The article from the Grunard’s Â Peter Preston is so full of gushing ‘democratic freedoms coming to Islamic nations’ Â that it hurts Â the brain. Lets stick with the facts: the Muslims Â are following Allah’s command to ‘wipe out the unbelievers to the last’- Qur’anÂ verse 8:7 and that’s what we are seeing in all the lands where the soldiers of Allah have the upper hand.
But not to worry: British readers will be pleased to know that Pakistan could become the UK’s biggest aid recipient by 2015.
Shahbaz Bhatti, Islamabad’s minister for minorities, is assassinated outside his home by four assailants who leave Taliban tracts behind them. Bhatti was a Christian, speaking out for an increasingly oppressed minority and ceaselessly advocating the repeal of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws.
But a couple of weeks ago, while the world was watching Cairo and Tripoli, his own prime minister,Â Yousaf Raza Gilani, quietly abandoned any attempt to repeal Pakistan’s blasphemy laws â€“ and the death penalty for breaking them. The battling woman backbencher who’d pushed for abolition retreated. The ministries working on amendments threw them away. Blasphemy, as defined in the statute book by Pakistan’s last military dictator but one, remains a capital offence.
So the Christian peasant farm-worker and mother of four, Aasia Bibi,whose case crystallises the whole sorry debacle, remains in prison and in fear for her life. So the governor of Punjab province, Salmaan Taseer, murdered by his own bodyguard for speaking out, remains unavenged. Remember how 90 lawyers put their hands up and volunteered to defend Taseer’s killer for free. Remember how the elected government of the Pakistan’s People Party, the party Taseer belonged to, did nothing but mumble. Remember how it promised reform then shuffled away. Don’t forget, then, thatÂ Shahbaz Bhatti’s murder comes as a direct consequence of the pusillanimity of an elected government. (Source)
In other news:
AsÂ Hamas-linked CAIR swings into action to block Tennessee’s anti-Sharia bill, here is a bracing reminder of the bounty Sharia brings to a land. “Taliban wound 15 girls in Pakistan college attack,” fromÂ AFP, March 1