Mumtaz Qadri: From Ghazi to Shaheed

Published: March 1, 2016
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The poster boy for the arbitrary use of blasphemy laws has been hanged. PHOTO: AFP

The poster boy for the arbitrary use of blasphemy laws has been hanged. His supporters have carried out various protests all across Pakistan. Members of the Islamabad Bar Association called his hanging a judicial murder and observed a “black day”. Tens of thousands gathered for his funeral. Many of them turned violent and attacked journalists and reporters even breaking their equipment. Some self-professed clerics cornered up and verbally abused Information Minister Pervez Rashid at Karachi airport. The government responded by not allowing any in depth coverage of these incidents and asked anchors to keep a lid on it.

But does keeping the lid on things help Pakistan change? Our biggest fear was not if Mumtaz Qadri would be hanged or not but if we will be able stop another Mumtaz Qadri from becoming ‘Ghazi’. So have we created the required deterrence with this hanging? Who was till yesterday celebrated as a Ghazi is now being observed as a ‘Shaheed’. So where do we go from here and how do we respond to the fear which remains?

Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri joined the Punjab Police Service in 2002 before becoming and elite commando in 2007. This resident of Pindi was the son of a vegetable seller. Little is known about his educational background. He was 26-years of age and had been married for only 16 months and perhaps looking to build a family life before he shot Salman Taseer in cold blood and smiled with content while he was arrested.

Overnight, an unknown man who stood guard behind VIPs jumping on and off motorcades to provide protocol became a household name. He was glorified with much more thump than he was vilified. His actions were validated more openly than they were condemned. Politicians revered him, lawyers wanted to represent him and police wanted to serve him as Mumtaz Qadri wore the crown of ‘Ghazi’.

We ignored rallies, speeches, sermons and campaigns in his honour and favour for five years. We allowed his influence to grow day after day. And we think we will able to handle the situation by asking media to now put a lid on it.

If the lid had to be put then it had to be put on the sermons of Hanif Qureshi who according to Mumtaz Qadri’s confession inspired him. His one hour 41 minute video is available on Youtube in which he encourages the gathering to riddle Salman Taseer’s body with bullets. In which he pushes the gathering to commit the crime by repeatedly saying the law doesn’t apply to us. In which he says that though they are not like Taliban who attack army and police personnel but they are no less violent when they feel offended.

Hanif Qureshi was granted bail back in 2011 and little has is known about the case which was registered against him in relation to Salman Taseer’s murder. What I do know is that I have seen him sit as a religious expert on almost every single big media channel where he has been acknowledged as a religious authority and he has been allowed to increase his influence over the past five years.

How do we expect to deter another commoner from becoming ‘Ghazi’ if we are not going to stop their brainwashing, their training and manipulation at the ends of imposters like Hanif Qureshi who cowardly never volunteered to be tried along with Mumtaz Qadri, who was happy to make Mumtaz Qadri the poster boy and sole target of opposition so he could escape blame as he seems to have successfully done so.

The effects of Hanif Qureshi’s teachings and growing influence are glaring us in the face. It takes a special kind of impudence and utter disregard for law to physically assault a sitting minister at one of the most secured premises like Karachi Airport within the presence of armed police guards, Airport Security Force and military officers.

So the next big question which Pakistan faces including the government, the army, the media, the judiciary and the people is, are we going to keep ignoring the masterminds who lead the narrative of intolerance? Will we simply keep finding content and evidencing rule of law by hanging foot soldiers?

Foot soldiers that perhaps in another life would have like to live as law abiding citizens, raise kids, build a home and play their part in the development of the country.

If we are to change the narrative, if we are to lead the fight back and if we are to spread the ideology of peace, tolerance and rule of law then we also need to show unity between our ranks.

I must admit that the special impudence of the radicals was met by a special kind of courage, resolve and grace by Pervez Rashid who remained calm and kept walking forward. But why does he appear to be bearing the brunt alone?

At this time my concern is not only that will Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI), Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and Awami National Party (ANP) stand with Pakistan Muslim League- Nawaz (PML-N) or not, but also that will the likes of Pervez Rashid find support within his own party or not.

