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Pakistani mullah ‘planted charred texts’ on girl accused of blasphemy

Pakistani policemen escort Islamic cleric Hafiz Mohammed Khalid Chishti as he arrives at a court in Islamabad. Photograph: Farooq Naeem/AFP/Getty Images

An update on the case against Rimsha Masih via. Mohammad Rashid, who adds the comment, “Time to abolish this idiotic law!” Agreed.

It seems the local cleric, Hafiz Mohammed Khalid Chishti, who was a chief instigator in the recent anti-Christian agitation and persecution of Rimsha Masih had a very belligerent attitude against local Christians who he accused of making “too much noise” when the they worship (where have we heard that before?). Like other absolutists he couldn’t countenance living near people who were different than him. This was revealed by another cleric Maulvi Zubair from a mosque nearby who said he objected to to Chishti’s plans.

Chishti is in custody now, pending investigation on charges that he planted charred pages on the young girl. This gives the story an added twist of depravity, what kind of adult would do something so cynical, so base? I hope he is also charged for inciting violence.

Pakistani mullah ‘planted charred texts’ on girl accused of blasphemy

(The Guardian)

The mullah at the centre of the furore surrounding a young Pakistani Christian girl facing a death sentence for blasphemy has been accused of deliberately framing her by planting burnt Islamic texts.

In an extraordinary development in the case, which has attracted international condemnation, Hafiz Mohammed Khalid Chishti arrived in court blindfolded and under tight security after being arrested late on Saturday night. The judge ruled he should be held in police custody for two weeks.

Police say two of his colleagues gave statements that he added pages from the Qu’ran to strengthen the case against Rimsha Masih, who has been in custody for two weeks after she was accused by Muslim neighbours in her Islamabad neighbourhood of burning the holy book.

The crime is particularly serious under the country’s much-criticised blasphemy laws and offenders can be sentenced to death.

Maulvi Zubair and two other assistants at a mosque near Rimsha’s house told police Chishti deliberately added pages from the Qu’ran to some charred refuse she was carrying.

Zubair is said to have objected at the time but Chishti insisted it was the only way to get rid of Christians in the area.

Rimsha’s lawyers maintain that she did not commit any crime. They say that not only is she only 13 years old, and should be tried as a juvenile, she also has Down’s syndrome and therefore “cannot commit such a crime”, according to her bail application.

Chishti has been outspoken about his dislike of the hundreds of Christian families who live in the area, even appearing on a popular national television show to complain that the noise made by Christian worshippers had disturbed Muslim residents.

He also welcomed the departure of most of the Christians from the area following the furore surrounding the arrest of Rimsha last month. With passions running high in the community – hundreds of people demonstrated outside her house, reportedly demanding the right to burn the young girl to death – most Christians fled the area.

“We are not upset the Christians have left and we will be pleased if they don’t come back,” Chishti told the Guardian on 18 August.

Tahir Naveed Chaudhry from the All Pakistan Minority Committee said Rimsha’s lawyers had always maintained the evidence was planted. “And now it is proved that the whole story was only designed to dislocate the Christian people,” he said.

“[Chishti] must be prosecuted under the blasphemy law as it will set a precedent against anyone else who tries to misuse that law.”

The blasphemy laws have been widely abused as a powerful way to settle scores and disputes. People have been sentenced to long jail terms on extremely weak evidence, some of which cannot even be properly examined in court for fear of repeating any blasphemy.

But public criticism of the laws is itself dangerous – two prominent politicians have been assassinated by religious hardliners after speaking out.

Mumtaz Qadri, a former security guard who last year gunned down his boss, Salman Taseer, the governor of the Punjab at the time, is regarded by many Pakistanis as a hero for killing a man who had publicly criticised the blasphemy laws and backed a Christian woman who was sentenced to death.

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  • Ilisha

    @aRcaNum

    What are you on about? Unless you’re sock puppeting, none of your comments were deleted.

  • aRcaNum

    This has to be one of the worst websites I have ever seen. Moderated in one direction, the moderators. I’ll never be back

  • http://gravatar.com/saladinakabigboss Saladin aka Big Boss

    @persian

    “Im telling you, Salafism is a very dangerous ideology. It needs to be banned in all Muslim countries the way Nazism is banned in Germany. There needs to be a de-Salafism, just as the Nazis were purged.”
    “However, Salafism/al-Qaida are a sect n to themselves with nothing to offer other than fanaticism, extremism, and exclusion against anything “other.””

