Correction in the third option the word is “an” not “and”
Recently 3 Innocent lives were lost in the heart of Islamic Republic of Pakistan while more than a dozen people including women and children were severely injured, unfortunately at the hands of Americans roaming around suspiciously in busy areas of the city of Lahore with illegal arms and driving at high-speed breaking the one-way traffic route and crushing innocent bystanders and bicyclists under their 4×4.
The incident raised many questions while flaming the emotions of a strategically placed nuclear-nation of 180 Million people with a freed Judiciary, powerful military, unpopular government and powerful media, all crying out loud for just one thing …………………….
JUSTICE WITHOUT COMPROMISE
Before proceeding further on the matter, let us examine the matter with the stances from different sides, eyewitness accounts, the relatives of the murder victims and injured, public at large, stance of one of the culprits (remember his accomplice and the murderer who was driving the 4×4 fled the scene) Pakistan’s Government and the USA’s official stance.
The picture of the incident as reported through the words of eyewitnesses emerge as below:
a) The area was highly congested and traffic move very closely (it is very normal for people in the city and in many western cities including in Central London)
b) The American (called as Raymond Davis) shot at the back of two bike riders
c) One of them died on the spot
d) The other was in his dying moments when Raymond started taking pictures and making video of his dying moments and his dead companion
e) There was NO apparent provocation
f) When asked why he killed them he said he “acted in self-defense” in “URDU” the local national language which American Diplomats usually CANNOT speak.
g) He also shot at the Traffic Warden while trying to flee
h) When surrounded by cops and public and stuck in traffic Raymond pointed his weapons at the cops initially
i) The 4×4 which came to his rescue got stuck in traffic near jail road, Lahore and decided to break the law by entering the wrong side of a busy road at very HIGH speeds and killed atleast one innocent motorcyclist on the spot while injuring some pedestrians
j) While trying to flee Raymond hit a Rickshaw (local public transport vehicle for small number of passengers) which resulted in it turning upside down and injuring the women and kids in it while hitting some pedestrians who were later treated in the hospital
As per the relatives of the murder victims and injured:
k) Answering why ONE of the victims had a gun they clarified that it was a properly licensed weapon for personal safety as his Elder brother was murdered due to some rivalries and he was threatened
l) Confirmed that one of the motorcyclist got married 3 months ago and one was to marry within next couple of months
m) Pointed out to police confirmation that NONE has any criminal records before
n) Drew attention to the eyewitness confirmation that there was NO PROVOCATION and they did not aim at or approach the American
o) Referred to the autopsy report confirming that both were SHOT FROM THE BACK, MULTIPLE TIMES (Self defense?)
Public at large:
There is huge public outcry over the unprovoked murders in broad daylight in a busy center of the city by foreign nationals carrying ILLEGAL FIREARMS & BREAKING TRAFFIC LAWS.
The matter is seen as a test case for the hugely unpopular government.
Stance of one of the culprits (referred to as Mr. Raymond Davis):
One of the accomplice of Mr. Davis was reported to have fled in the “Rescue 4×4 Vehicle”, the driver of which is also at large after he KILLED another civilian motorcyclist when it entered a one-way road from the wrong way at high-speed. The culprits are with the American Consulate despite it’s promises to surrender the driver and the 4×4 involved in the traffic violations, injuring and killing of civilians, as confirmed by the Punjab Law Minister Mr. RanaSanaullah .
Since the other 2 accomplices are at large, only Raymond Davis’ stance is known as of yet.
Raymond has claimed that:
- he works as “technical advisor” with the American consulate in Lahore
- that the guys “wanted” to rob him
- previously he claimed that they aimed the weapon at him which was denied by eye witnesses and later retracted by him
- he acted in “self-defense”
- he will apologise to the relatives of the deceased
- (as per police sources) he “suspected” he was about to be kidnapped or attacked
Stance of Pakistan’s Government:
Mr. RanaSanaullah, the provincial law minister is reported to have told that:
- the man’s identity documents including passport names him as “Raymond Davis”
- his address is of USA
- he is with the USA consulate
- he had the firearm ILLEGALLY
- atleast 3 cell phones and illegal firearms were recovered from Raymond Davis
- the murder victims have a clean record with regards to robberies
- one of the murdered civilian’s brother was killed a few days ago and had kept a licensed firearm for self-protection with proper authorisation
- the murders were unprovoked
- USA consulate promised to surrender the 4×4 and the driver who violated traffic laws and killed another civilian
- they will “follow” the law and would “not” surrender to the pressures
- why was Raymond travelling in the center of the city WITHOUT informing any government official?
- why was Raymond carrying ILLEGAL FIREARMS?
