Offence against all religions comes under blasphemy law: CJ

Supreme court of Pakistan

Supreme court of Pakistan

Source: Dawn.com

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan Tassaduq Hussain Jillani on Tuesday remarked that according to Pakistan Penal Code’s Article 295, offence against any religion comes under the blasphemy law while expressing annoyance for non-registration of cases against culprits involved in setting Hindu temples ablaze in Sindh.

Tassaduq Hussain Jillani

Tassaduq Hussain Jillani

He expressed these remarks while chairing a three-member bench in a suo motu case over Peshawar Church bombing and rights of minorities.

The chief justice announced that due to importance of the case, the court would appoint amicus curiae including Munir A. Malik, Khawaja Haris and Hassan Aurangzaib who would assist the court in the matter without charging any fee.

He also directed the minorities representatives to submit a report which indicates sections where the material has been used to abuse the minorities and identify areas where law enforcing agencies failed to secure their lives and property.

Justice Jillani said that the court would share grievances of the minorities, hinting establishment of a new force to safeguard the minority communities.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) MNA Dr Ramesh Kumar apprised the court that during last two months six untoward incidents happened with the Hindu community where their temples were set ablaze and their religion was not properly honoured and miscreants were not brought to book.

He said that four of the incidents come under the blasphemy law.


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Additional Inspector General (AIG) Sindh Police Ali Sher Jhakrani informed the court that the police has arrested five suspected criminals involved in torturing people belonging to minorities but cases were not registered under the blasphemy law.

The chief justice directed him to submit a detailed report over the action taken by police in this context within a week.

The court also directed Advocate General Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to submit a detailed report over the Hindu samadhi in Karak district.

Salim Michael, a member of Justice Helpline informed the court that Young Man Christian Association is a prestigious institution based in Karachi. He complained that the building was being misused by some people and the matter was subjudice in the Sindh High Court (SHC) for a while.

He said the SHC had appointed a ‘Nazir’ – a court official who serves processes, acts as treasurer, and performs other similar duties – to look after the affairs of the club till final decision.

Dr Ramesh Kumar apprised the court that according to the Liaqat-Nehru pact, the chairman of the evacuee property trust should be a Hindu.

On this, the chief justice remarked that the political situation among the two nations was not good so that the accord was not implemented on both sides but the apex court is trying to facilitate them on humanitarian grounds.

During the hearing, the chief justice also hailed the role of Indian Supreme Court for the welfare of minorities in India.

Later, the court adjourned the hearing for one week.

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11 replies

  1. Let us look at in Holy Al Quran, What Allah and prophet said about those who insult other religion and their prophet.
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    DO NOT INSULT OTHER BELIEFS.
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    “And insult not those whom they worship besides God, lest they insult God wrongfully without knowledge. Thus We have made fair-seeming to each people its own doings; then to their Lord is their return and He shall then inform them of all that they used to do QS 6;108.
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    DO NOT SCOFF OTHER BELIEF.
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    The believers are nothing else than brothers So make reconciliation between your brothers, and fear Allâh, that you may receive mercy. O you who believe! Let not a group scoff at another group, it may be that the latter are better than the former; QS 49;10-11
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    DO NOT JUDGE OTHERS
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    As Allah described in Bible and Al Quran;
    1. Do not accuse anyone falsely (exodus.20;16).

    2. Why do judge your brother?
    Why do you show contempt for your brother?
    For we shall all stand before God’s judgment
    Therefore let us not judge one another any more.
    Each of us shall account of himself.

    All of us will stand before God to be judged by Him.(Roman 14:10-11)

    God alone, who gave the law, is the Judge. He alone has the power to save or to destroy. So what right do you have to judge your neighbor? James 4:12
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    Surely, your Lord is best aware of those who go astray from His way, and He is best aware of those who are on the right path. 116-117,.
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    How wise God’s laws is?
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    If All Muslim follow God’s laws honestly, this world will be better off to live in peace, harmony, and prosperity.
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    With all my love

  2. My question are;
    1 What is definition of blasphemy law?
    2.Can Majority judge people those who has different interpretation of Islam with them is against blasphemy law?
    3.Can a scholar convey a verse to his student in his class that those who do not believe in Allah are Kafir, infidel, enemy of Islam? Is it considered a hate speech?
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    Anyone has different thought?
    with love

  3. Kafir is an open enemy of all faiths and he/she is abusive, hostile towards all peaceful believers ready to fight against the believers. . Any one who does not believe in Allah or the prophet and is a peaceful person, is not Kafir. Kafir is not a peaceful person. The beginning of Kufr is from denial. So all persons who deny the prophet and messenger, they have element of Kufr in them. But real Kafir is the one who picks up arms against peaceful people.
    This definition should be well understood. kafir is described in the Quran as an open enemy of believers (verse 4:101-102)
    Kafir is like the dare devil i.e. Al Shaiatan (The Satan). And Munafiq is like the Iblis. both are enemies of differing kinds. Shaitan is the open enemy. Iblis is the secret enemy.
    [Allah knows best]

  4. What about the insulting words on the Pakistani Passport application Forms/NICOP forms about the Holy founder of Jamaat Ahmadiyya whose advent was prophesied by the Holy Prophet (SAW) himself, is that not blasphemy by the state of Pakistan itself?

