Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Mob Justice in Pakistan and Muslim Zimmis

Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “No one is entitled to punish with fire except the Creator (God) of the fire”. (Abu Dawud, Sunan, No. 2673) and another version "Lord of fire is the only One Who can punish by fire." (al-Dârimî) - Mob justice can be explained as a situation where a crowd of people, sometimes several hundred, take the law into their own hands, act as accusers, jury and judge and punish an alleged criminal on the spot. This procedure often ends up with the victim being beaten to death or seriously injured. After a self witnessed mob justice situation we had a lot of questions that needed to be answered in order for us to understand this phenomenon. REFERENCE: MOB JUSTICE A qualitative research regarding vigilante justice in modern Uganda BY Authors: Robin Glad, Åsa Strömberg and Anton Westerlund Supervisor: Ronny Tikkanen

Who is mad? from on Vimeo.

Who is mad? by Amar Sindhu: A man detained in a lock-up in a blasphemy case was beaten to death and his body was torched by a lynch mob that had stormed the Rajo Deero police station on December 21, 2012. Officials said over 1,000 people from Sita village and its surroundings had attacked the police station to take out from the lock-up the man who had been handed over to the police some hours earlier by Memon Masjid area residents who had made the accusation against him.

2012 Desecration case: Lynch mob kills suspect, burns body in DADU, Dec 21: A 35-year-old man detained in a lock-up in a Quran desecration case was beaten to death and his body was torched by a lynch mob who stormed the Rajo Deero police station on Friday morning, police said. Officials said over 1,000 people from Sita village and its surroundings attacked the police station at 8am to take out from the lock-up the man who had been handed over to the police some hours earlier by Memon Masjid area residents while accusing him of setting fire to the Quran. The situation in Sita village remained out of control for several hours as the mob doused the suspect’s body with kerosene at the main junction in the village before putting a match to it. Earlier, announcements were made from mosques in the village about the desecration of the holy book. While the man remained in the custody of the Rajo Deero police for nearly five hours, the officials failed to ascertain his identity. Dadu SSP Usman Ghani Siddique said: “He remained tight-lipped and didn’t disclose his name every time police investigators asked him about it following the registration of a complaint against him in the daily diary.” He added that a watchman in the village, Noor Hussain, told the police that the Seraiki-speaking suspect entered Memon Masjid, threw away a rosary and torched the Quran at 3am. The complainant was quoted as saying that smoke spread in the area due to the burning. The watchman also alleged that he (the suspect) threatened him that he would kill him and his children when he tried to stop him. The SSP said that the Rajo Deero police finally lodged the complaint in the diary against an unknown person, put the suspect in the lock-up and began interrogation. As soon as dawn broke, the news spread from Sita village to its neighbouring areas. At 8am, the SSP said, a big crowd of people stormed the police station, held the officials hostage and got the suspect’s custody before giving him a hiding. They used kicks, fists and clubs that caused his instant death. He said they brought the body to the main Chowk in Sita village, two kilometres from the police station, where people started gathering as announcements were made from the mosque about the early hours happening. The body of the man accused of desecration of the holy book was burnt at the main junction. It took the police several hours to reach the area and shift the body to the health centre situated on Sita Road, where a post-mortem examination was conducted. Senior medical officer at the health centre Dr Mohammad Bux told Dawn that the body was completely burnt. Following the medico-legal formality, the body of the unidentified suspect was buried in the Masoom Shah graveyard in Sita village. REFERENCE: Desecration case: Lynch mob kills suspect, burns body in Dadu BY Qurban Ali Khushik | 22nd December, 2012

