omni-potent and omni present is hurt by the actions of a child or even an adult. We have to grow up.
iykhan125 Aug 25, 2012 07:10pm
Unfortunately, according to Islam, created by these Pakistani extremist, YES.
Rev. Eldrick Lal Aug 26, 2012 03:44am
Another inglorious moments in the history of minorities.
Ali Zaidi Aug 25, 2012 06:54pm
Israel was also created on religion. It does not have these problems
Sayeed Aug 25, 2012 12:36pm
The future of Pakistan looks very bleak ...rationality does not exist in the the mindset of uneducated people of Pakistan . Is religion helping ....NO....
Naeem Aug 25, 2012 05:25pm
Dr. V.C Bhutani, the naswer is simply NO!!! Common sense tells us that if you cannot read and undertsand a language,it means nothing to you. Therefore, you are not doing anything to scorn any religon. Allah (God) is not so vain . He is most foriving,most understanding, most compassionate. Unlike him the so called Muslsim Ulemas of today are "jahil" uneducated. Many of them recite the Quran without even understanding it!!! It is a uselss peice of book if you cannot understand and follow it. In many Muslims homes you will see the Quran kept high in a safe place. It is obvious they do not even bother reading it or understanding it. This is why all the artifical defence of the religon. Islam needs no defence of these Jahil Mullahs. Allah is not dependednt on these folks. The Quran states very clearly that a time will come when people will recite the Quran beautifully but will have no undertsnading of the message. Such people have a special punishment from Allah. So ,please do not worry about the note book that it contains a important ayaat. It is your goodness and civility and respect of other religons that you have kept it so well preserved. My thanks to you as a good human being.
Mustafa Razavi Aug 26, 2012 02:24am
Govind; Thousands of hapless Hindus who go to India every year do all come back.
Mustafa Razavi Aug 26, 2012 02:22am
Feroze; "I never went back to that mosque again"; Or any other mosque for that matter.
Ashish Aug 25, 2012 05:36pm
Mr. V. C. Bhutani, you're asking such questions to the wrong set of people. Whereas the answer will be an unequivocal NO for any sane person, same is not true of someone belonging to this faith, even from supposedly learned people. Such is the difference in levels of thinking. If you ask me, I respect the contents not the physical notebook itself. It is no different than someone going to the temple but not being spiritually enlightened.
USA Aug 25, 2012 11:45am
Sorry, we Pakistanis have NO society, no moral fibre, no social life, no education, only corruption, prostitution (check out posh houses in Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi) goondagiri from the police.!!!! what SOCIETY r u talking about, Sir...!!! We are ruled by illiterate Mowlans, Muftis and thekedars of Islam.....Iqbal Hussain. (USA)
Zafar Abbas Aug 26, 2012 12:45am
Amir, you are not the only one. This jahil nation does not understand Islam they claim to follow. The girl picked up this from rubbish and definitely some mulslim family has thrown it there. Did anyone investigate neighbours? May be this is pure personal animosity. Pakistan is a doomed country and nation.
A shah Aug 25, 2012 02:51pm
Find out who threw the pages of Quran in the garbage in the first place? It is clearly a systematic and planned effort to put minorities under panic and fear. I am sure some Muslim is responsible for this idiotic act. Catch him and put him to same indignation and Mullah's are subjecting an innocent girl. These so called Muslims who has no clue what Islam is and lie, and kill innocent people every day on the name of Islam may be labelled as Murtidsand and Kafirs. They should be hunted down and executed.
Nainaa Aug 25, 2012 02:49pm
I totally agree with Mr Hussain, I am so ashamed of the way the people think and treat the minorities. Quaid E Azam would have been so ashamed of this nation's behaviour.
Sane. Aug 25, 2012 02:40pm
The way muslims, specially in Pakistan treat other non muslims... don't you think THAT should be addressed first.. Do you really think the non muslims are to blame if they even start doing things like these in retaliation or frustration? Religion of peace and tolerance? Right? How about showing the world that side...
Imran Aug 25, 2012 02:34pm
As Ahmed Faraz rightly said of the unfortunate state of Pakistan: Huwey Jaatey Hain Kyun Ghamgkhar Qatil, Na They Itney Dilaazaar Qatil... Misihaon Ko Jab Awaz Di Ham Ney, Palat Kar Aagaye Har Bar Qatil... Wahan Kya Daad Khuwahi, Kya Gawahi, Jahan Hon Munsifon Key Yaar Qatil...