  5. @,, Ghulam Sarwar–I agree with you, but I would like to add to your comment based on Al Quran, that Muslim have to treat all people who live in peace with Muslim fairly and kindly. This is the core of Islamic teaching.
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    So Jews, Christian, Atheist, Hindu, Budha etc who respect and want to live in peace with Muslim do not consider as Kafir or enemy of Islam. They are friend of Islam, Muslim have to treat them fairly and lovely.
    As Allah commanded in Al Quran;

    Allah does not forbid you as regards those who did not fight you on account of faith, and did not expel you from your homes, that you do good to them, and deal justly with them. Surely Allah loves those who maintain justice. QS 60:8
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    With love

  6. It is possible that now, non-Muslims will also take up cases of disrespect and abuse of their faiths against some maulvis or Muslims of Pakistan and cases may be registered.
    What will be the exact meaning of this news about the blasphemy law?
    The muslims, under the leadership of maulvis, storm the courts and misbehave. Who will control that? Still it is a good news that something is being done and some truth is being told.

  7. This statement regarding the Blasphemy Law, by the Chief Justice, puts the state and majority of the “Muslims” in Pakistan in a very difficult position. The only Pakistanis who have not committed blasphemy will be the “non-muslim” minorities.

  8. In the Name of Allah the Most Gracious Ever Merciful
    First of All it is welcome move on the part of Chief Justice Mr. Tasaddq Hussain Jilani that he included insult of all the Religions in blasphemy law, it shows at least he has the sense of fairness and justice for all and equally and it is hoped that his sense of Justice will also include the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at that as per constitution of The Islamic Republic of Pakistan is a minority, and he will take into account the feelings of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at as well who are peaceful and loyal citizens of Pakistan. As I have earlier mentioned The Islam is secular in its approach to all the sects and religions so should be all the Muslim nations toward all its Minorities, that is why I said it is welcome move Allah may strengthen his hand in implementing his fairness. Aameen.
    When I read this news and all the postings so far, much reviews came to my mind and I will Insha’Allah address them as below:-
    Blasphemy law is alien to Islam alien to Holy Prophet Mohammad (p.b.u.h)and the Holy Quran is witness to this fact, while the Holy prophet Mohammad (p.b.u.h.) is Mercy for the Universe this most ugly law depict him the most merciless and inhuman figure in the world so it is in-self is blaspheme and it is always misused on false pretext, more so Allah says in the Holy Quran,”Allah does not like disorder” but the same law caused haters and disorder in the land and promoted terrorism and chaos in the society and it should be repealed with immediate effects.
    The definition of kufer given in the posting is not true, kufer is a relative term its meaning are very vast it is not necessary its meaning as infidel, so a kafir may be a believer or non believer so there is terminology among scholars of ” Islam duna Islam and kufer duna kufer” So peaceful Kafirs has the Rights to live peacefully with Muslims.
    I am in-agreement with Mr. Hibatur-Rehman,but others do not believe Hazrat Mirza Gholam Ahmad (p.b,h) as Imam Mahdi or the Promised Messiah (a. s.) however they must respect Ahmadi Muslims as Constitutional Minority.
    Verses of the holy Quran has been translated in these post so softly that seems alteration of the meaning of Holy Quran, the Holy Quran has used the words Laa tasubbullahzina mean do not use abusive language or do not call names to false gods even so that…
    Zarif Ahmad

  9. good move for Pakistan judiciary. we hope if the govt. can support hidus and other religion minorities then why not the ahmadis who believe in Allah and the blessed prophet Muhammad saw. may Allah touch and soften the hearts of all perpetrators.

  10. @Mr.Zarif Ahmad, some very good points made. Its true that others do not believe in Hazrat Mirza Gholam Ahmad (AS) as Imam Mahdi or the Promised Messiah (AS)(Incidentally a very large majority of Pakistanis do not believe in Hinduism either, and yet the Govt. of Pakistan treats them better than the way they treat Ahmadis). However looking purely from the constitutional point of view, Ahmadis are an officially declared religious minority and as such their religious sentiments must be respected and their rights must be protected by the same blasphemy law which is used so actively to apprehend others. And here we are where the Pakistan state documentation itself is committing blatant blasphemy by containing insulting words against the Holy founder of Jamaat Ahmadiyya, a constitutionally declared religious minority.

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