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Cleric offers reward to kill Christian woman

2010-12-04 12:03

Islamabad - A Pakistani Muslim cleric has offered a reward for killing a Christian woman sentenced to death for uttering derogatory remarks about the Prophet Muhammad, media reports said on Saturday.

Maulana Yousuf Qureshi, the prayer leader in Mohabat Khan mosque in Peshawar, the capital of militancy-plagued north-western Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, made the announcement during a protest rally on Friday.

"I will give 500 000 rupees ($5 890) to anyone who kills Asia Bibi," Qureshi was quoted as saying by the Daily Times. He also called on the Taliban to assassinate the woman since it was "a service to the religion".

Bibi was convicted last month by a court in Nankana Sahab, a district in the central province of Punjab, about 17 months after police arrested her on charges of blasphemy.

She pleaded not guilty, saying that she was wrongly accused after a brief scuffle with a group of Muslim women over a water bowl. The court sentenced her to hang.

Bibi's case has attracted international attention following a personal appeal from Pope Benedict XVI for her freedom. The Pakistani government is considering the possibility of pardoning Bibi, the first woman sentenced to death for blasphemy in the country.

But a court last week put the potential pardon on ice until December 6, when the court will hold the next hearing of a case filed against the government.

Islamist groups are also putting pressure on the government to keep Bibi in prison, and refrain from introducing any amendments to the controversial blasphemy laws.

Protest rallies were held in several cities and prayer leaders warned the government and anyone who supported people uttering blasphemous remarks about the Prophet Muhammad.

Pakistan has not yet executed anyone for blasphemy, but dozens are imprisoned on blasphemy charges, which many rights activists and lawyers said are used to settle personal disputes.

Comments
  • JCK - 2010-12-04 12:28

    So typical of nations, communities and individuals totally f@cktup by religion. Religion (all of them) made society sick and dysfunctional. For thousands of years, mankind has been enslaved and bamboozled by a delusion. For MILLIONS of people, religion dictates what and how you eat, drink, think, vote, dress. Even your hair style, whether or not a female may drive a car or study, whether to make war or terrorize others, etc. Even dictating our sexual behaviour and with which hand you should wipe your @rse! Religion also consumes or sucks vast amounts of resources, is debilitating for mankind and often destructive. A true parasite of society. Think about it, without religion, the Twin Towers would still be standing.

      rene.risch - 2010-12-04 12:45

      Without Religion there would not have been a Twin Towers, in fact there would not be society as we know it, but general lawlessness. There is however a religion that has none of these laws, that is freedom in the true sense. Jesus Christ frees us to live just lives. There are no rules about eating this or that, just freedom to act responsibly and fairly and with respect toward others. Real Christianity is above any law, but has the common sense to accept societal laws so that we can co-exist. The Ten commandments are not laws but an expression of God's love for us. There is no law that we can keep to make us acceptable to God or whatever higher being you believe in. He sent his son to die for us so that we can become acceptable. He made us acceptable, and keeping laws and not blaspheming and being fair and just and not corrupt and murderous is all an answer to this unconditional love he has for us. Be guided by love and not laws, and then one is easier able to keep the laws.

      Proffie - 2010-12-04 13:06

      @rene. What a lot of crap. This world would be a much better place if religion was banned form al countries. Since the dawn of time religion has brought nothing but war and more war. I'm a spiritualist, but I abhor religion with a passion. It has np place in modern society, and as JCK said, the Twin Towers would still be standing as would many more historical sites world wide.

      John Clarke - 2010-12-04 13:41

      @Proffie You seriously have no idea what you are talking about mate. Rome vs Guals = no religion involved. Rome vs Egipt = once more no religion. North Korea vs South Korea = no religion involved. Think you need to step back from your podium, and look at the bigger picture. If you want to accuse religion as the fault, and it gets abolished, what will you next turn to and blame for wars and prejudice between people? People kill people, thats how it is. Stop blaming external sources, and take ownage and responsibility. By saying what someone believes in is crap, you have no respect for others or yourself. As a Christian though, I still forgive you for your shortsightedness, as that is what we are taught in the Bible: existing together, no matter our differences, and accepting each other for who we are. Strange how Christianity is not fighting some war somewhere, but yet we get made out as the bad ones the whole time hey?

