LAHORE, Oct. 13: The Tehrik e Tahafuz e Namoos e Risalat (TTNR) has resolved to continue its movement for the release of Mumtaz Husain Qadri, the killer of Punjab Governor Salman Taseer, till it achieved its goal.
“The police in Pakistan say they have arrested three leaders and several activists of the six-party religious alliance, the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal.
The MMA hold the PMLQ and its leader responsible for passing amendments to the country’s controversial rape laws.
Those arrested included three MMA lawmakers, Liaquat Baloch, Hafiz Hussain Ahmed and Farid Piracha, and a number of supporters.
Earlier this month, the Pakistani parliament voted overwhelmingly to amend its Sharia law regulating rape.
But the MMA believes the amendments are un-Islamic.”
“President Pervez Musharraf has opened a new and especially bitter confrontation with radical Islam by trying to rewrite Pakistan’s controversial rape laws.
These place an almost impossible burden of proof on women by compelling them to produce four “pious” male witnesses to prove rape or risk being convicted of adultery and face 100 lashes or death by stoning.
This law, known as the Hudood Ordinance, has been regarded as untouchable since its passage 27 years ago.
It also sets no minimum age for sex with girls, saying only that they should have reached puberty. A powerful militant Muslim lobby regards this code as sacred and based on Koranic texts and sharia law. No previous Pakistani leader, not even the country’s first female leader, Benazir Bhutto, dared reform it.
But Gen Musharraf’s allies in parliament sparked the fury of the militant opposition by introducing a Women Protection Bill. This would remove the requirement for four male witnesses to prove rape and set 16 as the age of consent for sex with girls.
Liaqat Baloch, the deputy leader of an alliance of six Islamic parties, pledged to mount a public campaign to show that “under the garb of this bill and women’s rights, the government is deviating from the Koran”.
A large number of protestors joined the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) to protest against Pope Benedict’s demand for repealing the blasphemy law, in Lahore on Tuesday.
JI Secretary General, Liaquat Baloch, who led the rally, termed the pontiff’s demand “insane and a plot to threaten Pakistan’s Christian minority’s security”.
Liaquat Baloch said that the Pope, demanding the release of Aasia Bibi, had been ignorant of the treatment being meted out to Dr Aafia Siddiqui. He also advised Christian leaders and Bishops in Pakistan to disown the Pope’s stance.
Speaking on the rally held in Karachi on Sunday, Baloch said that the party would hold another rally in Lahore on January 30, stating that the protests would continue till the parliamentary committee on the issue was scrapped and the amendment to the bill, tabled by Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) member Sherry Rehman, was dropped.
He also said that Salmaan Taseer’s killer, Mumtaz Qadri, enjoyed the backing of “the entire nation” and the “proud and honourable” lawyers would secure his release.”
In a statement here on Saturday, he said that the people of Pakistan had expressed their love for the Holy Prophet in the Friday rallies along with their hatred for the US and the policies of the west. He said the secular intellectuals criticizing religion should realize the grave consequences of the policy of hate for religion.
Liaqat Baloch said the desecration of the Holy Quran by setting it on fire or releasing blasphemous caricatures and films was open religious terrorism. He stressed that US President Obama should personally apologize for all blasphemous acts. He said that the West should frame laws banning all forms of sacrilege and blasphemy so that no one could target religion of Islam and its symbols and tenets.