Muslim Imam Khalid Jadoon faces possible blasphemy charge

Dawn: Police say they are investigating whether a cleric who allegedly tried to frame a Christian girl for blasphemy should be charged with insulting Islam himself.

Police officer Munir Jafferi said officials registered the blasphemy case against Khalid Jadoon Chishti on Monday.

Police arrested Chisti on Saturday after a member of the cleric’s mosque accused him of stashing pages from the copy of the holy Quran in the girl’s bag to make it seem like she burned pages containing verses from the holy book.

Chishti has denied the allegation.

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  1. If he added the Quranic or other religious pages to be burnt, he was himself committing the crime that he was framing the girl for. Additionally, the Holy Quran also at times suggests the principle of tit for tat. Here please focus on the principle of reciprocation, rather than on other details:

    The adulteress and the adulterer (or the fornicatress and the fornicator) — flog each one of them with a hundred stripes. And let not pity for the twain take hold of you in executing the judgment of Allah, if you believe in Allah and the Last Day. And let a party of the believers witness their punishment. … The adulteress and the adulterer (or the fornicatress and the fornicator) — flog each one of them with a hundred stripes. And let not pity for the twain take hold of you in executing the judgment of Allah, if you believe in Allah and the Last Day. And let a party of the believers witness their punishment. Except those who repent thereafter and make amends, for truly Allah is Most Forgiving, Merciful. (Al Quran 24:3-6)

    And:

    And the recompense of an injury is an injury the like thereof; but whoso forgives and his act brings about reformation, his reward is with Allah. Surely, He loves not the wrongdoers. (Al Quran 42:41)

    And:

    O ye who believe! equitable retaliation in the matter of the slain is prescribed for you: the free man for the free man, and the slave for the slave, and the female for the female. But if one is granted any remission by one’s brother, then pursuing the matter for the realization of the blood money shall be done with fairness and the murderer shall pay him the blood money in a handsome manner. This is an alleviation from your Lord and a mercy. And whoso transgresses thereafter, for him there shall be a grievous punishment. And there is life for you in the law of retaliation, O men of understanding, that you may enjoy security. (Al Quran 2:179-180)

    In the case under discussion the ‘blood money’ would be the Mullahs agreeing to the repeal of the Blasphemy laws. Otherwise, they keep providing reasons to charge their leadership with the same laws that they propose for others. They should be given a taste of their own medicine. This is the only suitable “retaliation,” in which is the security of Pakistani nation, O men of understanding.

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