One person was killed and four were injured in a suicide bombing on a bank in Islamabad last week. The bank was targeted because the design on the floor tiles was similar to the name Allah, and the bank did not change the tiles despite complaints.
The bank’s president said the floor design does not resemble the name Allah and said, “We are Muslims and can never think of the disrespect to the name of Creator.”
Interesting priorities…committing suicide in order to commit murder over floor tiles…
Although the Qur’an-burning was repeatedly condemned by Christians in Pakistan, these extremists felt that the killing of innocent people was an appropriate response.
Is there no end to Pakistan’s blasphemy laws? Someone of your religion, halfway across the world burns a Qur’an, so we burn your church, we burn your Bibles, AND we kill you??
Bhatti, the Minister of Minorities, in a country which is 95% Muslim, was also murdered as a result of his disagreement with the Pakistan’s blasphemy laws, which includes the death penalty for those who speak negatively of the Prophet Muhammad.
This incident raises questions about how strongly the government of Pakistan is working against Islamic extremism…
The rally also supported last week’s assassination of in Islamabad, by his own security guard, who opposed Taseer’s criticism of Pakistan’s blasphemy law.
Death fatwas have been issued against other officials who dared criticize the law. In the past decade, 35 people in Pakistan who were accused of blasphemy or opposed the laws in any way were murdered in extra-judicial killings.
Asia Bibi, a Christian mother of 5, was accused of “insulting Islam” and “defaming the Prophet Mohammed”. She has been in Pakistani prison since last June, and earlier this month, was sentenced to death by hanging for a crime she very likely never committed.
Asia is being persecuted for her religious beliefs in a place where Christians face daily harassment and intolerance. Pakistan’s blasphemy laws, in particular, are often used to persecute religious minorities.
Help save the life of Asia Bibi and fight back against Pakistan’s discriminatory blasphemy law!