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Pakistan Businessman accused of blasphemy after refusing to join anti-Islam film protest
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HYDERABAD: A businessman accused of blasphemy has gone underground and wants the religious leaders to hear his viewpoint.

Haji Nasrullah, who owns a market at Hala Naka area off National Highway and is the chairman of a local shopkeepers association, originally hails from Mohmand Agency.

According to Munir Abbasi, a police officer at the Hatri police station, Nasrullah was booked for blasphemy offence under sections 295-B and C on the complaint of Kachkol Khan.

Blasphemy is punishable by life in prison or death under Pakistani laws. Human rights groups and civil society organisations often call for repealing it on the ground that it is badly misused, particularly against religious minorities for settling personal scores.

Abbasi explains that the trouble began on Sunday night when the city observed a strike against an anti-Islam film.

“Some protesters wanted shops at the Hala Naka area closed in protest against the anti-Islam movie to which Nasrullah objected,” he said.

According to Azam Jehangiri, some shopkeepers including the president of the association Najeeb Ahmed reported the matter to a mufti in a nearby mosque. “Ahmed alleged that Nasrullah used some very objectionable remarks against the Holy Prophet,” said Jehangiri, who is associated with Maulana Fazal Rehman’s Jamiat-i-Islam.

“Mufti Ashfaq asked whether he has witnesses to substantiate his claim. Ahmed accordingly produced those witnesses,” Jehangiri recalled.

Subsequently, Abbasi says, after a brief gathering in the area mosque, scores of outraged religious parties activists and seminary students tried to attack Nasrullah’s house, leading to a clash.

As a result of firing, three persons namely Abdul Baseer and Mohammad Afzal (who were among protesters) and Qamaruzzaman brother of Haji Nasrullah received injuries.

“Nasrullah got an FIR of attempted murder lodged against the protesters,” he said.

Maulana Taj Mohammad Nahyoon, Hyderabad district president JUI (Fazal), is currently spearheading protests against Nasrullah and demanding his arrest.

He had an FIR registered against Nasrullah for alleged blasphemy after addressing a press conference at the local press club on Monday afternoon.

“We want Nasrullah arrested as we have produced our witnesses against Nasrullah and they all have deposed on oath that he did commit blasphemy,” Nahyoon said while talking to Dawn.com.

Meanwhile, Nasrullah has gone into hiding. He has not been arrested nor has he been able to seek pre-arrest bail so far. Although he is not answering his cellphone, he has made an effort to get his point across to the Mufti Ashfaq who was instrumental in getting the FIR registered.

On Wednesday, Nasrullah sent Haji Asmatullah Mehsood, who is associated with ANP and runs his business in Hala Naka area, to Jamia Muftahul Uloom. Mehsood met with Nahyoon and Jehangiri as well as other people.

“The gathering was chaired by me and it was attended by Shaikhul Hadees Mufti Ghulam Mohammad Junejo, Mufti Habibullah, Mufti Fasih, Maulana Saifur Rehman, Maulana Abdul Salam and others in seminary,” said Nahyoon.

He added that the purpose of the meeting was to verify the ‘involvement of personal enmity’.

“This is a sensitive issue. However, all of us are satisfied that an FIR was properly lodged with statement of witnesses,” he said.

“Since the FIR has been lodged after due verification of facts, the issue can’t be resolved at this level. Now we want him arrested,” he said.

Mehsood, on the other hand, confirms having met religious leaders.

“I haven’t met Nasrullah…he is not available but someone from his side approached me so that his viewpoint can be presented to the other side,” he says, adding: “I have got nothing to do with this issue directly.”

Majlis-e-Tahfuz-e-Khatm-e-Nabuwat is also actively participating in protests on the issue and demanding arrest of the accused. They said that they will hold a protest on Friday if he is not arrested.




http://dawn.com/2012/09/19/man-accused-of-blasphemy-after-refusing-to-join-anti-islam-film-protest/


Added: Sep-19-2012 Occurred On: Sep-19-2012
By: MisterPatel
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  • Massive inbreeding within the Muslim culture during the last 1.400 years may have done catastrophic damage to their gene pool. The consequences of intermarriage between first cousins often have serious impact on the intelligence, sanity, and health of their offspring, and on their surroundings.

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    L: Living
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  • When they can't get at us,. they kill each other.
    Keep the cartoon's and movies coming.

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  • Let me get this straight, an obvious devout Muslim who doesnt join in on a anti-Islam protest is done for blasphemy which is punishable by either life in prison or death, take your pick because of some questionable remarks? and all that was needed for these charges was 3 (questionable) witnesses?,,,,,Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, - these guys are THAT stupid, its just to funny......He`s a dead man.

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  • i hope history looks back on these stupid fucking muslims and portrays them as the brainwashed uneducated unevolved shitfucks that they are

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  • But their oh so peaceful, and oh so tolerant.... Ha

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  • Religion of Peace showing just how peaceful it is. Meanwhile the lands run by said religion are the most horrid, violent, and evil places in the world.

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  • get a fucking life. blasephemy is a bullshit. If your god is going to punish you for saying his name wrong or using his image wrong.. that is an evil and retarded god. you might as well worship satan.

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  • This is the nazi cavecunts in action.

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  • The epitome of stupidity, but coming from a MuSlime country, I would not be surprised if they exceed the standard and come out with an even more stupid act.

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  • To all Allah worshipers, HE WAS A PEDOPHILE, and goat fucker... Your mad because you are 2 and you realize that he was just a idiot walking on bacon shoes.

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  • behead those that piss off the 'profit'

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  • Lolol, had this not happened to him, he would have been among those accusing the next person.fuck him.

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  • Demonstrate all you want, we don't give a fuck about you scum earth dwellers. Do you honestly think we will change our minds about Islam because you demonstrate? Nope, it just breeds more hatred towards you. How dumb are your demonstrations now?

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  • these guys know how to throw a good protest. we should fire all the ows asshats for incompetence.

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  • FAK JEW!!!!

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  • The witnesses will be interviewed separately, their accounts will differ and the case will collapse, leading to the arrests of the accusers.

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  • hmm,..I have nothing against the Muslim religion...are human and have the right to live and to believe in what they want...but, I do not agree with these Muslim extremists who kill people in a name of their faith...we Europeans have had this ugly experience several hundread years ago when we kill each other in the name of faith ...and this experience was called Inquisition were was tortured and burnt people on the stake all this atrocities done in the name of faith ...so, Muslim Arab world if to More..

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    • @Amarok_Matei
      I agree with you on almost everything. The only thing I differ with you on is that I DO have something against the Muslim religion - Islam. IT is the root cause for a lot of what you detailed.
      I urge you to start learning more about the religion itself, and the wicked, thug-like character of their "prophet" Mohammad. You can start here:
      www.faithfreedom.org.

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