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    TLP threatens to paralyse country if Aasia Bibi is acquitted

    The Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) has warned of paralysing the country within hours if the Supreme Court sets Aasia Bibi, a Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy, free. The TLP directed its local leaders across the country on Friday to start holding sit-ins within hours without waiting for a decision by the central leadership, if she is freed.

    “Judges’ remarks have sown doubt among the party leaders and fears that she would be released soon,” Pir Afzal Qadri, patron-in-chief of the TLP, said while addressing a rally taken out to protest the possible acquittal of Aasia Bibi.

    Reading out a four-point resolution approved by the party leadership, he said the possible acquittal would be deemed an attack on Islam, the Constitution and blasphemy law. Responsibility for the subsequent law and order situation would rest with the judges, the government and all institutions supposed to protect the Constitution, he warned.

    “The central leadership has already decided about a countrywide protest and local leaders should not wait for any message from the central leadership and start their sit-ins immediately,” Mr Qadri said, adding that these “nationwide sit-ins should continue till all those responsible for [Aasia Bibi’s] release are punished, even if the central leadership is incarcerated or killed”.

    A number of TLP workers gathered on The Mall in Lahore and other major cities in the country, including Karachi, Multan and Gujranwala, to “pre-empt the acquittal”. Police, unlike previous rallies, did not block Charing Cross till the last moment and even when the rally arrived at the venue, the road was blocked by the party workers who dragged barriers put up to block access to the Punjab Assembly building and encircled the crossing.

    Addressing the rally later, firebrand TLP chief Khadim Hussain Rizvi not only seconded the decisions announced by Mr Qadri but also took on the judiciary, inviting the judges to a debate on the blasphemy law and its violations on television.

    He concluded his speech by asking the workers to be ready for nationwide sit-ins. “Stay ready and wait for Tuesday when another important announcement would be made,” he said.

    In Karachi, the TLP held a big rally warning the government against showing any flexibility in cases pertaining to blasphemy. The participants of the rally demanded the execution of Aasia Bibi and action against those pursuing a campaign in her favour.

    Hundreds of participants marched from Hasan Square to Numaish intersection where leaders of the party addressed the rally. Traffic on main University Road and then on M.A. Jinnah Road remained badly affected.

    The TLP leaders asked Prime Minister Imran Khan to come up with a clear policy on blasphemy laws and satisfy the people who had voted him to rule under the Constitution.

    The charged participants of the rally on motorbikes, buses, cars and pickups chanted slogans vowing to protect the blasphemy law.

    A TLP statement said the rally was part of its countrywide movement against the “possible acquittal of blasphemy convict Aasia Bibi”.

    “There is a growing campaign for the release of Aasia Bibi and the recent steps coupled with statements from the people of the ruling party suggest that the government is considering a kind of relief for Aasia Bibi,” said Allama Razi Hussaini while addressing the rally

    https://www.dawn.com/news/1438699/tl...i-is-acquitted

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    What a disgusting law
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    They clearly don't believe in due process.


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    In jaahil logo ko koi aur kaam, dhanda nahi hai kya. Anyway, can only see them growing in strength with every threat to "paralyze the country" and succeeding them into either deciding in their favour or overturning decisions which were against their views like the Atif Mian saga. Kuch nahi karna is gormint nai and kuch nahi hoga is qaum ka.

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    Pakistan has been appeasing these groups for a while now.

    Its gotten to a situation where they are too powerful to control politically.

    Although these groups dont have mass political support, they do have a small population support full of fanatic people that are loud and are not afraid of getting violent.

    PMLN, PPP, and even PTI would brown their pants if these types of groups start protesting.

    PTI dharnas against PMLN although much larger in number, are less scary than these groups even though they are much smaller in number.
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    Pakistan cannot survive with all this hate filling it like a giant balloon. Our leaders better open up their eyes instead of appeasing them and their agenda. When our priorities are sorted out the real journey of change will begin. Right now we’re putting all the dust under the carpet and it’s looking ugly.

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    These people have no power to do anything, the courts will decide and they will move on to something else.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KingKhanWC View Post
    These people have no power to do anything, the courts will decide and they will move on to something else.
    our courts are also filled with Pakistani's sadly there is no justice possible as defenders/public defenders are killed or threatened same with the judges. While some judges garland murderers like Mumtaz Qadri. So saying courts will decide is just burying your head in the sand.
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    These type of groups can only be kept in check by a properly functioning police department. Guidelines should be passed on the content of Khutbahs and public sermons. Every imam masjid needs to be under constant observation, every religious sermon has to be monitored. Anyone not abiding the law should accordingly be punished. Meanwhile, government should propagate softer/real Islam through all forms of media and by even hiring some khush guftar molvies to negate extremist ideologies.

    A strong police department can solve many of our problems and Imran Khan should take radical actions to implement police reforms instead of being soft on corrupt police officials and bureaucrats. Laatoun k bhoot batoun se nae mante.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Couch Cricketer View Post
    our courts are also filled with Pakistani's sadly there is no justice possible as defenders/public defenders are killed or threatened same with the judges. While some judges garland murderers like Mumtaz Qadri. So saying courts will decide is just burying your head in the sand.
    Are you saying there have been threats against the defence lawyers and judges in this case? I haven't followed the case closely.


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    Quote Originally Posted by KingKhanWC View Post
    Are you saying there have been threats against the defence lawyers and judges in this case? I haven't followed the case closely.
    For a while.


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