    Before I respond I want to be clear I am not Salafi/neo-Salafi I find a lot of their views on Islam very intolerant and rigid. With that much said let me a few points.

    Who will lead this reeducation Robert Spencer , Tarek Fatah, Irshad Manji, Geert Wilders , or yourself since you seem to know which ideas are good and which are bad and want decide for other people what they can and can’t think?

    Salafism is not AQ they hate them they have condemned terrorism numerous times. They are better at stopping terrorist than the so called liberal Muslims, any movement can become Xenophobic even *GASP* liberal ones, There is a lot of real evidence showing that Salafis and AQ hate each other.
    OBL was more influenced by Sayyid Qutb style of thought and even then OBL and AQ main grievances with the west are political not religious.

    You have no right to coerce other people into accepting or rejecting an ideology if you disagree with an ideology then argue against it.

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  • persian

    I agree, there are extremist in all faiths and all sects of Islam. However, Salafism/al-Qaida are a sect n to themselves with nothing to offer other than fanaticism, extremism, and exclusion against anything “other.” Their whole creed is nothing but exclusionism…which leads to flying jets into buildings, bombing places of worship, cutting heads off…

  • Lo

    Correct me if I’m wrong but aren’t all children and the mentally challenged regarded as innocents in Islam? That’s why they are not obliged to fast, or pray, or say the shahadah. They are already guaranteed a place in heaven. That’s a lot more than this cleric can say about himself.

  • Géji

    @persian Says: “Im telling you, Salafism is a very dangerous ideology. It needs to be banned in all Muslim countries the way Nazism is banned in Germany. There needs to be a de-Salafism, just as the Nazis were purged.”

    Not that we should agree with the staunch conservatism or the literalist interpretations of salafi groups, and because of that, yes that group
    can be very intolerant of those with different view. But nonetheless, Persian your scaremongering toward them its pathetic and dangerous in itself. There were always those Muslims who were intolerant before “Salafism”, as there are now lots of Muslims who are intolerant without adhering to “Salafism” or being part of that group. Tarek Fatah, Zuhdi Jasser, Asra Nomani, Mona Hathaway are supposedly “anti-salafism”, but yet are as much if not more intolerant than any ‘salafi’ out-there. Blaming all problems facing the Muslim community on “Salafism” is not only unfair, but unwise too, so please keep your divisionist sectarian talk out of here. And by the way, comparing salafis to nazis is just as ridiculous, as it is bigoted.

  • Sam Seed

    @ persian. There is no Ideology known as Salafism, it’s something you created yourself. There are radicals and pacifists in all religions.

  • Sir David ( Illuminati membership number 5:32)

    Persian
    Frankly this is not the forum for such comments . I am sure there are pleanty of fora for intermuslim rivalry but I dont think this is one of them .
    Or are you a paid troll whoes job it is to derail interesting threads ?
    If so how much do you get paid ?
    Is it worth your soul ?
    Anyway lets get back to this evil mullah in Pakistan .
    The story confirms that all religions attract bad types to the priesthood .
    Yup there are even bad athiests . It must be the human condition or something .

    Sir David

    Angers
    France

  • khushboo

    persian, you are off topic but since your comment went through I’ll respond.

    The earliest Muslims were considered Salafis. Our Prophet Muhammad (SAW) was one of them. Not all extremists are Salafis and vice versa. Please refrain from stereotyping. Thanks!

  • persian

    Im telling you, Salafism is a very dangerous ideology. It needs to be banned in all Muslim countries the way Nazism is banned in Germany. There needs to be a de-Salafism, just as the Nazis were purged.

  • Steve

    @Ilisha, I don’t mean to be offensive or disruptive, I merely question what I regard as unfounded claims. If my posts are often terse it’s because they often don’t appear so I don’t spend much time on them.

  • Ilisha

    @Steve

    (1) Your comments are often snide and seem calibrated to be offensive or disruptive.

    (2) Your comments in particular prompted skirmishes among other visitors on at least two recent threads.

    (3) With the recent torrent of nasty comments and persistent trolls, my patience is limited (though I’m not the only moderator).

    In short, your thoughtful comments are welcome, but you won’t be given free rein to derail discussions.

  • Steve

    Pretty much all of my posts on here these days disappear. It seems the usual suspects can make any unfounded claim they wish but if you question them your post disappears. This site is pretty much a talking and back slapping site for a handful of people.

  • mjasghar

    Nuralia
    Allah bless you

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