Move to devise Muslim world plan against blasphemous content

By IFTIKHAR A. KHAN

ISLAMABAD: The foreign ministry would circulate a comprehensive strategy paper dealing with legal and technical issues regarding blasphemous content on the social media among ambassadors of Muslim countries, who would share the document with their respective governments so that a plan of action could be evolved for the future, it was decided on Friday.

The decision was taken at a meeting between Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and ambassadors of Muslim countries based in Islamabad.

The meeting — which arguably marked the first step towards evolving a joint strategy to deal with blasphemous material on the social media — also decided that references on the matter would be sent to chiefs of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and Arab League.

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  1. @OP – The meeting — which arguably marked the first step towards evolving a joint strategy to deal with blasphemous material on the social media — also decided that references on the matter would be sent to chiefs of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and Arab League.

    Robert Firth #1
    Mar 28, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    And so night falls on civilisation and natural reason.

    . . Probably not in the educated civilised countries of the world, although disputes between the differing Islamic sects and other fundamentalist religions, will probably escalate!

    Fundamentalists like shouting about “joint ‘religious’ strategies”, but crusading fundamentalists don’t do compromises with other competing fundamentalists, and have all sorts of problems trying to resolve their dogmas with the practicalities of the real world!

    Then there is the fundamental conflict between use of internet technologies, and science denial!
    (You can’t build or run internet technologies without scientists!)

  2. @OP – ISLAMABAD: The foreign ministry
    would circulate a comprehensive strategy paper dealing with legal and technical issues regarding blasphemous content on the social media among ambassadors of Muslim countries,
    who would share the document with their respective governments
    so that a plan of action could be evolved for the future, it was decided on Friday.

    Those nasty blasphemous critics keep demonising those “nicey” Islamic leaders and politicians, who recommend Koranic bronze-age tribal behaviour to their followers and their national legal systems!
    Obviously (in their own eyes at least), their delusional views need protection from rational criticisms, because they will find this “offensive” and blasphemous!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-39499546

    A Malaysian MP has drawn outrage for saying it can be OK for rapists to marry their victims and that some 12-year-old girls were “physically and spiritually” ready to get married.

    Shabudin Yahaya from the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition said marriage could help victims “lead a better life”.

    Malaysia, a Muslim-majority country, has just passed a new law on sexual offences against children.

    Despite opposition efforts, the law does not ban child marriages.

    It remains legal for Muslims under 16 to get married in Malaysia under certain circumstances.

    ‘Remedy to social problems’

    Speaking during a parliamentary debate on the bill on Tuesday, Mr Shabudin said that although rape was considered a criminal offence, the rapist and the victim should both be “given a second chance to turn a new leaf”.

    “Perhaps through marriage they [the rape victim and rapist] can lead a healthier, better life. And the person who was raped will not necessarily have a bleak future.

    “She will have a husband at least, and this could serve as a remedy to growing social problems,” he said.

    He also said some children were “physically and spiritually” ready for marriage.

    “Some girls who are aged between 12 and 15 years have bodies like 18-year-old women,” he said, citing his experience as a former Sharia court judge.

    He later said his comments had been taken out of context, but that he opposed criminalising child marriages as they are a part of Islamic law, Reuters reports.

  3. Meanwhile Western state laws are attacking Islamic cultures which try to clandestinely operate underground in a veil of secrecy.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-39597062

    A doctor in the US city of Detroit has been charged with carrying out female genital mutilation (FGM) on young girls in what is believed to be the first case of its kind in the country.

    Prosecutors said Jumana Nagarwala had been performing the practice on girls aged between six and eight for 12 years.

    She was investigated after the authorities received a tip-off.

    If found guilty, she faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.

    FGM was made illegal in the US in 1996.

    In a voluntary interview with investigators earlier this week Dr Nagarwala denied being involved in any such procedure, local media reported.

    But prosecutors said she had performed “horrifying acts of brutality on the most vulnerable victims”.