The PML-N leadership has stuck its neck out by annoying within the same week self-professed clergymen from both Deoband and Barelvi schools of thought with first passing the Women’s Protection Bill in Punjab and then carrying out Qadri’s death sentence. The party now faces a divide within its own ranks.

On one end, it has members like Pervez Rashid risking their lives at the hands of another Qadri wannabe. On the other hand, it had members like MNA Capt Safdar who is not only the son-in-law of the Prime Minister of Pakistan, but also heads the Youth Wing of PML-N. It was only a few months ago that a video of him fiercely defending acts of Mumtaz Qadri in a mosque surfaced on social media. PML-N also has members like Pir Aminullah Hasanat Shah who in his capacity as the Minister of State for religious affairs has confirmed that ‘Ghazi’ is now a ‘Shaheed’.

This struggle is not and cannot be only the concern of one Taseer Family and its friends or one political party like PML-N. Progressive mind who believe in a tolerant and peaceful Pakistan will need to rise above vested interests. We need to think above any party lines, any media house dictates, any university code of conduct, any company’s corporate policy and any social norm which demands us to remain silent and ignore.

We must create awareness about the misuse of blasphemy laws and we must address the misrepresentations made by Islamic traditions on the issue of blasphemy. We need to support members from within the clergy for speak and support reform. Change does not only need will, it also needs a consistent push forward and the push has to come from all quarters. The Supreme Court has already hinted that it is willing to hear a petition for reforms by saying, criticising blasphemy law is not blasphemy. But the reform remains the primary domain of the National Assembly. We need to decide now on which course we want to put Pakistan on for future generations.

If we do not speak and act to stop the common man from becoming a criminal, we will continue to see ‘Ghazis’ turn into ‘Shaheeds’.

Mohammad.Jibran.Nasir

Jibran Nasir

A lawyer and civil and political rights activist. He is the co-founder of Elaj Trust, Pakistan For All and Never Forget Pakistan. He tweets @MJibranNasir (twitter.com/MJibranNasir)

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • siesmann

    Mullahs like Hanif Qureshi need to be terminated /encountered.They don’t belong in civilized societies.They blaspheme Islam,Allah and Rasool by killing in their names.Mumtaz Qadris are just pawns in their game of murderous frenzy.They inspire outfits like TTP, Al Queda,Al-Shabaab,ISIL and Boko Haraams and hundreds of thousands humans,principally Muslims are killed by them.Civil society need to reclaim Islam back from the hands of Mullahs. A common man is 100 times more Muslim than these Thekedars of Islam.Recommend

  • Rizwan Khan

    Mumtaz Qadri was used as a gun, we need to bring “man behind the gun” into justice.Recommend

  • Acorn Guts

    I especially agree with Jibran on the point that we need bring out support for tolerance from within the clergy.

    We have lost almost two generations to intolerant brainwashing and third one is on its way. They refuse to listen to other side and are completely oblivious to logic or reasoning. The only way to bring them back is from within. It’s a tall task but not impossible.

    Fighting the foot soldiers will only show our resolve but the real solution lies in addressing the mindset that produces likes of Qadri. We need changes at the core .. not a cull.Recommend

  • Fahim

    Thanks Jibran Nasir, I give you a point that shared a video of Captain Safdar and I was lost in his video. Kindly share full link, I will try to search it myself.Recommend

  • Kasturi K

    What shaheed? He took the law in his hand and murdered the very same person he was appointed to safeguard. This is how he dispensed his duty. He got what he deserved. The rest is politics cloaked in religion. Recommend

  • Sheraz Khalid

    Why Liberals like Sharmeen Ubaid Chinoaay are standing with Nawaz Shareef the spiritual heir of Ziu ul Haq?Recommend

  • Parvez

    You make complete sense…..Yes, the poster boy is dead but the cinema houses still run the same film.
    The blasphemy law needs to be addressed so that it is not misused, this at least is agreed by all, including many of the clergy. This is the job of the ‘ lawmakers ‘ who sit in parliament ……. now if only they would do their job instead of running after ‘ development funds ‘ to enrich themselves……matters could change a little for the better.Recommend

