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Pakistan: Christian sentenced to death for maligning Muhammad

Religion of Peace alert

by Robert Spencer

Blasphemy

Pakistan’s blasphemy laws are the occasion for numerous human rights abuses, as Muslims often use them against non-Muslims to settle scores, seize property, etc. But the global “human rights community” remains largely indifferent. After all, it isn’t as if these people were victims of something serious like “Islamophobia”!

“Pakistani Christian gets death in blasphemy case,” from theAssociated Press, March 27 (thanks to all who sent this in):

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — The lawyer for a Pakistani Christian man accused of blasphemy says his client has been convicted and sentenced to death in a case that sparked a riot through a Christian neighborhood last year.

Sawan Masih’s lawyer, Naeem Shakir, says a judge in the eastern city of Lahore announced the verdict on Thursday. Shakir said he would appeal.

The incident took place on March 7 last year. A young Muslim man accused Masih of maligning the Prophet Muhammed, a serious accusation in a country where blasphemy can be punished by life in prison or death….

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Textbooks In Pakistani Government Schools Teaching Hate Against Christians And Hindus, Jihad And Martyrdom To Young Students

(I’m wondering…do the Pakistani mosques and schools in the Houston area teach hate?)

By: Tufail Ahmad

Introduction

This paper examines the role of school textbooks in promoting hate against religious minorities in Pakistan. On September 22, 2013, more than 80 Christians were killed and hundreds wounded when two Taliban suicide bombers targeted worshippers as they were leaving after a Sunday mass at the 130-year old All Saints’ church in Peshawar, the capital of Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.[1] Imran Khan, the leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party which governs the province, slammed the attackers but in the same breath asked: “why do terrorist attacks occur when dialogue is on the table?” – the insinuation being that foreign forces planned the attack to sabotage Pakistan’s peace negotiations with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).[2]

Jundul Hafsa, a militant outfit which functions as part of the Hakimullah Mehsud-led TTP, claimed responsibility for the attack. Ahmad Marwat, the group’s spokesman, said the following about Christians: “They are the enemies of Islam; therefore we target them… We will continue our attacks on non-Muslims on Pakistani land.”[3] There are 200,000 Christians in the province and of them 70,000 live in Peshawar.[4] Such hate against Christians is the result of decades of teachings in government-run schools across Pakistan.

In Pakistan, where Islamist groups are launching regular attacks against non-Muslim Pakistanis like Christians and Hindus as well as some sects of Muslims such as Shi’ites and Ahmadi Muslims, whom they do not consider to be real Muslims, the official and unofficial media, government leaders and religious scholars have legitimized hate against religious minorities, with the term “minority” itself having come to be seen in a pejorative context. As a result of such legitimization of hate through school textbooks, government policies, sermons in mosques and religious congregations, there is growing persecution of Pakistani Christians, Hindus, Shias and Ahmadi Muslims. In September 2012, the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) released a paper by this author, cataloguing Islamist and jihadi attacks against these minority groups and underlining the need to put Pakistan on international genocide watch.[5]

After the September 22 church attack, senior Pakistani journalist Aamer Ahmed Khan commented on the Pakistani elite’s silence in condemning such attacks on minorities in unequivocal terms, stating: “This silence of our ruling elite is itself the real Talibanism.”[6]In Pakistan, the federal government and the provincial government headed by Imran Khan’s party in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are engaged in talks with the Taliban. Their ministers are publicly seen as silent in their criticism of jihadi groups and the TTP. In turn, the Taliban are emboldened. In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the PTI-led government has recently been in the news for initiating policies to restore jihadi lessons in school textbooks which were removed as part of reforms by the previous government of the secular Awami National Party (ANP). “What kind of sovereignty, freedom, and Islamic values are these when Islamic teachings, jihad, and national heroes are removed from textbooks? Jihad is part of our faith. We will not back down (from our decision),” Shah Farman, the information minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, told reporters on August 21, 2013.[7]

Pakistani Journalist Maheen Usmani: “14-Year-Old Students Of Pakistan Studies Are Being Taught: ‘One Of The Reasons For The Downfall Of The Muslims… Was The Lack Of The Spirit Of jihad'”; “13-Year-Olds Are Instructed: ‘In Islam, Jihad Is Very Important'”

Throughout Pakistan’s history, since its creation in 1947, hate speech against non-Muslims has been a normal phenomenon in Pakistani society….

