A Pakistani Muslim is being ordered to appear in court for the abduction and rape of a 14-year-old Christian girl.

24-year-old Jabbar Khan Qaisrani will appear in court for the October kidnapping and repeated rape of 14-year-old Huma Younus, who Qaisrani claimed was an adult — in which case Sharia law allows for a Christian woman to be forcibly seized and married off to her Muslim captor.

However, the court in Karachi, Pakistan ruled a prior decision by a lower court that Younus was an adult is false and that, as a minor, Sharia law does not apply and Younus must be returned to her family. 

But in the nearly 10 months that have passed, the now-15-year-old has become pregnant while in captivity. 

A translator for Younus’ mother said:

If they would have done something at that time, the daughter of Nageena would have been recovered, and maybe she wouldn’t be in this situation what she is in right now. She requests she should get her daughter back because she says that you can only feel this pain if you have a daughter.

Advocates with the Western-based international group Overseas Pakistani Christian Alliance (OPCA) are raising their voice on behalf of persecuted Christians in the Muslim nation.

“I have a daughter. I’m a mother. I can’t imagine somebody [would] take my daughter like this and my daughter doesn’t … I don’t get her back,” said Carol Noreen, OPCA volunteer.

Younus’ story is not unique in Pakistan. Among many girls and boys abducted each year for the sexual pleasure of the majority-Muslim population, is 13-year-old Mehak, who was recently returned home after her four-month captivity, and is now seven months pregnant.

“I was abducted and tied up and my captor’s sister told him to do whatever he wanted with me. Nobody will care.” 

Compliance with the law is all that will bring Younus home to her family too

Pakistan blasphemy: Gunman shoots accused dead in court

Man accused of shooting a blasphemy suspect in Pakistan courtroom, 29 July 2020
image captionThe suspected gunman was identified by the authorities as Khalid – it’s unclear how he brought a gun into the courtroom

A man accused of blasphemy in Pakistan has been shot dead in a courtroom during his trial in the northern city of Peshawar.

He had been facing charges for allegedly claiming to be a prophet.

Blasphemy is legally punishable by death. No-one has been executed for it by the state but accusations can often lead to violent attacks.

The victim, Tahir Ahmad Naseem, was accused of blasphemy in 2018 by a teenager.

He was killed at a trial hearing on Wednesday morning. Video shared on social media shows his body slumped over the court’s seats.

His attacker was arrested at the scene. Another video shows him in handcuffs, shouting angrily that his victim was an “enemy of Islam”.

Mr Naseem was first accused of blasphemy by Awais Malik, a madrassa student from Peshawar. Mr Naseem had struck up an online conversation with him whilst living in the United States.

Mr Malik told the BBC he had then met Mr Naseem in a shopping mall in Peshawar to discuss his views on religion, after which he filed a case against him with the police.

He said he had not been present at court, and had no knowledge of the shooting. The suspect arrested for the killing has been named as Khalid. It is not clear how he managed to bring a weapon into the court premises.

Aftermath of the shooting of a blasphemy suspect in a courtroom in Pakistan, 29 July 2020
image captionThe victim was photographed shortly after he was shot dead

Mr Naseem was born into the persecuted Ahmadi sect, according to a spokesman for the community. But he added that he had left the sect and claimed to be a prophet himself.

The community leader suggested Mr Naseem had been mentally ill – he had uploaded videos to YouTube claiming to be a messiah.

Human rights groups say Pakistan’s hardline blasphemy laws disproportionately target minority communities and encourage vigilante attacks. Dozens of people accused of being blasphemers have been killed by angry mobs or militants in recent years.

In an unrelated development, a hashtag campaign accusing a user of committing blasphemy has been trending on Twitter in the country.

But other users, concerned about the individual’s safety, have been actively trying to drown out the accusations, using a separate hashtag -#btsarmypakistan – a reference to fans of the extremely popular Korean pop group BTS.

One of those involved in the counter-trend told the BBC it was an attempt to “resist right-wing trolls taking over the internet and possibly killing someone in the process”.

Hashtags related to BTS were also used during recent Black Lives Matter protests in the US to drown out racist online counter-campaigns.

American Accused of Blasphemy Is Killed in Pakistan Courtroom

The shooting of Tahir Ahmad Naseem drew strong U.S. condemnation of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws, which are often used to persecute and intimidate religious minorities.

