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    Religious extremism in Pakistan

    We cannot turn a ‘Blind Eye’ to the hastily increasing religious extremism and intolerance in our society. Sectarian violence and religious extremism is an unpredictable menace. History is sated with incidents of such sorts in various countries. The chauvinists and the evil minded selfish natured people are behind this repulsive act. Unfortunate is the fact that usually the Muslim countries are being constantly accused of promoting these evil acts and take ‘jihad’ in terms of terror.

    Read full article: http://www.worldrealnews.com/2012/03...mism-pakistan/

    Note: This article published by a Pakistani newspaper.

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    The Chauvinists? Does this include women?

    Unfortunately it is true concerning the Muslims, there have been Christian communities in and around the Mid East all the way to the east. For hundreds of years. Now these communitie are being eliminated one by one.

    One can take a look at Syria where Christian feel safer under Assad than with any Sunni Led Government.
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    Pakistan: Scores killed in hospital bombing..

    Suicide bombing at Pakistani hospital in Quetta kills 64
    August 8, 2016 – A suicide bomber killed at least 64 people and wounded dozens in an attack that struck a gathering of Pakistani lawyers on the grounds of a government-run hospital in the southwestern city of Quetta on Monday, police and doctors said.
    Witnesses described horrifying scenes of bodies being scattered about and the wounded screaming out and crying for help. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the blast but the government said it will trace and arrest those who orchestrated the attack. Nearly 100 lawyers had come to the hospital in the heart of Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province, after the body of their colleague, prominent attorney Bilal Kasi was brought there.


    A suicide bomber killed at least 64 people and wounded dozens in an attack that struck a gathering of Pakistani lawyers on the grounds of a government-run hospital in the southwestern city of Quetta on Monday, police and doctors said. Nearly 100 lawyers had come to the hospital in the heart of Quetta

    Kasi, the chief of the province’s bar association, was shot and killed by gunmen earlier on Monday as he was on his way to his office. The lawyers gathered at the Quetta Civil Hospital to express their grief as is common with public figures. Kasi was among the most outspoken lawyers in the province and was popular for campaigning for improvements in the lawyers’ community. “It was a suicide attack,” said Zahoor Ahmed Afridi, a senior police officer. Afridi said the attacker hit shortly after Kasi’s body was brought in and that it seemed the two events were connected.

    Abdul Rehman, the director at the Civil Hospital, said the bombing killed 64 people, mostly lawyers. He said they were also treating 92 wounded in the explosion. Two journalists working for Pakistani news channels were also killed in the attack, according to Shahzada Zulfiqar, the President of the Quetta Press Club. One of the survivors described a horrifying scene, saying there were “bodies everywhere.” Waliur Rehman said he was taking his ailing father to the emergency ward when the explosion shook the building. The blast was so powerful that they both fell down, he said. When he looked up, Rehman said he saw bodies of the dead and the wounding crying out for help. He was about 200 meters (yards) away from where the bombing struck, he added.


    Paramedics inspect the body of one of four Frontier Corps personnel killed by gunmen in Quetta

    Another witness, lawyer Abdul Latif, said he arrived at the hospital to express his grief over Kasi’s killing. But he said he didn’t know he would “see the bodies of dozens of other lawyers” killed and wounded shortly after arriving. Sanaullah Zehri, chief minister in Baluchistan province, said both the bombing and Kasi’s slaying seemed to be part of a plot to disrupt peace in the provincial capital. Sarfraz Bugti, the provincial interior minister, denounced the attack as an “act of terrorism.” Local TV stations broadcast footage showing people running in panic around the hospital grounds. Afridi said most of the dead were lawyers who had gathered after Kasi’s body was brought to the hospital. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif strongly condemned the blast and expressed his “deep grief and anguish over the loss of precious human lives” in the attack, in which several senior lawyers were also killed.

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    Religious extremism is Pakistan
    So Pakistan then.
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    More UN inanity...

    Pakistan, Headed to UN Human Rights Council, Expands Crackdown on Online ‘Blasphemy’
    December 26, 2017 – Days before it takes up a seat on the U.N. Human Rights Council – for its fourth term in the council’s 11-year history – Pakistan’s federal cabinet has approved a legal amendment designed to facilitate an ongoing crackdown on “blasphemy” on social media.
    On Tuesday the cabinet approved an amendment that will bring “blasphemy” within the ambit of a 2016 cybercrime law. That law, the Prevention of Electronic Crime Act (PECA), already outlaws offenses such as promotion of terrorism or speech that could “advance interfaith, sectarian or racial hatred.” Under the amendment, punishments under Pakistan’s notorious blasphemy laws will be incorporated into the PECA. The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) will be empowered to block information systems or social media sites if service providers do not remove content deemed to be blasphemous.

    Since Pakistani lawmakers last March passed a measure denouncing the circulation of blasphemous content on social media, the issue has gained attention in a country where offline speech has frequently seen citizens – often but not always religious minorities – accused and punished for perceived blasphemy. In April, a 23-year-old student, Mashal Khan, was lynched by a mob, angered by claims that he had offended Islam with online posts. In June a member of Pakistan’s Shia minority, Taimoor Raza, was sentenced to death for allegedly spreading derogatory views about Mohammed, Islam’s prophet, on Facebook. In September a Christian man, Nadeem James, was reportedly sentenced to death for blasphemy after a Muslim friend accused him of sending a poem on the online service WhatsApp that insulted Islam.