    Some travelled to her practise from outside the state of Michigan and were told not to talk about the procedure, they added.

    Dr Nagarwala appeared in a federal court in Detroit and was remanded in custody.

    “Female genital mutilation constitutes a particularly brutal form of violence against women and girls. It is also a serious federal felony in the United States,” acting US attorney Daniel Lemisch said.

    “The practice has no place in modern society and those who perform FGM on minors will be held accountable under federal law.”

    The first recorded case of FGM in the US was in 2006, when an Ethiopian immigrant was jailed for 10 years for aggravated battery and cruelty to children for mutilating his two-year-old daughter five years earlier with a pair of scissors.

    In 2012 the US authorities said more than 500,000 women and girls in the country had either been subjected to FGM or were at risk of it.

    About 200 million girls and women around the world have suffered some form of FGM, the UN says, with half living in Egypt, Ethiopia and Indonesia, the UN says.

  4. Those god-delusions really, really, really, can’t take any criticism calmly!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-39593302

    A university student in Pakistan accused of blasphemy against Islam has been killed by a mob of fellow students on campus, police say.

    Many students have been arrested after the brutal attack in the northern city of Mardan, and the campus has been closed.

    Reports suggest that two young men were accused of posting offensive content on Facebook. One survived with injuries.

    Blasphemy is a highly sensitive and incendiary issue in Pakistan.

    Critics say blasphemy laws, which allow the death penalty in some cases, are often misused to oppress minorities.

    There have been other cases where people accused of it have been killed by an angry crowd.

    The murdered student has been identified as Mashal Khan, who studied journalism. Some reports say he was shot, while others say he was beaten to death with planks.

    “He was badly tortured after being shot at a close range… He was beaten with sticks, bricks and hands,” senior police official Niaz Saeed told the AFP news agency.

    Hundreds of people were involved, the officer said. Graphic video footage of the incident has emerged online.

    Police had not been investigating the two accused men, nor had any case been filed against them, and the mob appeared to have acted on rumours, the Dawn newspaper reports.

  5. Those clerics from that “religion of peace”, are stirring things up again!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-39600124

    The Russian daily Novaya Gazeta says it is alarmed by a Chechen Muslim call for “retribution” after the paper reported violence against gay men in Chechnya.

    Chechen Muslim clerics met on 3 April, two days after the paper’s revelations, and said the report had insulted their faith and the dignity of Chechen men.

    “Retribution will catch up with the true instigators, wherever and whoever they are,” their resolution said.

    Novaya Gazeta says it amounts to a call for “reprisals against journalists”.

    “We urge the Russian authorities to do everything possible to prevent actions aimed at inciting hatred and enmity towards journalists, who are doing their professional duty,” the paper said.

    On 1 April it reported that more than 100 people had been detained in Chechnya on suspicion of being homosexual, and that at least three had been killed.

    The Russian LGBT Network, in touch with victims in Chechnya, told the BBC that the report was true.

    Homophobia is rife in the mainly Muslim North Caucasus republic. Authoritarian leader Ramzan Kadyrov is fiercely loyal to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    A spokeswoman for the LGBT Network said detainees were tortured with electric shocks and beatings at a prison near Argun, 20km (13 miles) from the city of Grozny.

  6. further to #5 :-

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-39662450

    Two more arrested in Michigan in first FGM prosecution in US

    A Michigan doctor and his wife have been arrested in connection with the first ever prosecution for female genital mutilation (FGM) in the US.

    Dr Fakhruddin Attar, 53, and Farida Attar, 50, are charged with conspiracy to perform the banned surgery at their medical clinic in a Detroit suburb.

    They allegedly conspired with emergency room doctor, Jumana Nagarwala, who was arrested last week.

    Two girls who underwent the procedure identified Mrs Attar and Ms Nagarwala.

    The couple were arrested on Friday morning, and are expected to appear in court later today on charges of conspiracy to commit female genital mutilation and aiding and abetting female genital mutilation.