  • Alba

    I knew PMLn must have had some connection with Qadri killing their opponent’s posted governor that even Nawaz Party hated and looking for some reason to remove, like their two PM’s.Recommend

  • Tj

    Its really painful to see the majority support a murderor claiming to be representative of a person who showed compassion, mercy and forgivness more than any other trait. So its all jahalaat .. Where the majority cannot differentiate wrong from the right. Recommend

  • talha usmani

    Great point to raise, seriously these people are termites eating the minds and souls of people of Pakistan. I don’t know what Islam these people understand and preach even at the extreme ends there is not justification to kill a human being who is not a threat of any kind. This is unbelievable. If people really love Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) then they should really start following his teachings because I believe he would have never raised his voice like this so called lover of Prophet (PBUH) was shouting. Seriously is this a jungle or a civilized place to live.Recommend

  • Crikey

    Stop this appeasement. Take the mullahs on. People advocating violence should be arrested. The government should not be cowed, This is the time to remove the red mosque from Islamabad and close all related seminaries.Recommend

  • Eddied

    Very well written article that describes the dilemma Pakistan is facing with regard to extremist fanatics. this must be stopped if your country ever wants to stop terrorism…Recommend

  • Usman Khan

    I think he should have been given a life sentence instead of a death sentence. That would have saved a lot of trouble to a whole lot of people. If you ask me I am on both sides. I support him but than I support the law also. But than again if the government is not doing anything than people like Qadri will be born everyday in every house. Its a HUGE problem which can not be fixed by hanging Qadri. We need to get rid of our leaders and for once stop relying on our clerics regarding Islam. I dont know, if I start writing what needs to be fixed, I will run out of space. All I will say is may Allah forgive him if he has committed a sin. if not well than he is a Shaheed.Recommend

  • MUMTAZ QADRI

    MUMTAZ QADRI is our hero. In funeral there were millions of people.they are all MUMTAZ QADRI. I M MUMTAZ QADRI.
    And shame on media ther slogan was that they speak truth infact they are liars..this is realityRecommend

  • saeed

    God bless you dear Jibran NasirRecommend

  • Adeel

    Mumtaz Qadri is our Hero. There is no reason for any Muslim to live if Blasphemy law is not Safe. In other words it is the duty of every Muslim to protect Blasphemy law. Mumtaz Qadri will live for ever in our heart. He teach us the way to deal with the person who work against Blasphemy law. Mumtaz Qadri Zindabad. Pakistan Zindabad.Recommend

  • Uzma

    The fact is that far more crime and child abuse has been committed by zealots in the name religion than has ever been committed in the name of Satan. Many people don’t like that statement, but few can argue with it.Recommend

  • Uzma

    Zia Ul Haq is the reason that Pakistan is in such a terrible shape today. Pakistan will take decades to recover what that man did. We as Pakistanis are very unfortunate that Zia Ul Haq’s legacy is still continuing in the form of Nawaz Sharief and his son in law Captain Safdar who are ruling this country.Recommend

  • UzairH

    You are one of the few good and brave men in our country Jibran. Alas the forces of obscurantism are too strong, helped by a media willing and happy to play the role of hyper-nationalistic, holier-than-thou, conspiracy theory loving innocent victims of “foreign hands”. It is certainly heartening to see that the current Army leadership is finally focused on eliminating extremism, but they are not doing us any favors.

    It will take a long, very long time to cleanse our nation of dogmatic thinking, and that too of the worst kind in which just a mere personal belief is considering valid grounds for violence and murder.

    I salute you Jibran for being at the forefront of this fight against the forces of darkness.Recommend

  • Malik Qayyum

    Totally agreedRecommend

  • Yasser Irfan

    We as people of Pakistan announce anyone “shaheed”; we have lost the actual meaning behind someone being shaheed. We as Muslim state need to review and understand the difference between protecting and killing. I would never call anyone killing in the name of religion shaeed. People who do this are coward, brain washed, and lifeless souls.
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  • SamSal

    Blasphemy only applies on the people and scriptures holy to muslims?
    Or we can expect the same outrage if someone ridicules christianity or hindu gods or when someone harms ahmadi mosques, or when there’s an attack on aga khani jamat khana, etc.?Recommend

