I have to confess to a feeling of schadenfreude over the prospect of former Pakistani strongman Pervez Musharraf facing blasphemy charges. An attorney in Pakistan is demanding that he be charged with blasphemy over a 2007 military operation that killed some extremists and destroyed their Qurans too.
A lawyer on Monday moved the Islamabad High Court (IHC) seeking action against former president Pervez Musharraf under the blasphemy law for allegedly desecrating the holy Quran and other religious books during the July 2007 Lal Masjid operation.
In his petition, advocate Tariq Asad, who is the counsel for the newly-established Shuhada Foundation of Pakistan Trust, contended that Musharraf was responsible for launching the operation during which “not only a large number of civilians were killed but also copies of the holy Quran, religious books and research materials were destroyed.”
The petition said the objective of the operation was “not only to commit murders of religious scholars, preachers and teachers but also to destroy the mission of the preaching of Islam, which prima facie was tantamount to the commission of the offence of blasphemy.”
I’m opposed to blasphemy laws, but it’s kind of refreshing to seem them used against people who have abused their power rather than against someone with no power at all.