Pakistani doctor jailed, family forced into hiding, for his alleged blasphemy

by Kal El on May 19, 2008 · View Comments

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Islam once again demonstrates just how tolerant is truly is.

PAKISTAN: DOCTOR JAILED ON ‘BLASPHEMY’ CHARGES

ISTANBUL, May 16 (Compass Direct News) – Pakistani police have jailed a Christian doctor after “blasphemy” charges incited a mob attack on his home last week in Punjab province.

Officials said Dr. Robin Sardar is being held in Punjab’s Gujranwala Central Jail. His wife and six children have left their home in the town of Chak Chatta, 200 miles southeast of Islamabad.

“This is the house of a blasphemer,” reads a sign on the gates of Sardar’s now empty home where a crowd of angry villagers gathered on May 5, Union of Catholic Asia News (UCAN) reported. The group bore sticks and kerosene and chanted death threats against the doctor, family members told Sharing Life Ministries Pakistan (SLMP), a Christian prison ministry.

“A huge number of Muslims wearing green turbans surrounded our house, most of them armed with weapons and wooden sticks,” Sardar’s wife told SLMP. “They were shouting ‘The punishment of the blasphemer is death.’”

She said that police arrived at the house after several hours and used a ladder to climb the property wall and transport Sardar to safety.

District Coordination Officer Ibrar Mirza confirmed that police had rescued Sardar from an angry mob.

“When people are a bit incited, they can do anything,” Mirza said.

That is true, anytime someone points out that islam is a violent, intolerant cult, muslims always react with violence and intolerance – see the Pope’s 2006 comments about islam, or the Danish cartoons mocking the pedophile muhammad – as is their custom.

Local Christians said that the incident began when a Muslim vendor filed a blasphemy complaint with police on May 4 against the Christian doctor. Sardar and the vendor had reportedly clashed over whether the merchant could set up shop in front of the doctor’s clinic.

But a May 4 First Information Report (FIR) filed by the vendor, Muhammad Rafique, claimed that Sardar had insulted Islam’s prophet Muhammad during a friendly visit between the two men two days prior.

“[Sardar] began preaching about Christianity, saying bad words against the prophet Muhammad,” Rafique said in the written testimony given to police. “He also compared the prophet Muhammad’s beard with the beard of a Sikh.”

At this, Rafique and several friends came to blows with Sardar and attempted to force him to apologize, the FIR stated.

But Sardar denied having said anything against Muhammad.

In his written statement, Rafique called for the doctor to receive capital punishment and threatened that local Muslims would riot if police did not arrest the Christian.

Under article 295-c of Pakistan’s penal code, blasphemy against Muhammad merits death.

Now in hiding with relatives at an undisclosed location, Sardar’s wife Veenas said she could not return home for fear of new attacks. Neighbors have told her that members of local Islamist groups have threatened to kill Sardar if he is acquitted.

“If Dr. Robin embraced Islam along with his family, he could come back,” neighbors told Sardar’s wife by telephone on May 7, according to the Lahore-based Center for Legal Aid Assistance and Settlement.

No compulsion in religion at all, is there? Read the rest of this latest muslim mob riot courtesy of CompassDirect.

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  • Tonto (USA)

    Wadda ya expect? They’re frickin’ animals!

  • mrsoc

    No, animals are reasonable and can feel joy. These creatures aren’t animals. Also, animals don’t strap bombs on their children and celebrate their deaths by handing out sweets. Come to think of it, even viruses don’t do that. I’m not sure what they are, I just know I don’t want to be one.

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