Pakistan: "Raymond Davis is a blasphemer who must be beheaded…"

Every unbeliever is a blasphemer who must be beheaded. Its not only me who has a problem with “kill the unbelievers wherever you find them”.

Ketchup Kerry to the rescue: (source)

Pakistani Islamic group claims detained American also committed blasphemy

Many people in Pakistan already want Raymond Davis dead. According to this report, Davis says he was acting in self-defense from armed robbery when he killed two Pakistanis. The story below speculates the two were members of the ISI, whom prosecutors claim were fleeing from Davis. Not that we’ve ever, ever heard of the ISIbeing up to no good, of course.

The lavish Valentine’s Day tributes (curiously not proscribed as haram here as celebrations were in many other places in the Muslim world) enjoyed by the assassin of blasphemy law critic Salman Taseer again demonstrate the popularity of the blasphemy laws in Pakistan. They are now a rallying point for Islamic groups and their supporters.

In this case, it is the word of Pakistani Muslim prisoners and guards against Davis, and they have given jihadists a backup plan in hope of seeing him killed one way or the other: just in case the merits of the murder charges don’t stack up in court, the blasphemy ones might, and failing that, they may attempt to murder him on their own.

“Lahore: for Islamic fundamentalists, Raymond Davis is a blasphemer who must be beheaded,” by Jibran Khan for Asia News, February 16 via JW:


Pakistani film lauds murder for blasphemy in the name of Islam

The film was made by a “moderate Muslim.” “Pak film lauds ‘death for blasphemy’ in name of Islam reminiscent of Taseer’s murder,” from ANI, February 17

Lahore (AsiaNews) – Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI), an Islamic political movement, wants Raymond Davis, a US citizen, tried for blasphemy, an offence that carries the death penalty. JUI chief Maulana Samiul Haq has accused him of disrespect towards the Friday call to prayer from a mosque and derogatory remarks about people who gathered for prayers as well as misbehaviour towards prison staff. The alleged actions occurred in Kot Lakhpat Maximum Security Prison in Lahore where the 36-year-old US national is being held on charges of double murder. He is waiting for Pakistani authorities to rule on his claim to diplomatic immunity.

For Raymond Davis, the situation is getting more complicated. Pakistan’s extremist camp is now egging on crowds and demanding an exemplary punishment for him. This comes at a time when tensions between Washington and Islamabad are at their highest. The 36-year-old American is in jail on charges of killing two men on 27 January in Lahore. He claims he acted in self-defence.

The phrase “an exemplary punishment” is a quotation from a statement by the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

A local court ruled that he be held for two weeks in preventive custody. The inquiry appears to show that he shot in cold blood two Pakistanis, probably agents of the country’s Inter-Service Intelligence, as they fled on a motorbike.

The United States wants Pakistan to recognise his diplomatic immunity even though the Vienna Convention does not cover serious crimes like murder, which is what he is charged with.

In recent days, Raymond Davis is thought to have made his situation even worse. According to Mian Mushtaq Awan, Kot Lakhpat prison superintendant [sic], the American insulted the prison’s religious leader and inmates who had met for morning prayers.

A group of prisoners tried to attack him but he was rescued by police before he could be lynched. A guard said, “Davis made derogatory remarks about Islam and Muslim prayers”.

News about the incident fired up the country’s extremist camp. For Maulana Samiul Haq, “Davis`s behaviour is punishable by death,” irrespective of his diplomatic immunity.

The JUI leader also called on the government to “hang Asia Bibi, the Christian woman, who insulted the prophet to make her an example for everyone in the country.” He was referring to the Christian mother who is in jail after being sentenced to death for blasphemy and waiting for her appeal to be heard.

Pakistan’s Islamic extremists have called for a national day of protest on 20 February in Peshawar to defend the ‘black law’.

That is what Salman Taseer called it — a “black law.” That was enough to make him a target.

Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has warned the government that if it released Davis, it would hold street demonstrations.

A TTP spokesman called on the authorities to hand over Davis so that they could behead him. He also threatened judges.

US Senator John Kerry has arrived in Lahore in an attempt to solve the matter. He met former Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Queshi and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani to discuss details.

4 thoughts on “Pakistan: "Raymond Davis is a blasphemer who must be beheaded…"”

  1. Qureshi rejects Raymond Davis’ immunity

    Qureishi: from the tribe of Muhammad. Just what makes a Pakistani descendant of Hindus inflict on himself a name from a 7th century Arab tribe?

    ISLAMABAD: Former foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on Wednesday that the American accused of killing two Pakistanis does not have full diplomatic immunity.

    Qureshi, who was not included in the new cabinet formed last week, said that following the January 27 incident and after consultations with experts, he was not persuaded by US claims that Davis was immune from prosecution.

    The former minister made the comments after meeting US Senator John Kerry who was in the country this week to try and resolve a bitter diplomatic row over Davis’ fate. He, however, defended what he called his principled stand on the issue in his role as minister. “I was given a briefing by the experts in the Foreign Ministry who said that in their opinion the blanket immunity being demanded by the US embassy for Davis does not apply in this case,” Qureshi told a press conference. He said his opinion was also endorsed by the Interior Ministry.

    He said he had conveyed his point of view to the leadership of the ruling Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and they “agreed that the matter is in court and the court will decide the issue”. He refused to give further details, citing the possibility that he might be summoned to testify. afp

  2. The quandaries Pakistan has been caught in are largely due to this euphoria about ‘ghairat’ (honour) among other similarly deceptive concepts that are likely to get further exacerbated if we continue to behave irrationally. In the recent case of Raymond Davis, an American who shot down two people in Lahore last month, the media-created hype has been picked up by certain leaders to further their own personal and political interests against national interests. There would be little doubt that the man has acted in a violent manner, even though the otherwise meticulous media has still not told us his motives for this act.

  3. Second American Involved in Lahore Shooting Slips Back to U.S.


    Driver Who Allegedly Killed a Man Racing to Raymond Davis’ Aid And His Passenger No Longer In Pakistan, U.S. Official Says

    A Pakistani court has demanded the arrest of a second U.S. official in connection with a deadly shootout in Lahore, Pakistan, last month, but that official, as well another American official involved in the incident, have already slipped out of the country and are back on American soil, a senior U.S. official told ABC News.

    The American sought for arrest, who the State Department only identified as a member of the U.S. embassy’s staff in Islamabad, Pakistan, was behind the wheel when he struck and killed a bystander while racing to the aid of U.S. “technical advisor” Raymond Davis, who is currently detained in Lahore. Davis is accused of gunning down two Pakistani men in the street on Jan. 27 in what the State Department said was self-defense during a “botched robbery.”

    The driver of the vehicle held the same diplomatic visa as Davis, U.S. officials told ABC News. Since his arrest, the U.S. argued that Davis should be afforded diplomatic immunity as a member of the embassy’s “technical and administrative staff” and released.

    Authorities in Punjab said they sent five letters to the U.S. Embassy asking that the driver and vehicle be handed over, but have reportedly received no response. It is unclear when the driver and his passenger were spirited out of Pakistan, but a senior U.S. official said it happened soon after the shooting incident.

    Davis is still in a high-security detention center in Lahore and is expected to stay there until a court hearing next month, despite repeated demands by the U.S. — including from President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — that he be released immediately. In a court hearing Thursday, a representative of the Pakistani central government said Pakistani officials are still trying to determine whether Davis qualifies for diplomatic immunity.

    There’s lots more, here

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