- what was Raymond doing in the MOST BUSY area of Lahore city?
In another development, there was protest in the Assembly when a member of the ruling PPP asked the Federal Interior Minister, Mr. Abdul Rehman Malik to apologise for pressuring the Police officer incharge to let Raymond go free.
Mr. Malik denied the accusation.
Independent media reports and police officials confirmed the incident.
USA’s official stance:
After a long silence and careful silence USA has demanded release of Raymond Davis and backtracked on its promise to surrender the Murderer who was driving the 4×4 along with the vehicle.
Washington Post reported “U.S. Embassy demands release of ‘unlawfully detained’ diplomat who shot 2 Pakistanis”
Strange was the behaviour of the American officials who:
- claimed his name taken from his passport was NOT his real name (Fraud?)
- claimed he was a civilian official with the USA Consulate in Lahore
- REFUSED to disclose the position at the Consulate
- REFUSED to disclose the Real Name
- REFUSED to answer what was he doing in the Busy Center of Lahore
- No diplomatic immunity covers murder
- Diplomatic immunity is different for different officials, lesser for consular and even lesser for the consulate employees
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“Blasphemy has no place in a liberal and tolerant society offering equal opportunities and liberties to each citizen. Blasphemy breeds polarization, hence destabilises the society through mistrust, and hatred. Blasphemy needs to be curbed through harshest capital punishment while ensuring essential safeguards against miscarriage of justice.”
With thanks to Air Cdre Khalid Iqbal (R) (Ex- PAF assistant Chief of Air Staff)
a) Ghazi Illam ud Din Shaheed (Who layed his life for Prophet PBUH and forced British tyranny to change the laws of Blasphemy) and Quaid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah (A story of every muslim for everyone to understand)
b) A lost case, an upheld cause!
Quaid and the Ghazi:
Quaid-i-Azam lost only one case during his entire practising tenure, that too by choice. He chose to defend a “murderer” who had been convicted by the trial court, where he had opted for guilty plea and was not interested to defend his act. Quaid-i-Azam urged the accused to enter a plea of not guilty and to say that he had acted due to extreme provocation. The fact that accused was only 19 years old would have also worked in his favour. However, the accused refused to offer such a plea and insisted that he was proud of his actions. This case, cited as Ilam Din vs. Emperor AIR 1930 Lahore 157, was the only one suit that the Quaid ever lost. Given the stance by the accused, technically it was a lost case, yet the Quaid chose to contest it to uphold a cause. It was the case of Ghazi Ilam Din Shaheed.
One Prashaad Prataab had authored a blasphemous book. Rajpal a Hindu book publisher from Lahore took the responsibility of publishing the book in 1923 and pledged not to disclose the author’s real name. Pressure from the Muslim community resulted in the matter being taken to Session court Lahore, which found RajPal guilty and sentenced him. Subsequently Rajpal appealed against the decision of Session Court in the Lahore High court. The appeal was heard by Judge Daleep Singh who acquitted Rajpal on the grounds that criticism against the religious leaders, no matter how immoral, was not covered by S.153 of the Indian Penal Code.
Thus Rajpal could not be sentenced as law did not cover blasphemous criticism against religion.
High Court decision was widely criticised and protests were made against it by Muslims of India. Little did anyone expect that one young man’s course of action would bring about a significant change in the law, ensuring that Islam would be covered by blasphemy laws.Creation of Pakistan was still a distant dream in the hearts of the Indian Muslims.
This event was one of the contributory causes that culminated in Allama Iqbal’s proposal for a separate Muslim state in 1930, which resulted in the creation of Pakistan in 1947.
Gave my life to defend the honour of our Last Prophet Muhammad S.A.W.W:
As the noose was put around the neck of Ilam Din, he repeated before the huge crowd: “O people! Bear witness that I killed Rajpal to defend our last Prophet Muhammad S.A.W, and today they are going to hang me. I am sacrificing my life whilst reciting the kalimah shahadah (testimony of faith).” The young man was buried without any funeral. Mass demonstrations broke out. The inhabitants of Lahore wanted Ilam Din’s body returned in order to give him an Islamic funeral. Allama Iqbal and Mian Abdul Aziz campaigned to have the body of Ilam Din returned to Lahore for the funeral prayer. The British were worried that this would incite unrest. Only after Allama Iqbal gave his assurance to the British that no riots would erupt, permission was given.
- Around 200,000 Muslims attended the funeral prayer.
- Maulana Zafar Ali Khan said ahead of the burial: “Alas! If only if I had managed to attain such a blessed status!” Allama Iqbal carried the funeral bier along its final journey.
- As Iqbal placed the body of Ilam Din into the grave, he tearfully declared: “This uneducated young man has surpassed us, the educated ones.”
