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Pakistan: The Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) declares violence over blasphemy allegations against principles of Islam

Tuesday 29 March 2022, by siawi3

Source: https://www.dawn.com/news/1682417/woman-slaughtered-in-di-khan-over-alleged-blasphemy-3-seminary-teachers-arrested

Woman slaughtered in DI Khan over alleged blasphemy, 3 seminary teachers arrested

Sirajuddin

Published March 29, 2022 - Updated about 2 hours ago

Three female teachers of a seminary in Dera Ismail Khan were arrested on Tuesday for allegedly killing a former colleague after accusing her of blasphemy, according to District Police Officer (DPO) Najamul Hasnain.

The DPO told Dawn.com the murder occurred early in the morning outside the Jamia Islamia Falahul Binaat. According to the first information report (FIR), a copy of which is available with Dawn.com, when police reached the site of the crime, they found the victim lying in a pool of blood with her throat slashed.

Sharp objects were used in the attack on the victim, the FIR added.

DPO Hasnain said the suspects — aged 17, 21 and 24 respectively — killed the 21-year-old victim over “difference of opinion on religious issues” and allegations of blasphemy.

He said the victim was a follower of well-known religious scholar Maulana Tariq Jameel, which was not liked by the suspects.

The DPO quoted the suspects as saying that a 13-year-old female relative of theirs “saw a dream last night” in which she found out about the alleged blasphemy committed by the victim and was subsequently “ordered to slaughter her”.

A register containing details of the dream has been recovered during the initial investigation, the DPO said, adding that the trio of suspects, along with their relative, have been arrested.

The women belong to the Mehsud tribe and hail from South Waziristan tribal district, he said, adding that their current residence was in DI Khan’s Anjumabad area.

Following the incident, Wafaqul Madaris al Arabia Pakistan, which is a board of seminaries, condemned the murder, terming it “unfortunate”.

In a statement, the board demanded an independent and fair investigation into the incident and called for arresting and punishing the culprits.

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Source: https://www.dawn.com/news/1675128/police-rescue-blasphemy-suspect-from-lynch-mob-in-muzaffargarh

Police rescue blasphemy suspect from lynch mob in Muzaffargarh

The Newspaper’s Correspondent

Published February 15, 2022

MUZAFFARGARH: Police with the help of area notables foiled on Monday a lynching attempt and rescued a man from a mob over alleged blasphemy and shifted him to some undisclosed location.

According to complainant, after Isha prayers he saw a man was burning pages of the the Holy Quran in front of a mosque in Alipur tehsil near Jagmal area. He said he locked the suspect in a room and called police 15.

Soon a mob gathered there but a heavy contingent of police reached the spot, broke the lock and took the suspect into custody.

District Police Officer Mohammad Tariq Wilayat took notice of the incident and ordered shifting of the suspect to some safe place.

Alipur Saddar police have registered a case against the suspect under section 295B of PPC and sealed the first information report.

Dawn has learnt that a group of 25 to 30 people came to the police station and found no one there.

SHO Ghulam Mujtaba said the suspect seemed to be mentally deranged; however, “we are waiting for a medical report.”

Published in Dawn, February 15th, 2022

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Source: https://www.dawn.com/news/1674960/police-avert-another-possible-lynching-in-faisalabad

Police avert another possible lynching in Faisalabad

Asif Chaudhry

Published February 14, 2022

LAHORE: A violent mob attacked and injured a man for allegedly burning the pages of Holy Quran in Faisalabad’s Tandlianwala area on Sunday. However, the Punjab police rescued the accused person and shi­fted him to an undisclosed location.

The province has seen two deaths related to mob lynching in the past two months.

On Sunday, a mob carrying clubs, bricks and other hard objects surrounded the house of the accused and attacked him.

Already alerted, the police rescued the man and shifted him to an undisclosed location, the inspector general of Punjab police (IGP) told Dawn. The police have also transported other family me­m­bers of the man to anot­her area for safety reasons.

Police officers in the district were trying to engage religious leaders of all sects to ensure peace in the area, the IGP said.

“We received an emergency call at 15 at about 5.30pm on Sunday that a Shia scholar had defiled the Holy Quran,” Faisalabad SSP Operations Mubashar Maikan told Dawn.

He said the police patrolling team responded instantly and rescued him. “The person seems to be abnormal,” he said, adding that he was evacuated from that place and shifted to a safe location.

It was the third mob attack incident related to alleged blasphemy that took place in Punjab in nine weeks. On Dec 3, a mob killed a Sri Lankan citizen and burnt his body.

The second lynching took place in Mian Channu just a day ago (on Saturday).

Published in Dawn, February 14th, 2022

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Source: https://www.dawn.com/news/1676647/cii-declares-violence-over-blasphemy-allegations-against-principles-of-islam

CII declares violence over blasphemy allegations against principles of Islam

Javed Hussain

Published February 23, 2022

The Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) has declared violence against a person on allegations of blasphemy contrary to Shariah and Islamic principles, according to a statement issued by the forum, which has also suggested the constitution of a national commission that would make recommendations for preventing such incidents.

The statement was issued after a CII meeting presided over by the body’s chairperson, Dr Qibla Ayaz.

It said the participants of today’s meeting revisited the discussion of a CII meeting on December 20, 2021, which was called over the Sialkot lynching incident in which Sri Lankan factory manager Priyantha Kumara was tortured to death and his body set on fire by a mob over allegations of blasphemy.

The need for improving the judicial system to prevent the recurrence of Sialkot-like incidents was stressed in the December 20 meeting.

In today’s meeting, CII members “again declared that subjecting any person to violence on allegations of dishonouring religion, desecration of the Holy Quran and Namoos-i-Risalat was against Shariah, inhumane and contrary to Islamic principles”, the statement said.

Council members called for taking to task the elements involved in the Sialkot lynching at the earliest so that “the nation’s confidence in the law and judicial system is restored”. In this regard, they further pointed out that the “bigger issue is that of implementation of the law and uncertainty about [the suspects] being punished”.

The participants also expressed concerns over similar incidents in the recent past, particularly referring to the Khanewal lynching as well as violence in Swabi and Kahror Pacca.

“This meeting once again staunchly condemns such incidents and expresses deep sorrow over them. Such brutal torture by a violent mob is neither logical nor in line with the injunctions of the religion,” the statement read.

It added that CII members suggested that ahadith and verses of the Holy Quran pertaining to humanity and the protection of lives and properties be displayed with translation in mosques, imambargahs, monasteries and educational institutions.

They further recommended that timings be fixed for discussion on such verses and ahadith on media platforms, especially television programmes.

“This special meeting suggests to the government that a national commission be formed, with psychologists and experts of sociology, law and religion as its members, that will make short-term and long-term recommendations for the prevention of such incidents (that involve violence over blasphemy allegations) so as to end them,” the statement said. “This commission will also make recommendations for improving the nation’s behaviour.”

The CII further called for measures to restore the traditional family system, that it said was on a decline due to various national and international factors.

The council also appreciated the inclusion of Paigham-i-Pakistan — a fatwa against terrorism — in parliament’s agenda and said the provincial assemblies should follow suit.

After the meeting, Dr Ayaz addressed a press conference, where he reiterated the CII’s suggestions and views shared by it members.

He said that delays in the punishments of actual culprits guilty of disrespecting the Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) was giving rise to incidents that took place in Sialkot and Khanewal, and subjecting any person to violence over blasphemy allegations was against Shariah.

Dr Ayaz again stressed that culprits of the Sialkot incident be punished at the earliest.