Mob Burns Girls’ School in Pakistani City over Alleged Blasphemy

Taha Siddiqui, Christian Science Monitor, November 1, 2012

A mob attacked a girls’ school in the city of LahorePakistan, Wednesday, demanding that teachers hand over the principal and a teacherafter rumors emerged that the teacher had insulted the prophet Muhammad.

Though it is unclear just what the teacher said, more than 200 people ransacked the school, set a nearby car on fire, and graffitied the phrase “school management are blasphemers” on the wall of the Farooqi Girls’s High School, which is considered one of the better schools in Lahore.

The police arrested the principal, Asim Farooqi, on blasphemy charges, which carries the death sentence in Pakistan. The accused teacher, Arfa Iftikhar, has reportedly gone into hiding.

Analysts say that the fact that that the incident happened in Lahore, the cultural capital of Pakistan, raises serious concerns about the lack of control Pakistani authorities have over extremist elements even in progressive parts of the country.

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Some say the blasphemy law is increasingly being used by right -wing groups to undermine moderate discourse in Pakistan.

“This has been done to serve some other vested interests, and we have demanded that Chief Minister of Punjab set up a commission to investigate the real reasons behind this,” says Adeeb Jadwani, a friend of the school principal, and the president for All Pakistan Private School Management Association in Lahore.

Mr. Rumi says that teachers, students, writers, and intelligentsia in Lahore are often held hostage to “fringe lunatics” who want to impose a particular brand of sharia (Islamic jurisprudence) on Pakistani society.

An example of the increasing power these right wing extremists groups have was seen earlier this year when Pakistan’s largest art school’s annual publication was banned, and writers and artists were booked under the blasphemy law for publishing art “objectionable” to Islam.

“The tragedy of this situation was that the law enforcement institutions, such as the police and the courts, did nothing to correct this. And instead of providing protection, they asked the artists to submit to the will of bigoted groups,” says Rumi, referring to the case against artists.

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There have been at least four blasphemy cases against teachers in 2012 alone, points out Mr. Jacob.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SGDRDPUZLH2ESKW6LEVJY7UXZQ Robert

    There are only three kinds of peaceful muslims: Alone, Unarmed and Apostate.

    • MerlinV

      Four; those who have perished.

      • IstvanIN

         and those are the best kind.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SGDRDPUZLH2ESKW6LEVJY7UXZQ Robert

        They would be among the Unarmed but definitely not Alone.

        • Oil Can Harry

          Muslims! Meet the Muslims!
           
          They’re a modern stone age family…

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/QHZHFTD76KZBYTFYIPO4C4NI3A B

      But do you really believe that those idiots would behave any differently if they followed a different flavor of god nonsense?

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SGDRDPUZLH2ESKW6LEVJY7UXZQ Robert

        Romans 8:29
        For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

        Romans 8:30
        Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.

      • TeutonicKnight67

         Typical “throw the baby out with the bathwater” reaction. All cultures are not created equal. Neither are all religions

        • toldev

           That is Rosemary’s baby.

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/QHZHFTD76KZBYTFYIPO4C4NI3A B

          I agree that all cultures are not equal for humans as groups are clearly not equal but all religions are equal – in their absurdity. No religion can demonstrate it is any more correct than any other. One thing all theists have in common, no matter what flavor of god dogma they ascribe to is a belief they can live after they are dead and no longer exist. Religion is just a club for people who refuse to face their own mortality honestly.

      • http://twitter.com/Bison1776 Bison1776

         Sure, Christians and Jews do not behave like this.

  • JackKrak

    “Though it is unclear just what the teacher said, more than 200 people ransacked the school, set a nearby car on fire, and graffitied the phrase “school management are blasphemers” on the wall of the Farooqi Girls’s High School, which is considered one of the better schools in Lahore.”

    We think blacks are prone to believe the most ridiculous, patently absurd conspiracy theories (which they certainly are – CIA selling crack, various products sterilizing them, etc. ) but they have NOTHING on the Muslim world. They will believe stories that would make even La’Shondarious and Quan’tavious laugh. This is why the Muslim world is forever stuck in the fourth century – they are incapable as a culture of any kind of intellectual progress.

    • http://twitter.com/Bison1776 Bison1776

      There may be about 1.5 billion Muslims on the earth, and maybe 500 million of them due to foreign aid handouts from the Christian West, as well as governmental financial assistance for those who immigrate to the West.  We continue to feed them to our great danger, such as with the billion or so dollars we annually give Pakistan, for which they reward us by sentencing the doctor who helped us get bin Laden to 33 years prison.

      Left to their own “tear down everything when someone is rumored to have said something blasphemous” and “women must not become educated” devices, intolerant strains of Muslims just cannot compete with other religions that allow their people to develop.  We should just let the Darwinism run its course in such regions where Talibanism is prevalent.  Eventually, such people will perish due to lack of food, leaving other religions, or more tolerant strains of Islam to take their place–we don’t have to lift a finger.  Darwinism is the best way to combat the Taliban–it’s when you feed them, as Western aid agencies were doing in Afghanistan prior to 9/11, that you end up perpetuating their evil strain bringing disaster to the West as well as continuing the torment in those poorer regions.

  • IstvanIN

    One can be executed for making a transcription error?  Now that is how to ensure quality work!  We need millions more of these people to fix our country.

  • FourFooted_Messiah

    “Blasphemy” in Islam constitutes girls learning anything, and any kind of art that looks like something other than random squiggles.

    Pakistanis in particular are the worst of ‘em all.  The rest of my thoughts about them can’t be said in public.
     

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FWMCMK6U5OWRHYIYJAF2TPFL2U thomas

    “Analysts say that the fact that that the incident happened in Lahore, the cultural capital of Pakistan, raises serious concerns about the lack of control Pakistani authorities have over extremist elements even in progressive parts of the country.”
     
    There’s that word again “extremist,” which is always useds to excuse the behavior of these
    maniacs.  In reality, this is just
    another euphemism to describe the fanatical tendencies of your everyday muslim.
    Moreover, anything  prone to produce such “extremism”should be banned in the western world.

    • jack ryan

      France seems to be the best Western country to handle NW Muslim mobs, terror – just counter the nasty things Muslims do.

      There is no debate in France with Liberals or Libertarians insisting that Arab/Black/Paki Muslim men have “rights” to riot over some YouTube video or these Muslims have cultural rights to have their women dress in Black tents. 

      The French have great flash mobs (yeah, our people taking to the streets to do flash mobs!) to publicly eat pork sausauge and drink French wine in France as Arab Muslim men publicly pray to some town in Saudi Arabia.

      Whites in France take the position that – “this is France” – our turf, our way. If you try to change French culture or do backward Muslim things, mobs of White French people come to the streets and the French army is near by to put down any Muslim violence.

      That’s the only thing that works.

      • Puggg

        France has plenty of liberals and left wingers who are making quite a big fuss over the country’s anti-burqua laws.

  • Puggg

    I think MSM uses “extremist” to confound the non-white Muslim issue, and to conflate “extremism” on the part of Muslims with the “real” extremism we’re all supposed to oppose, those evil right wingers.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/QHZHFTD76KZBYTFYIPO4C4NI3A B

    Blasphemy: Exposing the fraud that is religion. 

  • Frank

    These people are uncivilized , but under Obama you can be sure we will get more of them.  They supported him on Nov. 6 by 80%.