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Civil society joins clerics on Davis issue

Civil society joins clerics on Davis issue

ISLAMABAD – After a strong protest by the religious parties over the issue of American national Raymond Davis, who shot dead two people in Lahore last month, the civil society has also come up with the same demand that he should not be handed over to the United States and treated according to the law of the country.
The civil society members on Wednesday staged a demonstration in front of Parliament House Islamabad, which was attended by a large number of people, including

Pakistan backs Veena in row with clerics

TORONTO – Miss Pakistan Annie Rupani came out in support of Pakistani actress Veena Malik who is under fire from the Muslim clergy for getting too close with Indian actor Ashmit Patel during her participation in “Bigg Boss 4” in India.
Slamming Mufti Abdul Qawi who said in a TV interview Friday that the actor has ‘insulted Pakistan and Islam’ by her behaviour, the Houston-based Miss Pakistan said the mullahs have no right to pass judgment on Veena Malik. “I fully support Veena

Salmaan Taseer’s condolence reference – Liberals surmount threats by clerics

KARACHI – A large number of people from all walks of life including trade unionists, politicians, journalists, nationalists and doctors attended a condolence reference in remembrance of late Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer at the Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) House on Tuesday.
The reference was arranged by Citizens for Democracy – a joint network of several non-governmental organisations, professional bodies, independent journalists, trade unions, rights organisations, civil

PM reassures clerics government won’t amend blasphemy laws

ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani on Tuesday said his government would not allow anyone to misuse the blasphemy law. “We are neither in favour to amend the blasphemy laws nor we will allow anyone to misuse it,” the prime minister said while addressing the Ulema and Mashaikh Conference 2011 held here.
It was the first official conference since the assassination of Salman Taseer, who was killed by one of his official guards, for his views on the blasphemy law.

Clerics to ‘show strength’ for blasphemy laws

LAHORE – The clerics will stage a ‘show of strength’ in support of the blasphemy laws in the city on January 30, while Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) will host an All Parties Conference on January 29 at the Mansoora, JI Chief Syed Munawar Hasan said on Saturday, while addressing the opening session of the JI Shoora meeting.
Munawar said it was tragic that many people were falling victims to the target killings in Karachi, where the government’s writ was no where to be seen, while instead

‘We will not allow action against clerics’

LAHORE – Shabab-e-Islami will resist any government action against Mufti Hanif Qureshi and the people favoring the late governor should keep in mind his beliefs as well, said Shabab-i-Islami’s leaders while speaking to demonstrators outside Lahore Press Club on Wednesday. Liaqat Attari, Hafiz Abdul Qadir Hazarvi, Allama Mujahid and Qari Mukhtar termed Pope Benedict’s statement as an effort to sow the seeds of hatred and a clash among civilizations. These leaders said that efforts to

Clerics respond to Taseer’s murder – Govt warned to deal with blasphemy issue ‘sensibly’

LAHORE – Varied reaction has come from religious parties who were critical of Governor Punjab Salmaan Taseer for his stance on blasphemy laws. Spokesmen for Sunni Ittehad Council and Tahafz-e-Namoos-e-Risalat Mahaz Nawaz Kharal and Zia ul Haq Naqshbandi spoke to Pakistan Today on the phone but they hesitated from commenting on the governor’s assassination, however a press release by TNRM citing its convener Sahibzada Abul Khair Zubair, said that Salmaan Taseer deserved what he got in

Government must prove it is not amending blasphemy laws: clerics

KARACHI – Clerics on Saturday declared that they did not trust statements by the government’s ministers, demanding that the government take concrete steps to assure the people that it did not intend to amend blasphemy laws.
In a joint statement issued by Binoria University International after a meeting of religious scholars and teachers presided by Mufti Naeem, they said the countrywide strike on Friday had proven that the people stood united to protect sanctity of Prophet

Clerics threaten anarchy if blasphemy law changed

LAHORE/ISLAMABAD: Thousands rallied in major cities of the country on Friday threatening further protests and anarchy if the government moved to amend a controversial blasphemy law.
Demonstrators marched in Lahore, Karachi, Islamabad and Multan, after influential religious parties called for protests to defend the law.
A crowd of nearly 1,500 people gathered in Lahore, calling for ‘Jihad’ and pledging to sacrifice their lives to protect the honour of holy Prophet Mohammad

Clerics want govt to leave Aasia matter to the courts

LAHORE: Milli Majlis-e- Shariah forum of clerics from different sects, has warned the government that they would strongly resist any move to procedurally change the Blasphemy Law. Leaders of Milli Majlis ask the government to leave the Aasia Bibi issue on courts instead of poking its nose in judicial matters.
They said that the governor of Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer has committed contempt of court and blasphemy also by visiting Aasia bibi in jail. In a joint press

41 clerics barred from KP during Muharram

PESHAWAR: Forty-one clerics have been banned entry to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) during the upcoming month of Muharram-ul-Haram to prevent any untoward incident, Pakistan Today has learnt.
According to details, a security plan will be developed by the KP government to provide maximum security to people. “The clerics have been banned to maintain peace in the province,” a government official asking not be named told Pakistan Today.
Those banned include Said Raza Hussian, Said

Committee for reviewing blasphemy law – Clerics refuse to work under Bhatti’s chairmanship

ISLAMABAD: The Ministry for Minorities Affairs has initiated work on the formation of a broad-based special committee to review the blasphemy law, however, Pakistan Today learnt on Saturday that the body was likely to fail in accomplishing the task.
The committee, which is being formed on the directions of President Asif Ali Zardari, is likely to fail in making any breakthrough as, according to a source in the ministry, some of the prominent religious leaders have refused to work

Clerics declare Taseer worthy of death, oppose repeal of 295-C

LAHORE: Tahaffuz-e-Namoos-e-Risalat Mahaz (TNRM) staged a protest to condemn an amendment in section 295 C of the Pakistan Penal Code, claiming it is for the protection of the Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) honour on Wednesday.
A number of people participated in the protest. Participants upheld banners and placards and raised slogans against the government, especially targeting the Governor Punjab Salmaan Taseer, who had visited Aasia Bibi, sentenced to death for alleged blasphemy, in

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