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Religious parties pledge support to assassin
Published January 06, 2011
MULTAN/KARACHI – The religious parties Wednesday were all praise for Mumtaz Hussain Qadri, the assassin of Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer, and warned the govt that any attempt to repeal or amend the blasphemy law would be resisted.
In Multan, Tehrik Tahaffuz-e-Namoos-e-Risalat (TTNR) offered full legal and moral support to Qadri, saying no stone would be left unturned to get him released.
“We’ll dedicate our all out energies and resources for the sacred cause. We’re also going to hold a ‘successful’ public meeting in Karachi on January 9 for the protection of the Namoos-e-Risalat,” announced a joint declaration issued by the Multan chapter of the body after an emergency meeting held at the Jama’at-e-Islami (JI) office.
The meeting, chaired by the local president of TTNR Mufti Hidayatullah Pasroori, was attended by the representatives of all religious parties including JI, JUP, JUI and Jamiat Ahl-e-Hadith besides lawyers and traders.
“The arrest of family members of Ghazi Mumtaz Hussain Qadri is highly condemnable. The government has no logic to detain them. They should be released forthwith,” demanded the declaration.
The clerics further asked of the government to immediately dissolve the committee formed by President Asif Ali Zardari to amend the blasphemy law (295-C) and withdraw Sherry Rehman’s bill; otherwise, the rulers would be responsible for any related development.
“He (Salmaan Taseer) himself is responsible for his killing. No Muslim can tolerate blasphemy,” said Pasroori while addressing the meeting. He said the killing of someone on the issue of blasphemy was nothing new in the region. “Those who committed blasphemy have been facing the same fate in the past.”
TTNR Secretary-General Dr Ashraf Ali Ateeq warned the rulers to mend their ways and seek forgiveness from Almighty Allah for their blasphemous behaviours. “They’re bent upon hurting the religious sentiments of Muslims to appease their foreign masters. We warn them to refrain from making such ill-advised moves; otherwise, they’ll have to face serious consequences,” he added.