      Kyle_logan - 2010-12-04 14:04

      @John Clarke - every read a stupid book called the bible? tell me moses did he and his followers not kill their way to the promised land, slaughtering town after town... and his only punishment was for hitting his stick instead of tapping it.... according to the bible people killed not in gods name but by god command!

      KuluZulu - 2010-12-04 16:04

      @John Clark - What an utterly uneducated comment: "Rome vs Guals = no religion involved. Rome vs Egipt(sic) = once more no religion. North Korea vs South Korea = no religion involved." Every one of these had religion involved. Furthermore, what the bible says is open for interpretation. The bible itself is not a "religion" it is when it gets interpreted by happy-clappers, catholics, freaks etc. that religion appears...and then the hordes of blind, bamboozled, fanatics follow. In a modern world we should ban ALL religion now!

      Ateis - 2011-01-03 14:35

      Haha! @rene Freedom in the true sense? Believe in the jewish magician zombie or burn in hell? Laughable!! @John Clarke No - you don't have an idea what you are talking about. Ever read that piece of crud called the bible? Maybe you should - quickest way to become an atheist.

      Jean - 2011-09-16 08:08

      you wane c Blasphemy F The Prophet of Death And All his people go have jihad some place else ok ore try here in sa you will c what happens then. and Jck your a parasite of society and no im not filled with religious vigor and fevor meaning im not a Jesus freak but i have seen the power of prayer in person and it works and god is there.

  • pointblankza - 2010-12-04 13:13

    Killed for blasphemy, in 2010? Freaks..

  • rudi.engelbrecht - 2010-12-04 13:22

    How worthy is a deity of praise, if it's existence cannot stand up to scrutiny, criticism or rejection? Is it's power lessened, or the reason for its veneration diminished? Does it's power base rely on the capitulation of the unwilling or their extermination? Because this would make for a severely insecure manipulative being, narcissistic in the extreme, unworthy of the praises of its acolytes. The God I serve is none of the above, who doesn't need my defense, but comes to mine. Who despite my disbelief, believes in me. Whom before I bowed my knee to, laid his life down for me. Who does not call me to war against man, but to the war within man. Who turns fear, anger, hate & bitterness into love that is not deserved, owed or earned. In my mind, this is the greatest miracle ever. In my heart, this is a God worth serving.

      Anne - 2010-12-04 18:23

      Amen!

      Ateis - 2011-01-03 15:18

      Rudi, so the god you serve can stand up to scrutiny? What proof do you have of your god's existence?

  • JudithNkwe - 2010-12-04 13:43

    Yet more manipulation on a grand patriarchal scale - religion is the destroyer of the masses not just the opium. The deceit of religion and its use to manipulate is long due for total rejection. We require good morals and ethics, we do not need superstition

  • hamcando - 2010-12-04 13:51

    where are all the muslim news 24 readers? I would like to know their opinion on this article?

      Somerset - 2010-12-04 14:05

      They do not have an opinion, as they are captive to a lie..

      JCK - 2010-12-04 14:24

      The Muslem view? How ironic. Islam is based on the life and teachings of a child molester. In his 50s, Mohammed the impeccable role model for mankind, snatched a 6-year old girl (yes, go and Google the child bride Aisha). He married her and at the age of 9 he started raping her. Readers, I ASK YOU: What more must a human being do to be called a despicable paedophile? Do not become defensive, do not feel insulted. Grow up and try to objectively answer this simple question. The mindset of theists are bizarre. When a lot of people believe in the existence of a unproven, unseen en unobservable entity, we call it religion; When only a select few believe; we call it superstition cult or culture; When very few or an individual believe it, we call it a delusion, madness or a person posessed by an evil spirit.