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“Islamisation fears at top Pakistan university”

By Robert Spencer

….”They won’t come back for at least 30 minutes and some of them even decide not to return to class,” Sajjad Akhtar said, gathering his notes and sitting down to wait for his students to return.

At Quaid-i-Azam University, rated the best public university in Pakistan and the best Pakistani university in Asia, this is an everyday reality across all academic departments.

The university grants a 15-minute break for prayers but any student is allowed to get up as soon he hears the call to prayer in what critics call a chaotic interruption of academic life.

They say increased Islamisation in Pakistan’s top teaching institutes and among the growing middle classes is helping to dumb down academic standards and restrict students’ social life.

At Quaid-i-Azam University there are four mosques, but still no bookshop,” says Pervez Hoodbhoy, a nuclear physicist and one of Pakistan’s most prominent academics who used to teach there.

Established in 1965 in the new federal capital Islamabad, it was considered a liberal campus until 1977 when controversial military ruler Zia-ul-Haq seized power.

During his 10-year rule, until his death in a plane crash in 1988, Zia embedded a conservative form of Islam into politics and affairs of state, and ushered in sharia law to run alongside the penal code.

Trade unions and student bodies were banned in educational institutions, and Arabic and Islamic studies were made mandatory for all students until university level.

Additional marks were given in exams to students who learned the Koran by heart. Over the subsequent generations, the trend has got deeper and more embedded.

“There are far fewer students today who can sing and dance, recite poetry, or who read novels than 20 years ago,” Hoodbhoy told AFP. “The university is very much like a school for older children, where rote-learning is considered education.

“There’s no intellectual excitement, no feeling of discovery, and girls are mostly silent note-takers, you have to prod them to ask questions.”…

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Pakistan’s Biggest Gay Cruising Spot is an Islamic Shrine

 

 

 

By Daniel Greenfield taliban-gay

 

It is Pakistan so there are only so many options. It’s either a Muslim mosque, Muslim tomb or an internet cafe. And the internet cafes have limited space.

But the BBC does report that Karachi, Pakistan is a gay paradise. If you overlook the death by stoning provision of the Islamic Hudood ordinances, which the BBC tastefully does, blaming the British colonial era for criminalizing homosexuality and implying that prison sentences are rarely handed out. Left unmentioned is that this is mainly because the “openly gay” men who show up in reports like these come from the upper classes….

…Sex between men occurs in some very public places – including, surprisingly, Karachi’s busiest shrine.

Families go to the Abdullah Shah-Ghazi shrine to honour the holy man buried there and to ask for God’s blessings, but it is also Karachi’s biggest cruising ground.

Every Thursday evening, as the sun sets, men from across the city gather there. A tightly packed circle is formed and those in the centre of the circle are groped by those on the periphery.

To outsiders it looks like a writhing mass of men huddling around one another. Some even describe it as a “mysterious religious ceremony”. For participants, it’s anonymous group sex.

Who says Islam is homophobic? It has its mysterious religious ceremonies….

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SHAMEFUL: US AGREES TO EXTRADITE AAFIA SIDDIQUI, “LADY AL QAEDA,” TO PAKISTAN

By Pamela Geller

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Convicted terrorist Aafia Siddiqui

Aafia Siddiqui  is an MIT-trained neuroscientist who married a top Al Qaeda operative who intended to blow up gas stations or poison water reservoirs in the United States. She is known as “Lady Al Qaeda,” and was convicted of attempting to murder Americans in Afghanistan after she was found with plans for a “mass casualty attack” in the United States, along with a list of New York landmarks.Aafia Siddiqui named Farha Ahmed as her legal counsel in a handwritten letter in October of 2010. Farha Ahmed was running for office in Texas. Farha Ahmed was the leader of the anti-Geller protests outside my Sugar Land, Texas Tea party event.

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Farha Ahmed, holding sign, turned away from camera.

Farha Ahmed, lawyer for chemical weapons jihadist Lady Al Qaeda, also tried to infiltrate the Republican party by running for office. Ahmed ran for Sugar Land City Council District 4 but was defeated, thanks to great Americans who alerted Texans to the subversive politician in their midst. Ahmed lied about her involvement in the Lady Al Qaeda case. Despite the craven quisling government officials like the DA, who wrote glowing letters to their constituents endorsing the stealth jihadist candidate Ahmed, and the fact that her terror-tied alliances were scrubbed from the web, she was defeated. But remember, the enemy never sleeps and never quits. So she will be back.

