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Nawa-e-Waqt? Still Disgusting

December 5, 2010

Nawa-e-Waqt published this editorial today (thanks to @shahidsaeed and @beenasarwar for pointing it out), essentially siding with an Imam in Peshawar that placed a Rs. 500,000 bounty on the murder of blasphemy accused Aasia Bibi. I don’t think any snark is necessary to realize how patently disgusting this whole thing is.

A translation of the editorial (of which the original you can find here) follows:

Imam of Masjid Mahabbat Khan Peshawar, Maulana Yousuf Qureshi, places a Rs, 500,000 bounty on the murder of Aasia Bibi

Should the Imam of Masjid Mahabbat Khan Peshawar position himself as the leader against the repeal of the blasphemy laws in Pakistan, the entire nation would undoubtedly support him. In his role as Imam of his mosque he has offered a bounty of five hundred thousand rupees and additional rewards to anyone who murders Aasia Bibi. Juxtapose this to the actual leadership of Pakistan which has pressed the mute button on this issue and is sitting silently.

Be that as it may, the initiative taken by the Imam cannot be stopped. In fact, devotees of the Prophet Mustafa will descend into the field as an army, and will complete the work that the government has been unable to after the verdict against Aasia Bibi. The punishment handed down to Aasia Bibi will be carried out in one manner or the other, and who knows whose position and rank will be terminated as a result of the debate on the repeal of the blasphemy laws.

The Wikileaks reveals and Aasia Bibi’s blaspheming against the Prophet are an opportunity to bring about a revolution in Pakistan. The populace should take advantage of this situation as there are now two causes for revolution. Had the Nizam-e-Mustafa (loosely Shariah Law or ‘System of the Prophet’) been in place, we would not have to hear talk of amendment or repealing of the blasphemy laws.

Perhaps the mission which was begun in Masjid-e-Nabvi will come to its conclusion at Masjid Mahabbat Khan.

14 Comments leave one →
  1. December 5, 2010 7:36 am


  2. December 5, 2010 10:17 am

    Just goes to show the paradox of Pakistani press! While the English-language press catering to middle and upper classes tends to be more reasonable and open about the problems facing Pakistan, the more widespread Urdu-language press brings out the worst of Pakistani journalism and bigotry!

  3. December 5, 2010 11:41 am

    It’s despicable what Islam has been reduced to.

    A religion of peace, forgiveness and tolerance, as epitomized by the lives of the Prophet (pbuh) and the great Sufi saints, has mutated into a barbaric creature that cries out for blood.

  4. Ugly Shoelace permalink
    December 5, 2010 1:11 pm


  5. jaferii permalink
    December 5, 2010 1:31 pm

    calling a train of propaganda disgusting, or lashing out against it by way of ranting, is validated in this case, but has not been able to solve it.

    the solution lies in nudging the pendulum of thought in this state, stuck since Zia on a hinge at the wrong end, towards the right a bit more before letting it swing freely towards where ever it belongs.

    what i am trying to get at is that if you want to beat the blasphemy law, join the islamic debate rather than chastise it as something that does not represent religion at all. It is not religion. it is despicable. but to defeat it in the masses, poisoned by many an iron clad mulla before this one, you cannot argue outside the current islamic box.

    do not call for a repeal of the law, that yields no results. many have tried and failed, or just been killed for calling for it. call for reform. that will lead to a fair law, and fair laws cannot be hijacked in the name of propaganda, and will hence render it irrelevant. then get rid of it.

    by reform, i mean if there has to be a blasphemy law, let it apply to all religions. you cannot blaspheme against any God or any prophet for fear of death as state retribution. or maybe call for an end to the death sentence, citing that if blasphemy is proven, it leads to years in prison rather than death. take the teeth out of the law.

    argue that the quran has no mention of blasphemy punishments. argue that the prophet never punished blasphemers. argue that this law is human construct, politically motivated just as Bhutto’s constitution against the Ahmadis.

    Aasia stands to become the first convict of this law to actually be killed by the state. every one accused before her has died at the hands of a mob. take the cover of legality away from the mob, if you cannot take the hatred itself out of them.

    argue that this law is nonsensical, for anyone who follows a religion other than Islam automatically blasphemes according to it; for they do not adhere to your Prophet, indirectly denying him his legally protected respect.

    argue from within. fight it from within.

    do what these lunatics did to get control of this state in the first place.

    they came from within.

  6. Mohsin permalink
    December 5, 2010 5:02 pm

    I always thought that the Sar-e-Rahay column in Nawa-e-Waqt was meant to be taken facetiously, that it was a tongue-in-cheek sort of thing, no? I’ve only scanned the original briefly, but I remember from many many years ago (while preparing for Urdu exams) that this particular section tended to be more satire than actual opinion/editorial.

  7. Mohsin permalink
    December 5, 2010 6:37 pm

    To clarify–I haven’t actually had the chance to read the Urdu version in any detail, I just passed over it briefly, but I thought it was more “let us mock the government for being unable to stop civic vigilantism” than “dude, go out and kill the woman”. Could totally be wrong, I freely admit–I’m just wondering how many people actually read the Urdu vs. passing along the message. I don’t know what the politics of the N-e-W are, so I can’t comment on how accurate this is…I’m curious if it’s actually meant to be satire/commentary or a serious piece.

    • December 5, 2010 9:49 pm

      Knowing Nawa-e-Waqt I highly doubt that they’d be talking about the implementation of ‘Nizam-e-Mustafa’ and the overthrow of the current government satirically. It’s a very, very right-wing paper.

    • Shahid permalink
      December 5, 2010 9:57 pm

      The editorial is on the right of this section. This is always published without any author’s name but is no way satirical. I’ve always believed that sar-rahay is a section where small editorials can be fitted in and people can be abused from.

  8. Farooq permalink
    December 6, 2010 12:05 am

    it is not an editorial piece, it is a satirical column, but having said that Nawa-i-waqt is a right wing paper which always cashes in on popular right wing sentiments. in the past the column has some literary worth and it was penned by well known writers but with time it has degenerated into a mere right wind propaganda tool.

  9. Sufaid Kawa permalink
    February 11, 2011 2:44 am

    Majeed nizami is a very fanatical, right wing facist. What you expect from an idiot.

  10. Sufaid Kawa permalink
    February 11, 2011 4:40 am

    Stranger even that law minister in pak who has a fake Ph.D degree says that there is a Blasphemy law in USA, Australia, many european contries, Turkey etc so whats wrong of having it in pak. This is plain wrong. There is no Blasphemy law in civilized countries. Stop misleading people.


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