  • naveed

    indeed very bad for Qadri to murder Taseer but what the state killing 15 in Model Town,MQM killing 260 in Baldia Town.your heart seems to hurt a lot for Taseer but not much for Model Town,Baldia factory,May12th 2007 victims,why the hypocracyRecommend

  • naveed

    indeed very bad for Qadri to murder Taseer but what the state killing 15 in Model Town,MQM killing 260 in Baldia Town.your heart seems to hurt a lot for Taseer but not much for Model Town,Baldia factory,May12th 2007 victims,why the hypocracyRecommend

  • naveed

    same logic APS murderers zindabad,Baldia factory murderers zindabad,CIA drone pilots killing innocent people zindabadRecommend

  • naveed

    yes indeed but selective application of justice not right,why no justice for Model Town victims or Baldia factory victims?Recommend

  • Rohan

    You are the true face of Pakistan.Well doneRecommend

  • Jawwad

    Also Shahrukh Jatoi and Mustafa KanjuRecommend

  • Quaid e Azam

    People who glorify scum of the earth like Mumtaz Qadri are the reason we as a nation are suffering. Blasphemy law is a weapon by which the clergy of Pakistan are holding this nation hostage. People who idolise this murderer literally know nothing about the life and teachings of Holy Prophet (PBUH).
    Pakistan needs a 100 years to evolve and come out of this pseudo religious phase that we find ourselves in, Thanks to Zia ul Haq and company.Recommend

  • S.A Waqas

    In your whole article you never discuss the root cause of these incident, the problem is not Mumtaz qadri or another mumtaz qadri or Ghazi will turn in to Shaheed.
    Pak is a society where Majority is Muslim n they have strong emotion about Islam so its Govt responsibility to make the strict laws with implementation so no one dare to talk about against Islamic laws. when govt not fullfil thier responsibility then it given chance to public to take the law in ur hand.
    secondly Govt have strict policy of university, school, college curriculum but for Islamic knowledge they open the space to seek the objective of division on basis of religion so everyone get the islamic interpretation from Quran as he understand whether right or wrong.
    So its all about Political issue n Govt is sole resposible not Qadri.Recommend

  • talha usmani

    Please just explain how blasphemy law is related to Islam. Its a man made law and can very easily be turned and twisted. What does it have to do with safety and security of Islam and Muslims.Recommend

  • ZeroLoss

    Fascinating to see a once proud and ancient civilization descent into this state. i suspect the bottom is a long way down.
    Next big expectation :rogue nuclear bombingRecommend

  • Zh yusuf

    Respect for a murderer? Who’s version of Islam is that ?Recommend

  • SamSal

    I feel bad for the families of the real shaheeds!
    Calling mumtaz qadri a shaheed is an insult to the mother whose son lost his life fighting for the country, it is an insult to the jawan who spent countless nights guarding the borders. It is an insult to Imam Hussain.Recommend

  • Anwaar

    your hero was asking for mercy from President …. Why ?Recommend

  • Saira

    Mumtaz Qadri is the hero of all idiot Mullahs.Recommend

  • MUsa

    UNEDUCATED MULLAH’s use foot soldiers like this man to keep their cash registers ringing and stay relevant! similar to how the pope in the middle ages used crusade to keep themselves relevant. qadri was a killer he has made his creator let him decide his fate. and if like his supporters claim he is a SHAHEED!! then stop protesting and be happy he got the highest status no??Recommend

  • musa

    good for you. then glorify the TTP too they also claim to be correct and call everyone in pakistan blasphemous!Recommend

  • faraz

    Islam dosnt support killing people. He got what he deserved. Dont know why people like you support retards like qadri. its because of people like you our country is suffering..Recommend

  • faraz

    well said Recommend

  • salman

    Bro, please read a bit about Prophet Muhammed’s (saw) life. He was abused verbally and physically by the Quarish, and chased out of Taif by dogs and kids throwing stones. What revenge did he take when the Muslims conquered Makkah? Please do some research and find out for yourselves..
    I’m not going to take credit for this quote, but read somewhere today…”We are willing to die for the prophet, but not live like him”…Recommend

