Pakistan's Zardari barred from pardoning Christian woman

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    LAHORE (Reuters) - A Pakistani court on Monday barred President Asif Ali Zardari from pardoning a Christian woman sentenced to death on charges of insulting Islam, in a case that has sparked criticism over the country's blasphemy law.[​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
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    This blasphemy law is a bogus ploy for harassment.

    It is used to settle personal disputes and that is well known.

    However, if the court is hearing the case, then it is correct that there should be no premature Presidential pardon since that would show bias as also pressure from the US (since it has been the case for earlier such trumped up blasphemy balderdash).

    Once the case is finalised, then the Presidential pardon should be given and that right of the President cannot be barred by any court, legal or kangaroo!

    Sharia laws are applied universally on all citizens of Pakistan or so it appears. This is most intolerant since Christians do not have a lifestyle or live by the Koranic injunctions.

    My comments are based on the very sketchy details of the newsfeed appended in the starter post.
     
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    Evolution of Sharia’h and Differences of Opinions

    Islamic social philosophy is based on the belief that guidance is given in Holy Quran and Sunnah for all spheres of life and the values described therein must be thoroughly imbued. This does not imply Theocracy, although religious authorities have had considerable political influence in some Muslim societies. Islamic law, called the Sharia, spells out the moral and ethical standards of the community as well as the laws for dispensing justice. Shariat is not only Islamic law but it includes both legal and moral standards, remedies and penal code.

    In the process of evolution Sharia different interpretations were given by different scholars in different times and in different context to the verses of Holy Quran and sayings of the Holy Prophet (sws). And due to difference of opinion about not only applicability but also recognition and authenticity of different collections of Hadiths different sets of Sharia laws have emerged in different sects and countries. Considerable variations are found among the laws practiced in Saudi Arbia, Africa, Emirates, Libya, Iran and Pakistan.

    Holy Quran is not a book of law. It is a book of guidance that Muslims are required to adhere to in accordance with the teachings of the Holy Prophet. Only broad principles are laid down for a happy, prosperous and progressive society based on the principles of morality and justice. The rights and obligations of the individuals to achieve these ends are prescribed and the need for acquisition of knowledge, truth and justice has been emphasized upon time and again. We have to frame detailed laws, rules, plans and practices within those parameters. But it is a sad fact that those parameters were obscured due to misinterpretation by the Muslim rulers who took reign after Khulfa e Rashideen (The first four rightly elected Caliphs). Bigotry of certain scholars and Mullahs and their greed for selfish ends continued to widen the gaps between understanding of Sharia among different groups and paved the way for division of Ummah in about 71 different sects within first few hundred years of Islam.

    Wide difference of opinions exists about Blasphemy law and Hudood Ordinance based on penal code of sharia for various crimes. There is a general misconception that the extreme punishments are the only ones prescribed whereas in actual fact most of them are meant for serious cases of incorrigible individuals. For instance severance of hand is not prescribed for every type of theft. It is to be applied in incorrigible cases of serious nature.

    The constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan stipulates that all its laws are to be based on Holy Quran and Sunnah. The highest court in Pakistan is the Supreme Court, while a Federal Shariat court administers Islamic laws and resolves the differences of opinion on different sharia issues.

    The fact is that the laws of Pakistan with certain exceptions have been molded according to Islamic ideals. But the politicians including those in religious parties as well as the people at large have not adopted Islamic ideals of conduct and have not inculcated the spirit of Islamic brotherhood. Few of us fulfill our duty and obligations to Allah and our fellow human beings as enunciated in the Holy Quran. After all these commandments and the laws of the land are meant to help us distinguish between right and wrong and what is better in life against what is worse. By itself, the law can never create anything better. Establishing respect for the law does not automatically ensure a better life for that, after all, is a job for people and not for laws and institutions.



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