And Aafia Siddiqui will be going back to Pakistan, thanks to yet another Obama capitulation to jihad. How long will it be before the Pakistani government releases her?

US agrees on Aafia Siddiqui’s extradition The Nation (Pakistan), July 19, 2013

In a major breakthrough, the US has offered Pakistan to sign prisoner swap agreement for the extradition of Dr Aafia Siddiqi, after which the Pakistani scientist will be allowed to serve the remaining part of her imprisonment in homeland….

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And from Robert Spencer at Jihad Watch: 

“The agreement states that Aafia will have to stay imprisoned in Pakistan for the number of years (86) she was sentenced to in the US.” Not a chance. If she goes to Pakistan, she will go free.

Pakistan: Violations against Christians Soar

She is on death row for a comment that Jesus Christ is not dead but that the Prophet Mohammed is dead. Pakistan is now one of the most dangerous places for Christians to live.

by Mohshin Habib

Rimsha Masih, a young Pakistani Christian girl, who was arrested in August 2012 by Pakistan’s police for alleged blasphemy, has escaped the country with the direct help of Canadian Immigration Minister Jason Kenney and AVAAZ, a civic organization. Local media and her parents said she was as young as 11 at the time of her arrest; medical reports classified her as an “uneducated” 14-year-old with a mental age younger than her years. Accused of burning pages of the holy book for Muslims, the Quran, Masih, under Pakistan’s “blasphemy laws,” faced the death penalty.

Masih fled with her family members to Canada, where Immigration Minister Jason Kenney instructed officials to process the family’s applications for permanent residency on humanitarian grounds.

While Masih and her family are fortunate, no one knows what will happen to the rest of the Christians of Pakistan. Even though they make up only about two percent of the population — or precisely because of it: there are so few, they may appear invitingly vulnerable — they suffer beatings by their neighbors, murder by the police and imprisonment by the courts.

Last month, three Christian women, Arshad Bibi, Sajida Bibi and Sauriya Bibi (Bibi means a lady or girl) were brutally beaten and forced to parade naked by the armed henchmen of a landlord, who happens to connections in ruling party PML(N).

According to reports, the incident occurred on the night of June 3, as the male members of the family were at work. The armed men entered the house by jumping the boundary wall, then unlocked the gate from inside. The women, along with two elderly relatives, were asleep. The attackers looked for the men; when they could not find them, they began to beat the three women. They then took the young Christian women into the street, tore off their cloths and forced them to parade naked.

Aasia Bibi, another Pakistani Christian woman who was the Pakistani court, has now been imprisoned for four years under the country’s blasphemy law. After having been given a death sentence, she is on death row for a comment that Jesus Christ is not dead but that the Prophet Mohammed is dead. For this statement, she was brutally beaten by her Muslim co-workers and arrested by the police.

 

Aasia Bibi’s family members campaign for her release in Spain, December 13, 2012. (Source: HazteOir.org)

 

Killing, oppression and humiliation are more and more frequently taking place in Pakistan. In addition to the well-known cases of Martha Bibi, Younis Masih, Rifaqaat Masih, Sawan Masih, Samuel Masih [Masih, meaning "messiah", is a very common name among Pakistan's Christians] and many others are also being subjected to killings, imprisonment with long sentences, beatings, and burnings. In just the past few months, for instance, Pakistani police killed three Christian boys for love affairs with Muslim girls. Afzal Masih 20 and Iftekhar Masih 20 were killed on Aprl 29, and Adnan Masih was tortured, then killed, by the police on June 10.

In August 2012, an 11-year-old Christian boy was found dead, with his lips and nose sliced off, his stomach removed and his legs mutilated. Police said he had also been subjected to sodomy.

The Society for the Protection of the Rights of the Child reports that as many as 2,000 girls and women from various minority sects have, through rape, torture and kidnapping, been forcibly converted to Islam; and in 2011 alone, 161 people were charged with “blasphemy.” According to reports, in 2009, eight Christians were burned to death in Pakistan’s province of Punjab after rumors spread of a desecration of the Quran.

In April, 2013, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom warned that the risk to Pakistan’s minorities has reached a crisis level. The Commission said that the blasphemy laws, and others, are used to violate religious freedoms and foster a climate of impunity….

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Jihadists Execute Mother and Daughters for Dancing in the Rain

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