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-Throwaway Business Card and Go to Jail for Blasphemy?

by Dr. D ~ December 14th, 2010

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This is one of those incredible stories that can only happen in the Middle East and particularly in Pakistan.

A Pakistani doctor sits in Jail today awaiting his trial for a charge of blasphemy because he threw away the business card of a pharmaceutical salesman named Muhammed:

Naushad Walyani, a doctor, is in prison for a seemingly trivial gesture. A pharmaceutical salesman, Muhammed Faizan, visited him on December 9 to sell certain products. The doctor ”after taking the business card of the sales representative threw it in the trash” writes a local newspaper. Clearly annoyed by the gesture, Faizan returned later with some colleagues to “teach the doctor a lesson”. A violent quarrel broke out between the two.

The agent threatened to report the doctor for blasphemy for not respecting the sacred name engraved on the business card. According to local media reports, on December 10 Faizal’s colleagues attacked the doctor, who, following a complaint to police under the Blasphemy Act was arrested and is now awaiting trial. His apology and the assurance that he “had no intention of insulting the Prophet by throwing the card in the trash’ has served no purpose. The complaint was supported by local religious leaders.

Response: Now the blasphemy law applies to those who merely insult one with the name- ‘Muhammed’? Half the men in Pakistan have that first name. The crazy part is that this arrest was supported by the local religious leaders.

Meanwhile Muslims are demanding that the United Nations pass a blasphemy law so that all of us can be subjected to these kind of crazy legal charges. Though it would presumably be unconstitutional in the USA.           *Top of the Blog

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