Pakistani Policeman Shoots and Kills Minister Accused Of Blasphemy And Wounds Another Prisoner

ZafarBhatti2-211x300Flag of PakistanChristian Pastor Zafar Bhatti has reportedly been shot and killed by a Pakistani policeman, who also wounded another prisoner, 70-year-old Briton Muhammad Asghar. Both are in jail for blasphemy. Bhatti was a human rights activist fighting for the rights of Christians in the country. His death (and the convenient shooting of another alleged “blasphemer”) is viewed as highly suspicious given the past threats against his life from other prisoners and guards.

His family insisted that the text messages deemed derogatory to the Prophet Mohammed’s mother were actually sent from another person’s phone. It is an affront to the basic notions of human rights that someone could even be jailed for simply insulting the mother of Mohammed.

Asghar, from Edinburgh, was arrested in 2010 and sentenced to death in January after a disgruntled tenant brought police a collection of letters that described himself as a prophet. Asghar has a history of mental illness, including diagnosis for paranoid schizophrenia.

In Pakistan’s warped legal system, his lawyers were barred from attending the last few months of his trial and have had to conceal their names to avoid being killed by irate Muslims for their representation of an alleged blasphemer.

Pakistan continues to arrest and kill people who are deemed to have insulted Islam. Activists say that some 48 people accused of blasphemy have also been extrajudicially killed, including seven in prison or outside court. Lawyers representing some of the accused have been beaten or killed.

For many years, I have been writing about the threat of an international blasphemy standard and the continuing rollback on free speech in the West. For recent columns, click here and here and here.

Much of this writing has focused on the effort of the Obama Administration to reach an accommodation with allies like Egypt and Pakistan to develop a standard for criminalizing anti-religious speech.  We have been following the rise of anti-blasphemy laws around the world, including the increase in prosecutions in the West and the support of the Obama Administration for the prosecution of some anti-religious speech under the controversial Brandenburg standard.

These cases reflect the true purpose of blasphemy laws: to silence minority sects and religious critics in the name of a “true faith.” Fortunately the effort of Hillary Clinton and others in the Administration to reach a compromise on blasphemy failed, though there continue to be efforts to create an international standard.

Source: JPost

30 thoughts on “Pakistani Policeman Shoots and Kills Minister Accused Of Blasphemy And Wounds Another Prisoner”

  1. Another fundamentalist hell hole. We see what fundamentalism is here and there. Just listen to those who advocate killing the blasphemers here and there. Isn’t fundamentalism just wonderful?

    1. Annie – I do not believe in the concept of blaspheming and therefore would not kill them either here or there, at least not for something I don’t believe in and couldn’t define. 😉 Now resisting arresting is a whole nother matter.

  2. I take a longer term view of this. Killing off the blasphemers tends to make the atheists among them STFU. As a result, there is less societal discord and societal demoralization being spread by the faux know-it-alls and smart alecks.

    This is why Muslims are willing to fight and die for their faith. In our country, not so much. Does anybody think Americans are going to fight and die for the following:

    1. The right to an abortion;
    2. The right of two gay people to marry;
    3. The right of transgenders to use the bathroom of their choice;
    4. The right to burn the flag; and
    5. The right to smoke dope.

    Personally, I think if it ever comes down to it, the fundamentalist Christians will probably be the only ones willing to fight and die for anything in America. The rest won’t believe in anything enough to fight and die for it. The same for Europe.

    Sooo, the real question will be one only future historians can answer. Which type of society will end up on top??? I can see it going either way.

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

  3. Action by action, day by day, word by word it becomes more and more apparent, those that profess to worship god and do his works come only disguised as such. They are agents of the devil, satan, or whatever the opposite of good is. ISIS and ALL of the rest of self described muslims who follow these extremes are not evolving humans but retarded agents of evil. Take a look at all of human history and say it ain’t so.

  4. Breaking news Friday: Why Obama needs to reconsider pulling out US troops.

    Taliban storm Afghan district southwest of capital, 100 killed.

    Hundreds of Taliban fighters have stormed a strategic district in an Afghan province not far from the capital, killing dozens of people in five days of fighting and the insurgents could capture the area.

  5. Isn’t Sharia Law and Muslim extremism just wonderful? Can we please stop giving aid to countries who abuse human rights? Do we have no standards at all?

  6. Smart people need to find ways to stop religiously justified brutality. Those who practice it and condone it should be shunned by the rest of the world, whether or not oil is involved.

  7. Pakistani Taliban’s Stance On ISIS ……..We are one.

    The call for a caliphate, which ISIS paves the way for, will not cease. When the infidels and the apostates realized what ISIS had paved for them,
    they attempted to stop ISIS with all their power, particularly with their evil scholars, who began to give their religious edicts against ISIS for the advantage.

    In conclusion, the Mujahideen from Pakistan to Iraq are united, and there are no differences between them, and the names like Tehrik-i-Taliban or
    ISIS are nothing but a strategy of war and there is no a difference in belief. We are one.

  8. The Pope has spoken eloquently about the oppression of Christians. He has called for normal Muslims to speak out against the savagery. It appears there are none. All organized religion has serious problems. However, if people can’t see that Islam is by far the worst then they are liars, fools, or both.

  9. Eugenics is an accepted way in some countries to take care of your mental illness problems. I am with Justice Holmes on boycotting them.

  10. The claim that Christians and Muslims worship the same God is puzzling. Would an omniscient, all-wise, good God set his followers to attacking each other? It would seem not. But presumably Satan would. And so would many tribal gods.

  11. Police interrogate colleagues over liberal professor’s murder
    September 20, 201
    http://thepeninsulaqatar.com/news/pakistanafghanistan/300758/police-interrogate-colleagues-over-liberal-professor-s-murder

    Mohammad Shakil Auj, the 54-year-old dean of Islamic Studies at the university, was called an apostate in the widely-circulated message that said he should be beheaded after he issued controversial religious decrees.

    They included allowing a Muslim woman to marry out of her faith and to pray while wearing lipstick and nail polish.

    He was shot dead while driving to an Iranian cultural centre where he was invited as a guest of honour on Thursday, while a junior colleague travelling with him received a bullet wound to her arm.

    Auj, a recipient of a presidential medal of distinction, had been fighting a case against the originators of the text message campaign which began two years ago.
    (continued)

  12. Assassination is a better term. Probably nothing will be done to the shooter, maybe a slap on the wrist at best. Christians should avoid going to Pakistan as tourists at the very least.

  13. Mr Turley, thank goodness you are pointing out these obscene violations of human rights, and the ways Obama admin is participating in negative ways detrimental to preservation of free speech rights. Please keep up your heroic good work in speaking out in the many ways you are! Dr Steve Walsh, San Francisco

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