  • canpak

    You wouldn’t like to hear this but I must say that the mindset that you have revealed in your comment is one of the main problems that need to be fixed. In one breath, you say “I support the law” and then you continue supporting breaking the law with the most lame excuses. What was the government supposed to do inSalman Taseer case? There was not any case registered against him? And the problem is, if if there was a case registered against him, and there was a fair trial for him which would have aquitted him already, likes of Haneef and Mumtaz would have still taken it upon themseves to kill him. Please wake up. No matter, how big is your grievance against someone, you are not allowed to riddle him with bullets and then walk away smiling and thinking that nothing is going to happen to you. Alo, law is blind if it is applied fairly so the decisions made by court may or may not be according to your desired outcome. And last but nt least, you do support Mumtaz Qadri and his act as evident by your last sentence “if he has committed a sin, may Allah forgive him” first of all you doubt that he has done anything wrong and next you say even if he did, may he be forgiven. May Allah swt give you hidayat, wisdom and abillty to be just.Recommend

  • mazhar qadri

    History will write Mumtaz Qadri’s name in the Golden words with Ghazi Ilm Deen Shaeed. We Love you Mumtaz Hussain Qadri. Those who are opposing must read the book AlShifa by Qadi Ayad.(Mazhar qadri Abu Dhabi)Recommend

  • Rex Minor

    We must create awareness about the misuse of blasphemy laws and we must address the misrepresentations made by Islamic traditions on the issue of blasphemy.

    This is exactly what the book keeper- turned politician and Governor did and lost his life in the process. Blesphamy law is not a divine law but introduced by the colonialists to keep peace between different ethnic communities. The law must go and so do the do nothing Governors posts which were created to represent the Crown and this day represent the Prime Minster elect.

    Rex MinorRecommend

  • Zahoorul Haq

    Totally agree. Different laws for different people. Even one of our governors has 5 case of murder registered against him but where is the law.Recommend

  • Arif

    That is one hell of a speech by Mufti Hanif Qureshi it fires me up with a killer anger.Recommend

  • Zahoorul Haq

    Yeh I think you are right. Ziaul Haq should have let the USSR invade Pakistan and let them rule us. He can be blamed for all the evils right from the creation of Pakistan until this day. What a nonsense reason used by the so called liberals.Recommend

  • Norozkhan

    Wife beaters and killers are the biggest cowards, men who are afraid to confront people outside come home and take their frustration out at his wife and kids by tormenting them.

    Mumtaz Qadri always claimed that he is not afraid of dying but then he kept appealing his death sentence and even asked President for mercy, I guess he was a bigger coward, 72 virgin hoors in heaven must also be getting frustrated when Qadri was voiding to die.Recommend

  • nordmann

    @Salman. Holy Prophet (pbuh) ordered himself in his life to kill blasphemers. You ever heard about the lanati Kaab bim ashraf? Recommend

  • Fahim

    a lot of people thought about salman taseer in same way and they did itRecommend

  • Fahim

    Did he asked ? Liar, it was submitted and signed by his lawyers not him as he refused. See the Naat one night before hanging, how happy he wasRecommend

  • Fahim

    You should be worried about American/European extremism more than what is happening in PakistanRecommend

  • Ghazi Zindabad

    All those who are opposing Shaheed Mumtaz Qadei , actually don’t know the history of Islam…Allah will decide who was right and who was wrong….Recommend

  • kashan baloch

    wah Great!! Hum Ashiqe rasool hain AlhamdulillahRecommend

  • siesmann

    Ha!justifying a cowardRecommend

  • siesmann

    Only Muslims have the right to be offended!!they reserve the right to blaspheme others’ faith and religious personalities.Recommend

  • siesmann

    Yes,just like Chengez Khan, Taimur and TTPRecommend

  • siesmann

    Well,that is what other people say about your version of Islam,and you go berserk.what about TTP-they want Sharia,Isn;t that Islamic history?Recommend

  • siesmann

    People like you are the ones who are brain-washed Recommend

  • Amin Amin

    The root cause is religion itself, and nobody is willing to even touch it. Recommend