John Macias Aug 25, 2012 02:30pm
and 100% night
indur Aug 25, 2012 02:28pm
oh God help poor girl and guide us to take right path.l
indur Aug 25, 2012 02:23pm
Oh God help her no human will help her.
Sammy Aug 25, 2012 02:12pm
Couldn't agree more!
Gerry D'Cunha Aug 25, 2012 02:10pm
Islam needs muslims like you who knows the real concept,then only will islam be saved and have good image. Keep up your spirit for a good cause.
indur Aug 25, 2012 02:08pm
Oh God help this poor girl,no human can help her.
Mohib Aug 25, 2012 02:02pm
Salam to all, what would have our Prophet Muhammad PBUH done in this case, definitely kissed the girl on forehead for not being given education, secondly tried to alleviate poverty so every one can have better life, read and understand message of God. No punishment of kids. Wma Arslnake Ila Rehmat ul Alimeen.
Mahmud Aug 25, 2012 02:02pm
Pakistan is not a true Islamic country until we get rid of all Mullahs and take over the mosques. Quran is the guiding light and contains all the guidance we need to live our lives according to Allah's will. There is nowhere in Quran to punish people for desecrating Quran or having a different religion or opinion. Allah is the judge for - we are not!
Bakhtawer Bilal Aug 25, 2012 01:59pm
In any sane society, this will be the first question to be asked.
Bakhtawer Bilal Aug 25, 2012 01:57pm
Absolutely correct.
ali Aug 25, 2012 01:55pm
Pakistan is full of ignorant and illiterate people. So what we expect from them......lolz...........Its a Monkey business
Ahmed Aug 25, 2012 01:53pm
But we still have to pick from the same bunch!!! What to do?
Nadeem Aug 25, 2012 11:47am
Pakistan: This should be a case study included in curriculums as to why never should a country be carved out on theb basis of religion.
saleem Aug 25, 2012 01:49pm
if you are in pakistan then yes (remember last year a doctor in pakistan went through this misery as he threw a salesman card in dustbin and the salesman name had mohamed in it?)
taimur Aug 25, 2012 01:07pm
what if the person who threw these in the trash bin, also did not know what it was? Will you still burn him?
NS Aug 25, 2012 12:54pm
Haroon Sahib, great observation! This is the sad part of our history as a nation. We are never courageous enough to look at the facts. We are never responsible for anything. We simply point fingers towards Americans, Indians, Israel, Russians and, yes, "Conspiracies", for our failures and feel fully absolved of our own wrong-doings.
ahmad Aug 25, 2012 12:27pm
Concern people should take deep study regarding to this case whether she is innocent or not. Justice must be done according to the Islamic laws...
KHAN Aug 25, 2012 11:52am
100% Right.
salman Aug 27, 2012 11:54am
Then tell us what is islam?? what are the directives in this particular case??Have u visitd there to know the reality or u claiming that that the vatican is correct '' she cannot read''?? which muslim on earth will throw quran in rubbish??
Muhammad Asif Jamal Aug 26, 2012 10:19pm
I dont think that she will be punished if facts discussed above are correct. It is also noteworthy that she is under arrest due to a violation of a law. Had she been arrested without existance of any such law there would have been same hue and cry. Hence, now all those speaking in her favour are not talking about rule of law and respect of religion and beliefs.
Dr. Emile Unjom Aug 27, 2012 01:43am
Most of the replies reveal acceptance of the fact that minorities are suffering and a thought of changing this sad oft repeated scenario seems to be born in the hearts and minds of many as sensed in the replies. This to me is a positive out of this sad, chaotic state of affairs. Rev. you are a pious man and the prayers of the righteous can accomplish much. Do not cease to pray, pray on as prayers change hearts and circumstances too.
Mohammad Ali Khan Aug 28, 2012 03:16am
Read and understand Quran.Don't worship ink and paper.Don't worship incomprehensible sounds.
Lawrence Aug 28, 2012 02:38pm
nadir Aug 26, 2012 09:33am
including this girl,99.9 pakistanis do not understand arabic and therefore do not know what is written in the Quran or what are the meaning of the verses recited during the Namaz which is offered 5 times a day. If we understood the Quran or the namaz, we wouldnt be fanatics and the mullahs would loose their employment
aftabwilson Aug 27, 2012 05:42pm
I fail to understand that it is no where written in Holy Quran that if it is burnt or shown disrespect then the perpetrator should be burnt or killed so why all this fuss. Article 265 A B & C is a man made law and not a divine law. There are many cases in the history where Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was insulted but He showed mercy so why his followers are killing in His name. This law either should go or rewritten according to international standards and requirements.