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Friday, 30 September 2011

Salman Taseer Governor's killer

500 Islamic clerics and scholars describe Pak governor's killer as an Islamic warrior: warn against expressions of sympathy or prayers

Governor's killer wears a garland of flowers.

Someone said, the killing is an indication of a break down of law and order in Pakistan ~ there is order ~ an Islamic order.

In the west we get upset about outward threats against prominent figures by Muslims ~ but in the Islamic world ~ it is the norm.

Paying tribute to Taseer's assassin and his courage, the statement described Qadri as a lover of the prophet Mohammed and a 'Ghazi' or Islamic warrior.

Qadri had "revived the 14-century-old traditions of Islam" and made Muslims around the world proud, it said.

A group of over 500 Pakistani scholars and clerics have described the policeman who gunned down the Punjab governor Salman Taseer as a 'Ghazi' and have warned against any expression of sympathy for slain PPP leader, saying it would tantamount to an act of blasphemy.

Warning the people not to lead or offer funeral prayers for Taseer, 66, the clerics part of Jamaat-e-Ahl-e -Sunnat Pakistan, a grouping representing the moderate Barelvi sect of Sunni Muslims praised the Elite Force policeman Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri and called him a 'Ghazi', an Islamic warrior.

The outspoken Taseer who was known for his liberal views and who supported changes in the controversial blasphemy law, was gunned down in a posh market in the heart of Islamabad on Tuesday.

AArrested Pakistani bodyguard Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri wearing a garland shouts 'We are ready to sacrifice our life for the prestige of the Prophet Mohammad' after appearing in court in Islamabad on January 5, 2011 a day after the assassination of the governor of Punjab province Salman Taseer. Pakistani police on January 5, 2011 charged the police commando with murder and terrorism over the killing of Salman Taseer, lawyers said. Qadri, who was part of Taseer's security detail, was presented before a magistrate in Islamabad and will appear in an anti-terrorism court on January 6, lawyer Mohammad Ashraf Gujjar told.

The clerics said in a statement issued last night, "Also, there should be no expression of grief or sympathy on the death of the governor, as those who support blasphemy of the prophet Mohammed are themselves indulging in blasphemy."

Praising Qadri, the clerics said he had killed Taseer for calling the blasphemy law a "black law".

Hailing the "courage" and zeal of Qadri, the clerics and scholars said his action had made all Muslims proud.

A military serviceman loads the casket containing the body of Punjab Governor Salman Taseer onto a helicopter after his funeral prayers at the Governor's House in Lahore January 5, 2011. Five hundred moderate Pakistani religious scholars have warned that anyone who expresses grief over the assassination of a senior ruling party official who opposed the country's blasphemy law could suffer the same fate.

A leader of the ruling Pakistan People's Party's 'ulema' or clerics wing led Taseer's funeral prayer this afternoon after several leading clerics of Lahore, including the imams of the Data Darbar shrine and the Shahi Masjid, refused to do so.

The cleric of the mosque at the governor's house, who is a Barelvi, too refused to lead the prayer, sources said.

The statement issued by the Jamaat-e-Ahl-e-Sunnat Pakistan was endorsed by the grouping's 'ameer' or chief Syed Mazhar Saeed Shah Kazmi and over 500 scholars and clerics like Allama Syed Riaz Hussain Shah, Shah Turab-ul-Haq Qadri and Pir Ghulam Siddiq Naqshbandi.

Those "favouring the person who indulged in blasphemy are themselves blasphemous," the scholars and clerics said in the statement.

Paying tribute to Taseer's assassin and his courage, the statement described Qadri as a lover of the prophet Mohammed and a 'Ghazi' or Islamic warrior.

Qadri had "revived the 14-century-old traditions of Islam" and made Muslims around the world proud, it said.

The clerics and scholars asked intellectuals, ministers, politicians and media personalities who oppose the blasphemy law to learn a lesson from Taseer's death.

These personalities should "save their faith by announcing that they would desist from attempting to amend the blasphemy law," they said.

The Tehrik Tahaffuz-e-Namoos-e-Risalat, which has been spearheading the campaign to oppose the repeal or amendment of the blasphemy law, too issued a statement that said Taseer had violated the laws of the land by supporting Asia Bibi, a Christian woman sentenced to death for insulting the Prophet.

Taseer's "irresponsible acts while in the office of the Punjab governor were inappropriate and offended" the Muslims of Pakistan, the group claimed.

Though a majority of Pakistanis adhere to the moderate school of thought, the Jamaat-e-Ahl-e-Sunnat Pakistan has thrown its weight behind the campaign opposing the repeal or amendment of the blasphemy law.

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