Friday, January 07, 2011
Friday is Muslim sabbath. The main religious parties in Pakistan including Jamiat Ulema Islam and Jamaat Islami have given calls for protest rallies after noon prayers to keep the blaphemy law in tact in Pakistan's statute books.
Pakistan's tough blasphemy law calls for death penalty on anyone who blasphemes Islam or Prophet Mohammed.
The religious parties have also given a call for a shutter down strike next Friday, or New Year's eve.
In June last year, Aasia Bibi had allegedly asked Muslim women with whom she was working a field that Jesus Christ had given his life for her and what sacrifice did Prophet Muhammad give for them. her question followed an argument as the women had refused to drink water she had fetched for them saying infidel's hand had touched the water tumbler.
"We appeal to Maulana Fazlur Rehman, to please call off the protest demonstration. His father the late Mufti Mehmud, was a real moderate Muslim who believed in secular politics," said Nazir Bhatti who is president of Pakistan Christian Congress and publisher of Pakistan Christian Post.
He recalled that the late Mufti Mehmud had opposed the nationalization of Christian schools and hospitals way back in the early 1970s in two Pakistan provinces and that was the reason why no schools or hospitals were nationalized there, he said.
"Please follow your father who was an enlighten Muslim. Please take back your call," he said.
Hindu human rights activist say the situation with the equally sheepish minority Hindus in Pakistan is pathetic where even their marriages are not recognized even to this day. According to Gopinath Kumar even dead Hindus are frowned upon and he cited a case on Tuesday night when the remains of a 10-year-old Hindu girl was dug out from a Muslim grave to "purify" the graveyard.
Pakistan means land of the pure and the name was conceptualized by under British patronage to ridicule the majority Hindu faith in India as impure. Arab Muslim invaders massacred more than 80 million Hindus and destroyed thousands of their temples in India before becoming rulers of India, independent historians say.
South Asian analysts blame Pakistan's military for promoting Islamic extremism even more vigorously since they met their Waterloo in the Paltan Maidan of Dhaka, Bangladesh formerly East Pakistan, on December 6, 1971. On that day more than 90,000 Pakistan soldiers surrendered at the hands of the Mukti Bahini and Indian army.
Even now, Islamists are acting as show boys of the Pakistan's defense establishment and scapegoating Aasia Bibi to shield the Al Qaeda and Taliban as the U.S. is determined to take out their sanctuaries that shifted to Pakistan when the U.S. launched Operation Enduring Freedom in winter 2001.
Christian and Hindu women are routinely abducted and forcibly converted and married against their wishes, raped and even killed in Pakistan but no culprit has ever been brought to justice in the last 63 years.
Aasia Bibi is presently lodged at the Sheikhupura jail, Punjab, which is also the stronghold of the Pakistan military -- fourth largest in the world.