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Old August 20th, 2001, 09:34 AM
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Dr. Shaikh Sentenced to Death in Pakistan: Victim of Barbaric Blasphemy Laws

ARBARIC BLASPHEMY LAWS IN PAKISTAN AN AFFRONT TO HUMAN CIVILISATION

The International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) is shocked by the conviction for blasphemy, and the award of the death penalty, to Dr. Yunis Shaikh on 18 August 2001 in Pakistan. Peace Activist and founder of the Progressive group 'Enlightenment', Dr. Yunis Shaikh has also been fined an equivalent of US Dollars 1500 by the Additional Sesions Judge, Islamabad, Mr. Safdar Hussain Malik. While a group of murderous and menacing fundamentalist clergy was present throughout the open court trial, thus intimidating the judge and the defence, the last two sittings of the Court itself were held in camera, and conducted in the premises of the Adiala jail itself where Dr. Shaikh has been lodged since his arrest in October 2000.

The civilised world should shudder at the news that in this century a human being can be tried and eventually be killed by Pakistan's brutal Islamic State for merely saying that neither Prophet Mohammed nor his Parents could logically have been Muslims before Islam was revealed to the Prophet. The other charges of blasphemy against Dr. Shaikh's remarks - supposedly made in the course of a routine class-room lecture he gave in a Medical college where he was a lecturer in Physiology - are equally ridiculous and malicious.
None of the complainants to the police were eyewitnesses to the alleged offence: the complaint was lodged by leaders of the Majlis Tahaffuz Khatm-i-Nabuwat (Committee for the Protection of the Finality of the Prophethood), a conservative organization that is known to have harassed and attacked non-orthodox Muslims in the past.

In the course of the trial, one of the witnesses to the prosecution was completely discredited, as it was shown that he was not present in class on the day Dr. Shaikh supposedly made his 'blasphemous remarks'. Unfortunately, even this made no difference to the judge. A Human Rights activist writes "the lower courts are always very scared of letting off accused blasphemers. Many of the judges have been bumped off when they gave decisions in favour of such persons. Why should they stick their neck out? Particularly when they know that a recourse to higher courts would be available to the convicted person".

Dr. Shaikh has been given a week's time to appeal in the High Court, as opposed to the 30 days that is usual. While so far no one has been hanged due to blasphemy convictions in the country, hundreds of Pakistanis languish in Pakistan jails after being accused of, or convicted of, blasphemy. Convicts are locked up in extremely small 'death cells' where prisoners can barely stand.

If we do not act now, Dr. Shaikh - the most moderrn minded of all the blasphemy-accused so far - will meet with a similar fate. We have a duty to try and save the life of this affable, peace loving and courageous Doctor who has a deep committment to the welfare and freedoms of his fellow citizens - some of the poorest people in the world.

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1). Write to your Prime Minister / Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Members of Parliament, urging them to put pressure on the Pakistani Government, asking for Dr. Shaikh's immediate release. In the past, some blasphemy accused have been permitted to leave Pakistan and seek asylum in Western countries. E Mails of your Country's Head of State can be found at http://www.councilfire.com/whos_list.html In many countries the Head of State may be different from the Executive Head. In which case, send your e mail to both.
2). Demand that your country's diplomats based in Islamabad attend the High Court trial as observers when the appeal is heard, so that the international pressure will result in a fair trial.
2). Write to President Musharraf of Pakistan about the contempt Pakistan's blasphemy legislation has to international human rights standards as regards freedom of and from religion, and freedom of expression. E Mail ce@pak.gov.pk
4). Write to your local and/or national newspaper calling for an end to blasphemy laws in Pakistanand elsewhere, and focussing on the Dr. Shaikh case.

Please COPY ALL YOUR E MAILS, LETTERS, LETTERS TO EDITORS,COMMUNICATIONS to campaign@iheu.org from where the international campaign for Dr. Shaikh will be coordinated by the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU), in close cooperation with Amnesty International and the Sea of Faith. We need copies of your communications to add weight to the campaign work.