  • siesmann

    And yet Pak is a society that gloats on blaspheming other faiths;How about the law applied equally to that?Recommend

  • Saira

    Well we need someone like Kamal Attaturk in Pakistan. What he did in Turkey was that he gathered all the Mullahs in his country and put all of them in a big ship and drowned that ship in the middle of the ocean.After that Turkey became a much more advanced and liberal country. The plight of Pakistan can never be changed unless all the illiterate Mullahs could be abolished from this country.Recommend

  • siesmann

    A coward who murderered in the name of Prophet and Islam,and then kept begging for his own life till the end.Some ghazi?!!!Recommend

  • siesmann

    Salmaan Taseer was not advocating murderering people.That is exclusive right of mullahs and their brain-washed followers. Lots of people also think TTP is doing the right Islam!!Recommend

  • Logical Mind

    The real issue is that government does not enforce the Blasphemy law sincerely and properly. Since the founding of Pakistan, there have been many convictions of Blasphemy but government has acted out not even a single conviction. I remember form my childhood how in one case government facilitated the slipping of one such person to some European country and the case got abandoned.

    People of Pakistan, whose majority are Muslims, may not be devout in their deeds but their vast majority has deep love for Islam as ideology and especially the Prophet (S.A.A.W.). What should they do when the government does not take active action on reports of cases of Blasphemy? And even if the accused are convicted, does not enforce the punishment. And not only that, tries to let the convicted slip out of Pakistan. It is outrageous!

    In case of Salman Taseer, he was part of the government. He visited Aasia Bibi, condoled with her and criticized the Blasphemy law, even mentioning that he would get her pardoned by appealing to the President, even if her conviction is upheld. It was an open taunting to the majority of Pakistanis and outrageous, especially because he was part of the government who is supposed to enforce the law.

    As far as the Blasphemy law is concerned, the law is fine; the only problem is in the enforcement. All that needs to be done is that each case should be actively pursued and properly investigated and a conclusion reached. If allegations are proven, the accused must be convicted and punished. If allegations prove to be false, then the accuser should be taken to task and punished for false accusation.

    If government does not take active action on reports of Blasphemy, keeps letting the accused and convicted slip or does not act on the punishments handed to the convicted, people will keep on taking the law in their hands.

    If government had taken action on Salman Taseer’s rants, no Mumtaz Qadri would have taken the law in his own hands.

    Unfortunately, the track record of our governments in this regard has been very disappointing. And this government has left all the previous ones behind.

    Aasia Bibi, who was accused of Blasphemy and convicted by the court, she is still here, alive and safe behind the well-guarded prison bars, by deliberately delaying the hearing of her appeal in the higher court BUT Mumtaz Qadri is gone. From the perspective of the law of the land, both broke the law, and Aasia Bibi did so before Mumtaz Qadri but the law is enforced in one case (even haphazardly) but for the other it is not. How unfair this is!

    And to the secular extremists who are rejoicing, how hypocrite you are! You oppose capital punishment and vocally, but when it is given to a person that belongs to your ideological opponents, you rejoice.Recommend

  • Ali

    Actually, he never ordered anyone to kill those who blaspheme him. There are two unreliable and fabricated hadiths about him ordering the killing of blasphemers.Recommend

  • Ali

    Jahanam will be welcoming to qadri and his supporters.Recommend

  • Ali

    Salman Taseer was an innocent man. And no person has ever committed blasphemy in Pakistan, even before Zia invented the law.Recommend

  • sana

    you should get your facts right? Please do some research and find out why kaab bin ashraf was killed. It was his idea to poison the Prophet. He formed a secret alliance against the Prophet and his fellow men. Him writing offensive poetry about the women and Prophet is only a drop in the ocean of the sins that he committed that made him eligible to be killedRecommend

  • Dipak Mehta

    Rahul Gandhi from Ghazi to Gandhi.Recommend

  • Dipak Mehta

    This Muslim is a terrorist not Shaheed.Recommend

  • salman

    Yes, I have…he was of the jewish bani nadir tribe. And yes it is true that the Prophet (saw) had ordered him to be killed. But see, the “pro blasphemy” camp would have us believe that that he was killed for writing poems against the Prophet (saw), the Muslims and especially the Muslim women.