An ambulance carrying the body of Tahir Ahmad Naseem on Wednesday. His death has renewed focus on Pakistan’s much-maligned blasphemy laws.
An ambulance carrying the body of Tahir Ahmad Naseem on Wednesday. His death has renewed focus on Pakistan’s much-maligned blasphemy laws.Credit…Bilawal Arbab/EPA, via Shutterstock

By Salman Masood

  • July 30, 2020

The United States urged Pakistan on Thursday to overhaul the country’s harsh blasphemy laws a day after an American citizen accused of violating them was fatally shot in a courtroom.

The brazen killing has brought into sharp focus Pakistan’s much-maligned blasphemy laws, which critics say are often used to persecute and intimidate members of religious minorities.

The American, Tahir Ahmad Naseem, 57, was on trial in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar on charges that he had claimed to be a prophet. Mr. Naseem was shot six times on Wednesday by a young man whom the authorities identified only as Faisal, 19, a local resident.

The killing, in a courtroom at the Peshawar Judicial Complex, drew strong condemnation from the U.S. government.

“We extend our condolences to the family of Tahir Naseem, the American citizen who was killed today inside a courtroom in Pakistan,” the State Department’s Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs said in a Twitter post on Thursday. “We urge Pakistan to take immediate action and pursue reforms that will prevent such a shameful tragedy from happening again.”

Mr. Naseem was accused of blasphemy in 2018 on charges that carried penalties ranging from fines to death.

He had been a member of the Ahmadi sect, which has been declared heretical under the Pakistani Constitution and whose members face repeated persecution. However, representatives said Mr. Naseem had left the sect and had claimed to be the messiah and a prophet.

Blasphemy is a highly combustible and sensitive subject in Pakistan, with emotions flaring over mere rumors that Islam has been insulted. The government has never executed anyone under blasphemy laws, but people accused of it are often killed by mobs even before the police can take action, rights groups say.

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A demonstration in support of the man who killed Mr. Naseem was held in Hyderabad, Pakistan, on Thursday. 
A demonstration in support of the man who killed Mr. Naseem was held in Hyderabad, Pakistan, on Thursday. Credit…Nadeem Khawer/EPA, via Shutterstock

Soon after the killing of Mr. Naseem, a video of the gunman was widely shared on social media. It showed him sitting on a courtroom bench while being held by police officers, and he is heard saying the Prophet Muhammad told him in a dream to kill Mr. Naseem.

“He is an enemy of Islam,” the gunman is heard saying of Mr. Naseem. “He is an enemy of Pakistan.”

Police officials said they were investigating how the attacker managed to bring a gun inside the high-security court compound.

Rights activists and rights groups have long campaigned against the blasphemy laws, saying they are used to oppress religious minorities and to settle personal feuds.

But hard-line Islamic religious parties have bitterly opposed moves to amend the laws. Mainstream political leaders acknowledge the misuse of the blasphemy laws, but have mostly caved in to the pressures by religious parties not to change them and have dithered in taking a public stand against them.

In 2011, Salmaan Taseer, a prominent politician who was then the governor of Punjab Province, had campaigned to change the blasphemy laws, but was fatally shot by his police guard.

Mr. Taseer had been campaigning for the release of Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman who was sentenced to death and imprisoned for eight years after being accused of blasphemy. The Supreme Court overturned her conviction in 2018, and she now lives in Canada.

The killing of Mr. Taseer was a chilling reminder of the dangers that outspoken secular politicians face in a deeply conservative and religious Pakistani society.

JUI-F Leader Mufti Kifayatullah Celebrates Murder Of Blasphemy Accused Man In Peshawar Court


    Jamiat Ulama-e-Islam – Fazl (JUI-F) senior leader Mufti Kifayatullah has celebrated the murder of blasphemy accused man in Peshawar court, terming it as an act of ‘justice’.

The JUI-F leader took to Twitter to express his opinion on the matter. While referring to the murder, he said, “I have seen the justice in Pakistani court for the very first time.”

An ex-Ahmadi man was gunned down in a courtroom in Peshawar on Wednesday over blasphemy charges that he had been facing for two years.

According to the spokesperson of the Ahmadiyya community, Tahir Ahmad was not a member of the community. “It is being reported that he was Ahmadi, which is not true. He was born Ahmadi but left the community many years ago.”

Initial reports suggest that the victim suffered from mental health problems, and he died on the spot from the bullet wounds.

The suspect, a reported graduate of a seminary, was arrested by the police, but it is still unclear how he had taken the gun inside the courtroom. Speaking about the murder, he said Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) came ‘to his dream and asked him to shoot this man’

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