Monday, January 2, 2017

Pakistan: Christmas message leads to death threats, police case against Salmaan Taseer's son


The police report did reference the Christmas message and opened an investigation the blasphemy laws' Section 295-A, which bans hate speech against any religion.

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By Kay Johnson and Mubasher Bukhari | January 2, 2017

ISLAMABAD/LAHORE - A Christmas message calling for prayers for those charged under Pakistan's blasphemy laws has led to death threats against the son of a provincial governor killed five years ago for criticising the same laws.

The case highlights the continuing influence in Pakistan of Muslim hardliners who praise violence in the name of defending Islam, despite a government vow to crack down on religious extremism.

The hardliners have called for mass protests if police do not charge activist Shaan Taseer with blasphemy against Islam - a crime punishable by death.

Taseer's father, Punjab governor Salman Taseer, was gunned down by his bodyguard for championing the case of a Christian woman, Asia Bibi, who was sentenced to death under the blasphemy laws, which he said needed to be reformed.

In a video message posted on his Facebook page, Taseer, a Muslim, wishes a happy holiday to Christians, in solidarity, and also asked for prayers for the woman and others victimised by what he called "inhumane" blasphemy laws.

Taseer said on Monday that he had received "very credible death threats" from supporters of the hardline Muslim philosophy that inspired his father's killer, bodyguard Mumtaz Qadri.

"They are sending me Mumtaz Qadri's photos with messages that there are several Mumtaz Qadris waiting for me," he told Reuters late on Monday.

Tens of thousands people attended Qadri's funeral last March after he was put to death for killing the governor because they considered him a hero - showing the potential for this case to become another flashpoint.

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(Writing by Kay Johnson; Editing by Alison Williams)


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  1. This is disgusting.These so called Muslims are deteriorating the name of Islam.Pakistani authorities,they have to address this terrific situation.The "inhumane" blasphemy laws are destroying the country who was founded on the name of Islam.May Allah guide these people who thought that killing n murdering is justified in Islam and who thought that by killing unjustly,they become the heroes of Islam,May their evil plans be unsuccessful. May they know that Islam preaches tolerance and love.

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