    However, there is more to it. Not only did he do that, but he also traveled to Makkah after the battle of badr to incite the quarish to attack the Muslims again. Now bear in mind that the bani nadir tribe had signed a peace treaty or convenant with the Muslims and ashraf’s actions would certainly be considered treason. So the reasons for killing him are not as simple as insulting poems.

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  • salman

    Yes, I have…he was of the jewish bani nadir tribe. And yes it is true that the Prophet (saw) had ordered him to be killed. But see, the “pro blasphemy” camp would have us believe that that he was killed for writing poems against the Prophet (saw), the Muslims and especially the Muslim women.

    However, there is more to it. Not only did he do that, but he also traveled to Makkah after the battle of badr to incite the quarish to attack the Muslims again. Now bear in mind that the bani nadir tribe had signed a peace treaty or convenant with the Muslims and ashraf’s actions would certainly be considered treason. So the reasons for killing him are not as simple as insulting poems.

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  • Bibloo

    Nawaz Sharif and his cabal are the mureeds
    of the Burkha Mullah. He threatens the destruction of the Govt.
    every wednesday, yet nothing is done.They made a deal with
    him. leave Punjab alone, and you can do whatever, with rest of
    the Sindhis, Balochis, Pathans, Muhajjirs, Baltis, Hazaras…..
    just leave Punjab alone.Recommend

  • muslimah

    RasuluLLAH s.a.w ordered to kill such people when he was the head of the state, but while he was just a citizen in Makkah- he didnt ask anyone to do any such thing. We have to see things in context. Merely taking an incident from seerah doesnt make it a sunnah- contexts have to be learned and applied accordingly..rest ALLAH knows best.Recommend

  • Patwari

    Agree with you. Well said. Remember, the head of a religious
    party, said, even dogs, belonging to extremists/terrorists killed by a drone strike or Pak forces are Shaheeds!!!
    Can you counter this sick mindset?Recommend

  • Nasser

    Spot onRecommend

  • Nasser

    People like you are responsible for Muslims plight due to such interpretationsRecommend

  • Nasser

    Qadri was a criminal and criminal is coward.May be hero for cowards onlyRecommend

  • Nasser

    QURAN very candidly commands the Muslims to not insult other religions and religious leaders thereof. Punishment for blasphemy against Christmas or mosses or Abraham ET Al is same . Although thiscapital punishment is only for MUSLIMS who ridicule the prophet.As per islamic law non Muslims do not deserve this punishment .Recommend

  • http://atrc.net.pk Khawar Nehal

    Those who incite others to kill in God’s name are going to be judged too. Just because there is no law against inciting other to kill does not mean God cannot judge them.
    This is what I have understood so far of what is going on.
    The inciters are afraid of the laws of the planet but not of God’s judgement.Recommend

  • Atif

    This man Mufti Hanif Qureshi should be sent to mental asylum Recommend

  • Rajiv

    And Pakistanis are too busy writing stories on India
    calling India rape capital of world…what about your own country(?)Recommend

  • Arsha

    People supporting and idolizing a cold blooded murderer….. Shameful.
    Just shows how little respect people have for their country’s Constitution and laws.Recommend

  • Adeel

    Mumtaz Qadri is our Hero. He sacrifice his live in the name of our beloved Holy Prophet. It is the duty of every Muslim to protect Blasphemy law. Shaheed Hazrat Mumtaz Qadri will live for ever in our heart. He teach us the way to deal with the person who work against Blasphemy law. Mumtaz Qadri Zindabad. Pakistan Zindabad.
    Shaheed Mumtaz Qadri mission will go on forever till the day of judgement. Every Muslim should do his efforts to protect the honor and respect of our Holy Prophet. Recommend

  • Rex Minor

    The alternative is to make arabic language compulsary in schools and those who are appointed as Imams in a mosque shuld be graduates in theology from the universities. The latter is now being followed in Germany.