  • Kyle_logan - 2010-12-04 14:05

    And the idiot doesnt even have the guts to do it himself, he wants to pay some one... what a truly pathetic idiot following a patheic religion made up by some stupid twit!

  • Murph - 2010-12-04 14:40

    Why on earth do civilized countries still have any dealings with Pakistan, or any other of these ridiculously patriarchal societies, and fundamentalist states? We shouldn't go there, have sporting contacts, business dealings or anything else.. Oh I forgot, if it makes enough money you can move your moral lines? For the record I am an atheist and have more morality in my little finger than this idiot. But I can see the Christians jumping on the bandwagon, so equally for the record the Bible is filled with violence, retribution, genocide, rape, murder and more all supposedly at the command of God so you don't hold any moral high ground either. Morality is a human trait not the preserve of the religious and is all too often actually destroyed by religious zealots of all persuasions. To all of those with their religious beliefs, why do you always suggest that I should respect you? Would you respect me if I said that I believed in Father Christmas and the Easter Bunny? Or more so that you should be hanged for suggesting the tooth fairy doesn't exist?

      KuluZulu - 2010-12-04 17:03

      Pakistan? - the 1st "Islamic" country created around 1948. What have they achieved since then to impress? They are just a hell-hole of abject poverty and hatred. What a dismal failure. Out of envy and jealousy of other lands, they export their hatred and they blame everyone but themselves. Many that have left their homeland are nothing but criminals in their new countries, eagerly avoiding contributions like taxes and avidly consuming the resources - breaking down civil structures with their deceptive and cowardly characteristics. I have NEVER met a Pakistani (even 2nd generation) that proved to be trustworthy. Our black South African who are so preoccupied with transformation and reparations (get rid of whitey) are steadily getting robbed by Muslims and especially Pakistanis. In the majority of cases where the white-man was moved aside, the space has been taken by Asians not blacks! Who owns and controls the media? Who owns the businesses? Who drives the big German cars? Who are the doctors and the lawyers? Most of all, for a group of less than 6% of the population, they make up more than 20% of our politicians! Beware my black brothers - Islam is a more cruel yoke than apartheid ever was - and it is making its inroads right under our noses.

  • Vivian - 2011-01-03 13:54

    How on earth do u say your defending your religion if so as much goes against the will og God because relly to my understanding no one has the right to kill the other and yes as well not a chid of God i therefor believe that istead of defending their religion these peple are more to say in the most opinion acting like they are really what one would think trying to promote the thougt of ANTI-CHRIST

      Ateis - 2011-01-03 14:36

      The "thougt" (sic) of the anti-christ? What are you talking about? Paranoid dribble.

  • Ateis - 2011-01-03 14:31

    Religion... again causing all the problems. None more than the abrahamaic religions.

  • catherine.l.vanzyl - 2012-09-01 14:26

    FOR THOSE OF YOU NOT FAMILIAR WITH THE STORY OF ABRAHAM, HE IS THE GREAT FATHER OF FAITH IN THE OLD TESTAMENT, GOD GAVE ABRAHAM A PROMISE THAT HE WOULD BE THE FATHER OF MANY NATIONS BUT HE AND HIS WIFE SARAH WERE UNABLE TO HAVE CHILDREN, GENESIS 16, SARAH GETS TIED OF WAITING FOR THE PROMISE AND CONVINCES ABRAHAM TO SLEEP WITH HER MAIDSERVANT HAGAR, IN ORDER TO CONCIEVE AND A SON NAMED ISMAEL WAS BORN, THIS CHILD WAS UNRULY AND REBLELLIOUS AND THROUGH HIS LINEAGE CAME THE ENTIRE MUSLIM NATION,ONE MAJOR DECISION CAUSED BY A LACK OF PATIENCE AND CENTURIES LATER WE ARE STILL BEING AFFECTED BY IT IN A VERY NEGATIVE WAY, SARAH DID CONCIEVE THE SON OF PROMISE NAMED ISAAC, AND THROUGH HIS LINEAGE CAME JESUS CHRIST!

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