70 Yr Old UK Man faces the Death Penalty for Blasphemy in Pakistan

Discussion in 'Pakistan' started by bhramos, Jan 25, 2014.

  1. bhramos

    bhramos Elite Member Elite Member

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2009
    Messages:
    13,206
    Likes Received:
    6,638
    Location:
    Telangana/India/Bharat
    BBC News - Blasphemy case: Briton in Pakistan sentenced to death

    A court in the Pakistani city of Rawalpindi has sentenced a 70-year-old British man to death after convicting him of blasphemy.
    Muhammad Asghar was arrested in 2010 after writing letters to various people claiming to be a prophet, reports say.
    His lawyers argued for leniency, saying he has a history of mental illness, but this was rejected by a medical panel.
    Pakistan's controversial blasphemy laws carry a potential death sentence for anyone deemed to have insulted Islam.
    Several recent cases have prompted international concern about the application of these laws.
    Asghar, who is from Edinburgh, Scotland, was accused of writing letters to police officers claiming to be a prophet. He is thought to have lived in Pakistan for several years.
     
  2.  
  3. Blackwater

    Blackwater Veteran Member Veteran Member

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2012
    Messages:
    20,992
    Likes Received:
    11,821
    Location:
    Akhand Bharat
    pakistanis once gets biritsh citizenship, consider themselves khuda:pound::pound::pound:
     
    maomao, jackprince and boris like this.
  4. Keshav Murali

    Keshav Murali Back to studies :( Senior Member

    Joined:
    Apr 14, 2013
    Messages:
    1,229
    Likes Received:
    688
    Location:
    The city of Humidity
    Death penalty for blasphemy?

    Truly, is there no regard for the fact that in all other democratic countries, people are allowed to speak their mind? If he is such a megalomaniac that he claims he is a prophet in modern times, then by all means, let him do so!

    And being a religious megalomaniac can't mean blasphemy, can it?

    And even if Pakistan is an Islamic state, this is unacceptable by international standards. A warning and a few visits to a psychiatrist should suffice, really.
     
  5. tramp

    tramp Senior Member Senior Member

    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2009
    Messages:
    1,464
    Likes Received:
    578
    Location:
    Mumbai
    So you have not heard about the great blasphemy laws of the Land of the Pure?

     
  6. boris

    boris Regular Member

    Joined:
    May 2, 2012
    Messages:
    335
    Likes Received:
    193
    Location:
    Somewhere
    I have heard they are quite problematic there and in areas with more Indians they themselves pretend to be Indians?
     
  7. jmj_overlord

    jmj_overlord Regular Member

    Joined:
    Sep 12, 2013
    Messages:
    694
    Likes Received:
    154
    Location:
    Cochin
    nothing can be done about it.......those guys are living in another timezone where religion is the most sensitive issue. These guys have been brainwashed for years and there is nothing we can do to change their mindset. No wonder pak is the breeding ground of terrorism...
     
    Known_Unknown likes this.
  8. Blackwater

    Blackwater Veteran Member Veteran Member

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2012
    Messages:
    20,992
    Likes Received:
    11,821
    Location:
    Akhand Bharat
    True heard
     
  9. Keshav Murali

    Keshav Murali Back to studies :( Senior Member

    Joined:
    Apr 14, 2013
    Messages:
    1,229
    Likes Received:
    688
    Location:
    The city of Humidity
    No (embarrassed, bangs head against the table)

    :frusty:

    It is really illogical for a democracy to have such laws.
     
  10. bennedose

    bennedose Senior Member Senior Member

    Joined:
    Jun 21, 2013
    Messages:
    1,336
    Likes Received:
    1,955
    Location:
    Pindliyon ka gooda
    Where did you hear that Pakistan is a democracy?
     
  11. Keshav Murali

    Keshav Murali Back to studies :( Senior Member

    Joined:
    Apr 14, 2013
    Messages:
    1,229
    Likes Received:
    688
    Location:
    The city of Humidity
    Um,

    1. Pakistan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    India is a federal Parliamentary Republic as well.

    2. My school books. ('Nuff said)

    And,

    3. The Pakistani Constitution

    It's religious, yes, but it also explicitly mentions that,

    Pakistan is a state, wherein the principles of democracy, freedom, equality, tolerance and social justice, as enunciated by Islam, shall be fully observed;

    You were probably not serious, but still. That should do it!

    P.S. The principles of democracy, freedom, equality, tolerance and social justice, as enunciated by Islam shall be fully observed. :p
     
    Last edited: Jan 28, 2014
  12. Ash

    Ash Regular Member

    Joined:
    May 5, 2011
    Messages:
    495
    Likes Received:
    388
    Location:
    South Africa
    Touchy buggers, aren't they?
     
  13. bennedose

    bennedose Senior Member Senior Member

    Joined:
    Jun 21, 2013
    Messages:
    1,336
    Likes Received:
    1,955
    Location:
    Pindliyon ka gooda
    Thanks for the reply. In fact Pakistan is not a functioning democracy at all despite what Wiki and your school books tell you. North Korea is called the "Democratic People's Republic of Korea" and also calls itself democratic.

    I will expand on this later - no time at present.

    But if you must search for information yourself, just see what has been done with the Pakistan constitution since the 1950s - how many changes and who changed them. Exactly what constitution is being followed in Pakistan now is another moot point.

    Exactly one fair election was held in 1970, but having said that, the last elections held were also probably describable as fair. But two fair elections among a handful of elections and 30 plus years of military rule is not what one could call a functioning democracy. there are other issues, but more of that later
     
  14. dhananjay1

    dhananjay1 Regular Member

    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2013
    Messages:
    972
    Likes Received:
    912
    Location:
    india
    If people in 7th century Arabia effectively killed of all self proclaimed prophets we wouldn't have this problem.
     

Share This Page