Please spread this alert far and wide, inviting people to send support e mails for the campaign to campaign@iheu.org Details of Dr. Shaikh's case can be found at www.iheu.org/Shaikh Please recruit as many signers to the on-line petition as possible which will soon be set up on the IHEU website at www.iheu.org If you are able to contribute financially towards the costs of the defence, or if you can organise a protest demonstration outside a Pakistan Consulate or Embassy, please send an e mail to humanism@iheu.org

IHEU advocates abolishing of all blasphemy laws all over the world and strict separation of religion and state in every country, which aone can guarantee democratic freedoms to ctizens of all religious faiths, and those with none.
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Old August 20th, 2001, 10:06 AM
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Well why are you so bothered??...and when did you find time to read stuff with is not related to Upper caste bashing.Besides there is no news of any Dalit being persecuted...so whats your case?
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Well why are you so bothered??...and when did you find time to read stuff with is not related to Upper caste bashing.Besides there is no news of any Dalit being persecuted...so whats your case?
Viking pai,

Thatís okay buddy, we all hate the Reservations and quota things in India, but I hope this time Dalit posted something being more of a Indian rather being a Dalit, and I donít find anything wrong against the making Dr.Shaikh a limelight reason we all know what Pakistan is doing to internationalize the Kashmir, by singing the songs of Indian army brutality or minority depression in Kashmir against the bad behave of majority (thatís Hindus Ė funny isnt it, is any Hindu remaining in Valley anymore??)

When we all can condemn the distortion of Buddha status in Afghanistan, why not this ???
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Dr. Yunis Shaikh has also been fined an equivalent of US Dollars 1500 by the Additional Sesions Judge, Islamabad, Mr. Safdar Hussain Malik.
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after sentencing him to death?
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after sentencing him to death?

Yeah.
Now you'll ask, what'll happen if he refuses to pay the money?
Well, instead of using electricity on the electric chair, they'll use candles !!!
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BTW.. NYTimes has this in both its print and electronic version today.
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Old August 21st, 2001, 02:37 PM
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It's great to know that Dalits horizons stretch beyond just caste and upper caste bashing. Surprise ... surprise!.

Now hear the latest guys..Pervert Musharraf has banned collection of money under the name of Jehad in Pukistan. The Jaabastard(Jaabaaz) jehadis have already called this anti Islamic. Wonder what punishment will be meted out to the war criminal Pervert bhai!
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Old August 21st, 2001, 02:57 PM
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Thumbs down Pakistan has no law

They just wish to use religion to create fear in the minds of common people so that those in power can rule unquestioned.

Using religion to cover or defend anything works like a charm for these folks. Fortunately, however complicated and screwed up our legal system is, we dont have such cases of hanging just because someone says Hinduism is bad or Christianity is bad or Islam is bad or whatever...

Dalit, your posting about this topic is understandale as it is a humanitarian act. Well, but what can we Indians do? Pakistanis dont see eye to eye with us on anything... so how can we help beyond feeling bad that an intelleigent human being is being persecuted for voicing his opinion.
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Well why are you so bothered??...and when did you find time to read stuff with is not related to Upper caste bashing.Besides there is no news of any Dalit being persecuted...so whats your case?
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This thread is about crappy things happening under the name of religion in Pakistan... Lets not get caste bashing moronic posts here...
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Moderators and Sutradhar please note the starting point of hatred.
Thats curiosity at the most...I never said anything against the Dalits.I was just surprised that Dalits can think beyond just upper caste hatered. Well I really appreciate this post by Dalit.
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Moderators and Sutradhar please note the starting point of hatred.
and also how it is being given a hype....

Pakistan ke baare mein kya bole ab, khan baba are you here somewhere in some other ID??? koi jawab hai iska??? how about amer batooq, aurangiya et al??? no one around??? Cruel treatment to animals walo???
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