Pakistan Justice Opposing Muslim Fundamentalists

Dec 2011
2,175
#1
Hope that Pakistan will become less fearful of Muslim fundamentalists in future is given by the Supreme Court judgement given recently on the case of Asia Bibi, a Christian mother of five, who, after drinking water from a fountain, and passing the jug on to others for them to drink, was accused of insulting the Prophet Mohammed. As Pakistan has a law against blasphemy, with the death penalty for those found guilty, the matter had to go to court. Lower courts actually convicted her on this ridiculous charge, but now the supreme court has made the decision (after the defendent has been held in prison for 8 years).

It is a brave decision, because in the past many have been murdered for not upholding a blasphemy charge. The judges said that the charges against Asia were "concoction incarnate" and that she had been "more sinned against than sinned".

Even the prime minister has backed the judge's decision. Now there is the need to find a country for Asia and her children to go to, as there are still too many fundamentalists around who want to kill her (as well as the judges).
Pakistan’s Supreme Court acquits a woman accused of blasphemy
 
Nov 2014
1,549
Birmingham, UK
#2
good to see, but what a sad indictment of the country that this case ever happened.

"after drinking water from a fountain, and passing the jug on to others for them to drink, was accused of insulting the Prophet Mohammed" what a pitiful country and mindset, to even think this. what a benighted, medieval ****hole.
 

kandal

Ad Honorem
Aug 2015
2,652
USA
#4
Blasphemy laws are rigorously enforced in all Muslim countries. It is used to intimidate non-Muslims too. Islamic holy scriptures call for severe punishment for blasphemy.

If one is in a Muslim country, and say something about Mohammed or Islam that could be interpreted as criticism, expect dire consequences. (Avoid discussing Islam and Mohammed).
 

Devdas

Ad Honorem
Apr 2015
4,456
India
#6
Hope that Pakistan will become less fearful of Muslim fundamentalists in future is given by the Supreme Court judgement given recently on the case of Asia Bibi, a Christian mother of five, who, after drinking water from a fountain, and passing the jug on to others for them to drink, was accused of insulting the Prophet Mohammed. As Pakistan has a law against blasphemy, with the death penalty for those found guilty, the matter had to go to court. Lower courts actually convicted her on this ridiculous charge, but now the supreme court has made the decision (after the defendent has been held in prison for 8 years).

It is a brave decision, because in the past many have been murdered for not upholding a blasphemy charge. The judges said that the charges against Asia were "concoction incarnate" and that she had been "more sinned against than sinned".

Even the prime minister has backed the judge's decision. Now there is the need to find a country for Asia and her children to go to, as there are still too many fundamentalists around who want to kill her (as well as the judges).
Pakistan’s Supreme Court acquits a woman accused of blasphemy
Asia Bibi case brought a very bad name for Pakistan internationally that may be the reason Asia Bibi is being released , but Pakistan is a gone case when it comes to religious fundamentalism. Kids in Pakistan since their childhood are ingrained to hate Hindus, Jews and Christians and Hindu hatred infact defines Pakistani nationalism, when the country's government sanctioned education system is ingraining hatred for country's minority then there is no hope for such country. Even Imran Khan on numerous occasion has been blamed for being sympathetic to religious hardliners.
 
Jul 2016
1,197
Dengie Peninsula
#8
So, if we stopped the aid, Pakistan would have to replace it with monies involved in military expenditure. Or, is that where our aid money is going in the first place, therefore the poor will be just as poor.
 
Aug 2014
1,249
pakistan
#9
The culprit is Pakistani military which uses religion as weapon, not caring about the drastic consequences. Last year they used the same mob (led by Khadim Hussain Rizwvi) against the government of Nawaz Sharif. Now the same movement (Tehreek-i-labaik) was unruly after Asia Bibi case.
 
Dec 2011
2,175
#10
So, if we stopped the aid, Pakistan would have to replace it with monies involved in military expenditure. Or, is that where our aid money is going in the first place, therefore the poor will be just as poor.
Pakistan is extremely poor with a GDP per person about one-twentieth the Western average. It's military expenditure is, at 3.4% of GDP, is relatively low, and even abolishing the military entirely would not release nearly enough to get the country's 200 million out of poverty. Quite possibly the country's leaders will say - as Western leaders do - that the nation's security comes before everything, because without a secure nation you cannot operate a working economy. Anyway, Pakistan is regarded as a vital ally:
"It is estimated that approximately 60–70% of Pakistan's military personnel are deployed along the Indo-Pakistan border.[30] In the aftermath of the United States invasion of Afghanistan, more than 150,000 personnel were shifted towards the Tribal Areas adjacent to Afghanistan.[31] Since 2004, Pakistan's military forces have been engaged in military efforts against al-Qaeda extremists.

In comparison with multinational and US forces, Pakistan's military has suffered the highest number of casualties in the war on terror, both in confrontations with al-Qaeda and during border skirmishes with the United States [ in which 42 Pakistanis were killed]. " ( Wikipedia.)