    Public service ads warn Pakistanis not to spread 'blasphemy' on social media.

    Pakistan’s penal code carries the death penalty for insulting Mohammed (section 295-C); sentences up to life imprisonment for defiling the Qur’an (section 295-B); and shorter jail terms for vilifying Mohammed’s dozen wives, members of his family, or “companions” (section 298-A). The PTA already encourages citizens to “report blasphemous URLs,” providing email, toll-free line, phone, fax and a physical address to facilitate the process. Public service ads running in print media warn people about online blasphemy, helpfully outlining the legal offenses and punishments. In its most recent regular report on government takedown requests from around the world, Facebook said that in the first six months of 2017, following legal requests from Pakistani authorities it restricted access to 177 “items that were alleged to violate local laws prohibiting blasphemy and condemnation of the country’s independence.” That marks a jump from 31 items restricted in the whole of 2016 and just six in 2015.

    Facebook says its policy on content which governments find objectionable is to restrict material if it concludes that it breaks the law applicable in the country concerned. Despite its record of religious freedom and enforcement of arguably the world’s most controversial blasphemy laws, Pakistan will next week take up a seat on the U.N.’s Geneva-based Human Rights Council for a three year term. Since the HRC was established in 2006, Pakistan has played an activist role, serving terms in 2006-2008, 2009-2011 and 2013-2015, and often leading the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) bloc at the council. In that capacity, it was a driving force behind a push by the OIC, the bloc of 56 mostly Islamic-majority states, to outlaw material, speech and acts regarded as insulting to Islam. HRC members are elected by the full 193-member U.N. General Assembly, voting by secret ballot. In its four successful elections Pakistan obtained 171, 151, 149 and 114 votes.

    https://www.cnsnews.com/news/article...ackdown-online

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    Quote Originally Posted by iustitia View Post
    So Pakistan then.
    Actually it's the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. It's not religious extremism there. It's how they are governed in accordance with their own constitution.


    All financial aid to this nation should cease immediately.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tahuyaman View Post
    Actually it's the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. It's not religious extremism there. It's how they are governed in accordance with their own constitution.


    All financial aid to this nation should cease immediately.

    Except possibly settlements to the families of the innocent victims of our drone bombings in our endless pursuit of yet another "terrorist number two man"

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    Shakil Afridi remains in Pakistani jail...

    Doctor who aided hunt for bin Laden remains in jail
    Tue, Jan 23, 2018 - Shakil Afridi has languished in jail for years — since 2011, when the Pakistani doctor used a vaccination scam in an attempt to identify Osama bin Laden’s home, aiding US Navy Seals who tracked and killed the al-Qaeda leader.
    Americans might wonder how Pakistan could imprison a man who helped track down the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks. Pakistanis are apt to ask a different question: How could the US betray its trust and cheapen its sovereignty with a secret nighttime raid that shamed the military and its intelligence agencies? “The Shakil Afridi saga is the perfect metaphor for US-Pakistan relations” — a growing tangle of mistrust and miscommunication that threatens to jeopardize key efforts against terrorism, said Michael Kugelman, Asia program deputy director at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington. The US believes its financial support entitles it to Pakistan’s backing in its efforts to defeat the Taliban — then-US presidential candidate Donald Trump pledged to free Afridi, telling Fox News in April 2016 he would get him out of prison in “two minutes ... because we give a lot of aid to Pakistan.”

    However, Pakistan is resentful of what it sees as US interference in its affairs. Mohammed Amir Rana, director of the independent Pakistan Institute of Peace Studies in Islamabad, said the trust deficit between the two nations is an old story that will not be rewritten until Pakistan and the US revise their expectations of each other, recognize their divergent security concerns and plot an Afghan war strategy, other than the current one which is to both kill and talk to the Taliban. “Shakil Afridi [is] part of the larger puzzle,” he said. Afridi has not seen his lawyer since 2012, and his wife and children are his only visitors. For two years his file “disappeared,” delaying a court appeal that still has not proceeded.

    The courts now say a prosecutor is unavailable, said his lawyer and cousin, Qamar Nadeem. “Everyone is afraid to even talk about him, to mention his name,” and not without reason, he said. In Nadeem’s office, the wind whistles through a clumsily covered window shattered by a bullet. On another window, clear tape covers a second bullet hole, both from a shooting incident several years ago in which no suspects have been named. Another one of Afridi’s lawyers was gunned down outside his Peshawar home and a Peshawar jail deputy superintendent, who had advocated on Afridi’s behalf, was shot and killed, Nadeem said. Afridi used a fake hepatitis vaccination program to try to get DNA samples from bin Laden’s family as a means of pinpointing his location, but he has not been charged in connection with the bin Laden operation.

    He was accused under tribal law alleging he aided and facilitated militants in the nearby Khyber tribal region, Nadeem said. Even the Taliban scoffed at the charge that was filed to make use of Pakistan’s antiquated tribal system, which allows closed courts, does not require the defendant to be present in court and limits the number of appeals, he said. If charged with treason — which Pakistani authorities say he committed — Afridi would have the right to public hearings and numerous appeals all the way to the Supreme Court, where the details of the bin Laden raid could be laid bare, something neither the civilian nor military establishments want, his lawyer said.

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