Source: Associated Press
ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Pakistani minister says the detained Islamic clerics who disrupted daily life with rallies across Pakistan following the acquittal of a Christian woman in a blasphemy case will face treason and terrorism charges.
Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said on Saturday that Tehreek-e-Labbaik party chief Khadim Hussain Rizvi and two other leaders have been booked under treason and terrorism charges.
They were initially arrested under pre-emptive laws last week.
Chaudhry said police arrested Rizvi’s and more than 3000 of his supporters who held violent rallies following the Oct. 31 acquittal of Asia Bibi by the Supreme Court.
Categories: Asia, Blasphemy, Free Speech, Freedom, Interfaith tolerance, Pakistan, The Muslim Times
Such unsavoury and dangerous characters should be severely dealt with. We have them in Europe too, and it’s adding to the hostility directed at Muslims arriving here.
General Ayub Khan put Maulana Maududi into the jail and Pakistan was calm for ten years, after the 1953 riots. OK, Ayub Khan also made a ‘U-turn’, first sentencing Maududi to death and then later on releasing him, but still, he did send a clear message. Let’s hope Imran Khan will now send a clear message too – and no too quick u-turns.