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Jan 23 2013

Pakistani Ambassador Faces Blasphemy Charges

The Pakistani ambassador to the United States, Sherry Rehman, is facing a criminal investigation in her home country for blasphemy. The Supreme Court of Pakistan ordered that investigation into whether she “outraged the religious feelings of Muslims with deliberate and malicious intent.”

The Supreme Court has directed the Multan City Police Officer (CPO) to decide an application regarding the registration of blasphemy case against Pakistan’s Ambassador to the US, Sherry Rehman, according to the law.

Mohammad Faheem Akhtar Gill had filed an appeal in the Supreme Court against a Lahore High Court, Multan Bench, decision that it has no jurisdiction in the case, and has prayed that the Punjab Police be directed to register a criminal case against Sherry Rehman under Section 295C of Pakistan Penal Code. He made Multan district and sessions judge, Multan CCPO, an SHO and Sherry Rehman as respondents.

Howard Friedman indicates that the blasphemy charge stems from Rehman’s opposition to blasphemy laws:

Presumably the interview related to Rehman’s attempt at that time to get the National Assembly to eliminate the death penalty for blasphemy.

So it’s blasphemous not to want to kill other people for blasphemy.

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  1. 1
    Sastra

    So it’s blasphemous not to want to kill other people for blasphemy.

    Hmm … doesn’t this observation of yours seem a little …. blasphemous?

  2. 2
    Taz

    That’s some catch, that Catch-22!

  3. 3
    marcus

    Jebus Fucking Christ, The Muslims and their goddamn religious feefees! Grow the fuck up!

    (whine) Stop oppressing us with you difference of opinion.

    For the love of dog try to come up to the 19th century at the very fucking least. Even the stupid-ass Catholics had stopped murdering people by then!

  4. 4
    raven

    Howard Friedman indicates that the blasphemy charge stems from Rehman’s opposition to blasphemy laws.

    She might well be assassinated for that.

    A prominent politician came out agains the blasphemy laws not too long ago. He was murdered by his own body guard.

    Pakistan politician killed for opposing blasphemy law – GlobalPost
    www. globalpost. com › Home › Regions › Asia-Pacific › Pakistan

    Jan 4, 2011 – Activists of ruling Pakistan People’s Party crowd around the ambulance carrying the body of Punjab governor Salman Taseer in Islamabad on …

    It was the governor of Punjab, one of their major provinces, and a member of the ruling party.

  5. 5
    raven

    Everything I’ve seen about Pakistan screams failing nation state.

    There are so many violent conflicts, it is hard to keep track of them.

    The Sunnis are killing the Ahazara Shi’ites for being Shi’ites. The Balochis are trying to seccede and there is a civil war. The Sunnis also attack the Sufis. The Alhadyis are officially heretics and persecuted. The Taliban attacks everyone else.

    They mix it up with the Hindus next door occasionally.

    When they get bored with those, they attack xians and polio health care workers.

    They store some of their large arsenal of nuclear bombs in a facility up north. It’s been attacked three times by the Taliban.

  6. 6
    schism

    The Supreme Court of Pakistan ordered that investigation into whether she “outraged the religious feelings of Muslims with deliberate and malicious intent.”

    That must be the easiest job in the world.

    “Does the thing or person in question exist in any way, shape, or form?”
    Yes: “BLASPHEMY AND OUTRAGE!”
    No: “WOULD HAVE BEEN BLASPHEMY THEREFORE OUTRAGE!”

  7. 7
    cry4turtles

    Sounds like Ms. Rehman better defect toute-suite!

  8. 8
    d.c.wilson

    Slightly OT, but did that cleric who burned pages of the Koran in order to frame the Christian girl ever get charged with blasphemy?

  9. 9
    footface

    Is there anything as bloodthirsty as fundamentalism?

  10. 10
    marcus

    @9 I don’t think so. Genghis Khan was the very epitome of restraint compared to those people.

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