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Tweets Calling For Death To A Blogger For ‘Blasphemy’ Reveal The Ugly Face of Pakistan’s Society

Published on 27 March, 2017 at 7:20 pm By

While the myopic ‘liberals’ and ‘seculars’ in India constantly sing praises of the Pakistani society, a very high number of people from that very society bays for the blood of anyone who commits “blasphemy”. Proof of it was the hashtag #HangAyazNizami which continued trending across Pakistan on Sunday.


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A protest calling for the killing of blasphemers.

Ayaz Nizami is the pseudonym of an atheist blogger who has been sentenced to death for blasphemy. Nizami was arrested on March 24 and was quickly charged by a counter-terrorism court in Islamabad.

Many called for the execution of the blogger, with at least one of them even claiming that if he not legally hanged he’ll be killed by a mob.

 


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But some sane people in Pakistan retaliated by condemning the bloodthirsty death call.

They also question why Twitter was not stopping the hashtag from trending.

 



Being charged for blasphemy means death in Pakistan.

The charge alone is enough to attract mob violence. Minorities in Pakistan have been butchered and their homes and shops burnt by huge mobs on charges of blasphemy, often false. The latest was just a few days ago when a fanatic mob killed a seven-year-old, a baby, and an old woman from the Ahmadiyya community for alleged blasphemy.

 

A mob violently protests on the streets of Pakistan.DailyPakistan

The mullahs in Pakistan use blasphemy as a tool to target anyone opposed to their control on the society.

The radicals who dominate the society in Pakistan and exert immense influence over the elected government have been demanding death penalty for all the bloggers who write or speak against Islamic fundamentalism, the powerful military and the intelligence agencies.

Five bloggers, including secular poet, Salman Haider, had mysteriously disappeared and then reappeared after they wrote against home-grown terrorists, Pakistani military and ISI. Rational thinkers in Pakistan had pointed at the State’s hand in their disappearance. Radicals in the country are now demanding that they be punished.

 

Students of Islamic seminaries in Pakistan raise slogans in support of blasphemy laws on March 8, 2017. AP Photo/Anjum Naveed

Reports say that Nizami is also the vice president of an organization called Atheist & Agnostic Alliance of Pakistan (AAAP).

So serious is Pakistan about blasphemy that it officially urged Facebook and Twitter to reveal details of the users who post alleged blasphemous content so that they could be brought to justice – in other words, death.

The Islamabad High Court had ordered the government to be ready to ban Facebook in the country if the latter does not remove “blasphemous” content.

 

Protesters demanding the release of Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy, at a rally in Karachi in 2010. Akhtar Soomro/Reuters

On Monday, the Pakistani government told the court that the social networking giant has already removed 85 percent of such content upon Pakistan’s request.


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Since many of those posting such content are Pakistani citizens living abroad, Islamabad wants the countries where they live to deport them for punishment.

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