2012: Mob kills man, burns corpse for desecrating Quran  Ahmedpur East area of Punjab’s Bahawalpur ISLAMABAD: A Pakistani police official says thousands of people beat a man to death, and burned his corpse after he was accused of desecrating the holy Quran. A senior police officer Mohammed Azhar Gujar said that in the incident on Tuesday in the Ahmedpur East area of Punjab’s Bahawalpur district, attackers stormed a police station where the man was being interrogated. He said the victim seemed to be mentally unstable. He was arrested after residents said he threw pages of the Quran into the street. While the man was being questioned, some people started making announcements over mosque loudspeakers, urging residents to go to the police station and punish him. Within hours, thousands gathered outside and demanded the man be handed over to them. Gujar said police tried to protect him, but the mob turned violent. They burned several police vehicles and wounded seven officers before grabbing the man and dragging him into the street, where he was beaten to death and his body set on fire. Gujar said the mob also attacked the house of an area police chief and burned his furniture and possessions. It was unclear whether the man was Muslim, a member of Pakistan’s Christian minority or belonged to another religion. His name was not released. Pakistani Christians live in fear of being arrested under the blasphemy laws, which critics say are often misused to settle personal scores or family feuds. Efforts to change the laws have made little headway. Last year, two prominent Pakistani political figures who spoke out against the blasphemy laws were killed in attacks that raised concerns about the rise of religious extremism in Pakistan. REFERENCE: Mob kills man, burns corpse for desecrating Quran | AP | 4th July, 2012  Mentally Challenged Man was set on Fire by Mob on the Allegation of Blasphemy Daily Jang 4 July 2012 7-4-2012_112277_1

Jang Group's Rent a Mufti Ansar Abbasi is trying his level best to distort not only the History but also tinkering with the Islamic interpretation of not only Zimmis but also comment without any references above all he is least bothered to highlight as to who is the authority to declare anybody blasphmer and who is authorised to punish and administer the Law. Ansar Abbasi also fails to define the definition of Proper Muslim and how about some soul searching about Mob Justice which is actually promoted by the Jang Group of Newspapers and GEO TV and it started with GEO TV inciting the ruthless and cold-blooded murder of Mr. Salman Taseer and then Shahbaz Bhatti.    REFERENCE: Jizya in Islam by Dr. Monqiz As-Saqqar Ph.D in Christian Doctrines and Scripture, Faculty of Usul-al-Din, Umm al-Qura, Saudi Arabia. Translated by Hayam Elisawy, Edited by Mohammad Elfie Nieshaem Juferi. GEO TV violates Blasphemy Law of Islam. بے خبری میں آپ کیسے “جی“ رہے ہیں ۔۔ کیا دیکھہ رہے ہیں ۔۔ کس سے لطف اندوز ہو رہے ہیں ۔۔۔ ذرا سوچئیے ؟؟

Lest we forget! During classical period of Islam, several Sunni Schools of Thought had also declared each other apostate, read Curse of Sectarianism by Irshad Ul Haq Asari

Incidentally, in Abbas’ case, the actual culprit in this case was a former soldier Ijaz Abbasi, a shopkeeper in Chani Goth in South Punjab, who he had left his bags with for safe keeping, while he went to attend to the call of nature. He returned to find Abbasi rummaging through his bags and stealing some of Abbas’s valuables. An argument broke out. Eventually, Abbas got so upset that he set his own bag on fire, giving Ijaz Abbasi an opportunity to accuse him of burning the Koran. After Abbas was handed over to the police, Ijaz Abbasi got in touch with local madrassas and mullahs to seek public support to punish the blasphemer. Later, people like Maulvi Zubair Ahmed of one Ahl-Hadith masjid in the area, Maulvi Shakoor and Maulvi Manzoor Ahmed Nomani, both of Sipha-e-Sahaba mosques, and some other mullahs incited people against the Abbas. Soon, an angry mob of followers of some of these jihadi outfits pillaged the police station, tied and dragged Abbas behind a motorcycle and then burnt him. There were no protests despite the incident being reported in the local press. Chani Goth is known for being a centre of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) influence. There are several villages that support the jem in the vicinity. REFERENCE: Curse of Blasphemy Law The likelyhood of death sentence being awarded to an 11 year old for alleged blasphemy is symptomatic of the naked abuse of power exercised by religious zealots By Ayesha Siddiqa, Independent Social Scientist From Tehelka Magazine, Vol 9, Issue 36, Dated 08 Sept 2012 Thursday, January 06, 2011, Safar 01, 1432 A.H

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