Repercussions of the sacrifice:
- The martyrdom of Ilam Din on 31st October 1929 had far-reaching repercussions.
- A provision Section 295A was added to the Indian Penal Code, making insult to the religious beliefs of any class an offence.
- The Pakistan Penal Code makes it a crime for anyone who “by words or visible representation or by an imputation or insinuation, directly or indirectly, defiled the name of the Muhammad”. In 1982, Section 295B was added to the Pakistan Penal Code punishing “defiling the Holy Quran” with life imprisonment.
- In 1986, Section 295C was introduced, mandating the death penalty for “use of derogatory remarks in respect of the Holy Prophet” in keeping with Ilam Din’s legacy.
Quaid e Azam and Allama Iqbal’s perspectives:
Since Quaid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah defended Ilam Din in his murder trial at appellate level, it can be inferred that he favoured the ‘death sentence for blasphemy’. Same was endorsed by Allama Iqbal.
On his vision of Pakistan, the Quaid had said: ‘The tolerance and good will Emperor Akbar showed to all the non-Muslims is not of recent origin. It dates back to thirteen centuries ago when our Prophet not only by words but by deeds treated the Jews and Christians after he had conquered them with the utmost tolerance and regard and respect for their faith and beliefs’.
Quaid was an inexorable defender of civil liberties. He stood for Bhagat Singh’s freedom and condemned the British government in the harshest language when no one else dared.
His landmark speech before the Constituent assembly of Pakistan on 11 August, 1947 envisaged equality for all Pakistanis, irrespective of religion, cast and creed: ‘…Now, if we want to make this great State of Pakistan happy and prosperous, we should wholly and solely concentrate on the well-being of the people, and especially of the masses and the poor. If you will work in co-operation, forgetting the past, burying the hatchet, you are bound to succeed. If you change your past and work together in a spirit that everyone of you, no matter to what community he belongs, no matter what relations he had with you in the past, no matter what is his colour, caste or creed, is first, second and last a citizen of this State with equal rights, privileges, and obligations, there will be no end to the progress you will make…We should begin to work in that spirit and in course of time all these angularities of the majority and minority communities, the Hindu community and the Muslim community… will vanish….You are free; you are free to go to your temples, you are free to go to your mosques or to any other place of worship in this State of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion or caste or creed that has nothing to do with the business of the State….We are starting with this fundamental principle that we are all citizens and equal citizens of one State…Now I think we should keep that in front of us as our ideal and you will find that in course of time Hindus would cease to be Hindus and Muslims would cease to be Muslims, not in the religious sense, because that is the personal faith of each individual, but in the political sense as citizens of the State’.
Truth is that which even the adversaries accept – L K Advani from assasination to acknowledgement:
L K Advani, the extremist right-wing Hindutva torch bearer and 1992 Anti-Babri Masjid “yatra” fame Indian politician, who was once named in a police report for an alleged assassination attempt on Jinnah’s life, while visiting Pakistan, stoked off a huge scandal in India, when he referred to Jinnah as a great leader.
At Quaid’s Mausoleum, he wrote:
‘There are many people who leave an irreversible stamp on history. But there are few who actually create history. Quaid-e-Azam Mohammed Ali Jinnah was one such rare individual. His address to the Constituent Assembly of Pakistan on August 11, 1947 is really a classic and a forceful espousal of a secular state in which every citizen would be free to follow his own religion. The State shall make no distinction between the citizens on the grounds of faith. My respectful homage to this great man’.
Only that he is unaware as to what he referred to as a secular trait is infact the very essence of Islam.
Issue of blasphemy law has to be seen in the spirit espoused by the great Quaid. Blasphemy has no place in a liberal and tolerant society offering equal opportunities and liberties to each citizen. Blasphemy breeds polarization, hence destabilises the society through mistrust, and hatred. Blasphemy needs to be curbed through harshest capital punishment while ensuring essential safeguards against miscarriage of justice.
Three blogs would be listed on this topic to clarify the matter and confusion created by ill-researched and foreign funded local media. Exact references from Holy Quran, Hadith and Sunnat will be provided instead of mere improvisation from general principles.
Watch out this space for more coming very soon ……………….. InshALLAH
At the beginning of 2011,
Thanks to those who loved me, they made my Heart Bigger.
Thanks to those who hated me, they made me a Stronger Person.
Thanks to those who were worried for me, they let me know they Care for Me.
Thanks to those who left me, they made me realise Nothing Lasts forever.
Thanks to those who entered my life and never left, they made me realise Who I am.
And last but not the least,
I apologise to those who I might have hurt, for I never intended to.
Wishing You all a Very Happy New Year