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  • mRex Minor

    Your accusations have no substance. The whole Taseer Qadri affair was stage managed by the establishment, ending in a mass movement in Pakistan against so called liberals and elites in the society. Who would have thought that a security guard who was fully trained to kill will upon hearing the blesphamic comments from the Governor, will act and act against the one whom he was to protect?.

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  • siesmann

    wow!another conspiracy theory.Qadri confessed it,and gloated over it;and then he started inciting and ordering other people to murder from his jail cell..And all the Mullahs and their followers probably was staged for you.Recommend

  • Saira

    Tell me did Prophet Muhammad kill Abu Sufyan or Abu Jahl as both of them were worst enemies of Islam.He forgave both of them. Not only did he forgive them, Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) declared Abu Sufyan’s house as dar ul aman so that anyone could take shelter in that house to escape torture and death during war time. Prophet Muhammad forgave the old woman who used to throw rubbish on him. In his life time people tortured, beaten and abused him but he never harmed anyone in return.

    Real blasphemers are those who are denying the teachings of the Quran and Holy Prophet and who are supporting killings of children and unarmed people. I don’t think that this person ( a killer) deserved to be called a martyr. Nowhere in the Quran it’s written to kill a person who has done blasphemy.Then who was he to kill someone in the name of Islam?
    Nowhere in Quran it’s written that the punishment of blasphemy is death. This is a man made law. Please read Quran clearly.Recommend

  • Saira

    Some mullahs have already been graduated in theology.I don’t think it makes any difference. The need is to address the extremist mindset. As long as mullahs are in authority and ruling this country the situation of Pakistan can never be changed.Recommend

  • Humza

    Has speaking and understanding the Arabic language helped native Arab speakers behave any differently? The nations where people are native Arabic speakers and can read all religious texts with no issue are the worse at respecting base human dignity and are prime examples of anarchy. There is a deeper malaise that can only be fixed when people respect other human beings with basic human values. Has learning and speaking Arabic or developing graduates in theology helped lower the incidence of crime committed by Muslim refugees seekers in Germany or Europe? We all saw images of Arab refugee men raping women in cities across Europe over new years.Recommend

  • SamSal

    This means Asia bibi cannot be tried or punished, right?Recommend

  • Rex Minor

    Sorry, it is not the mullahs or clerics who are in authority but the foot soldiers who have gone berserk and whose actions are creating reactions throughout the land . You have Sharifs today and yesteray was the Ihe Indian born Parvez who followed the footsteps of the lunatic Haq of the army, none claiming to be the theologists or muslim clerics but straightforward elite soldiers, all trained as killers.Shall I go on with the history?

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  • Rex Minor

    Give the religion the break and give us a break too.. People who believe in violence and commit violence have no association with the religion We call this Evil and we should declare the evil.

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  • Rex Minor

    You are a hopeless case Sir! Late Mr Qadri is now a martyr and will remain so for all times to come, thanks to the establishment and the Taseers.

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  • Rex Minor

    The benefit of doubt must be given to those who rey solely on translations of the scriptures but are not familiar with the arab culture. Those who commit crimes will face the consequences as well, but those who want a new start and are prepared to learn and work, they have landed in the right place. Blessed is the land which has allowed one million plus refugees from the battle zones and blessed are the people of this land.

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  • stevenson

    Seems like you have the typical 3 rd World Mindset of seeing conspiracies everywhere. The government did the right thing by carrying out the sentence against a killer who took the law into his own hands.Period.Recommend

  • Ashraf

    Why should Arabic be made compulsory in schools? Would it not be an extra burden for students to master 3 languages i.e, Urdu, English and Arabic? If you mean that by mastering Arabic they will learn Quran in a better way then you are wrong. The teachings of Quran are not dependent on language barriers. Students could be taught translation of Arabic Scripture in Urdu and i think that would be much better as it’s more easy to Understand your native language than a foreign language.Recommend

  • sana

    oh shush it! It is not about india-pakistan here. you are such a troll lolRecommend

  • Rex Minor

    It is not feasable to translate with accuracy the divine scriptures in inferior languages. You have the choice to learn the language or be condemned to rely on others to guide you in your faith. This is not to say that people should give up their mother tongues but we learn additional languages which motivate us and broaden our knowledge.

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