    A seven-year-old girl from the neighbouring state of Minnesota told a child forensic interviewer that she had been brought to the couple’s Burhani Medical Clinic in Livonia for a “special girls’ trip”.

    The girl, who has been removed from home by child protective services, said she and another girl were told by their mothers they had to go to the doctor to “get the germs out”.

    On 11 April, a medical examiner in Minnesota inspected both girls and confirmed they had undergone genital surgery, which caused them much pain.

    The couple is alleged to have allowed Ms Nagarwala access to the clinic, where she worked with Mrs Attar to perform the operation on girls between the ages of six to eight.

    Local media have identified the three arrested as members of a small sect of Shia Islam that has been linked to Australia’s first FGM case.

    FBI and Department of Homeland Security officials suspect that there may be more victims of FGM in the Detroit area.

  7. The legal authorities still need to get their act together in tackling this problem arising from religious and cultural delusional beliefs!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-39630199

    FGM: 123 victims treated in Wales last year, figures show

    A case of female genital mutilation was discovered every three days, on average, by maternity staff in Wales last year.

    New figures obtained by BBC Wales show 123 victims of FGM were found by midwives or maternity doctors in 2016.

    A further 44 children under the age of 18 were highlighted as vulnerable to the practice.

    Charity Welsh Women’s Aid said figures showed just the “tip of the iceberg”.

    It added there needed to be “national and local support” to tackle the problem.

    An estimated 200 million women and girls worldwide are affected by FGM.

    In 2014-15, charity Bawso supported 788 families affected by FGM in Wales which, according to the World Health Organization, involves “the partial or total removal of the female external genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons”.

    Campaigners have warned teachers should be aware young girls may be taken abroad in summer holidays to undergo FGM as it takes up to four weeks to heal, with the fear it can be done before a girl returns to school at the start of the autumn term.

    It has been illegal to carry out FGM in the UK since 1985, but there has not been a single successful prosecution.

    A Cardiff Council report said two cases are currently being investigated by the Crown Prosecution Service in Wales.

    No orders to protect young girls and women at risk of female genital mutilation have been made in Wales.

  8. Meanwhile where that that “religion of peace” dominates, there are also attacks on gay men – with the courts joining in blaming victims and heaping on further abuse!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-39996224

    Two men have been caned 83 times each in the Indonesian province of Aceh after being caught having sex.

    The men stood on stage in white gowns praying while a team of hooded men lashed their backs with a cane.

    The pair, aged 20 and 23, were found in bed together by vigilantes who entered their private accommodation in March. They have not been identified.

    Gay sex is not illegal in most of Indonesia but it is in Aceh, the only province which exercises Islamic law.

    It is the first time gay men have been caned under Sharia law in the province.

    The punishment was delivered outside a mosque in the provincial capital of Banda Aceh.

    A large crowd of observers cheered as the caning took place.
    “Let this be a lesson to you,” one of the men watching cried out. “Do it harder,” another man yelled.

    People may recall, that Banda Aceh was where “god sent a Boxing-day tsunami”, because the people were relaxing on beaches and not regularly attending mosques: – at least that is the explanations according to the local imams!

    Aceh was granted special rights to introduce its own stricter Islamic laws more than a decade ago, and has become increasingly conservative in recent years.

    Strict laws against homosexuality were passed in 2014 and came into effect the following year.

    In the past public caning sentences have been handed down only for gambling and drinking alcohol.

    Indonesia has historically largely been tolerant of homosexuality, but has witnessed increasing official and social hostility towards its small and low-profile LGBTQ community in recent years.

    Before their arrest, the men had been beaten up by a crowd of vigilantes.

    ‘He was terrified’ – Rebecca Henschke, BBC News, Banda Aceh

    I met one of the young men in jail a day before the caning, the first journalist to speak to him.
    He was terrified and his whole body was shaking. He was thin, pale and had a red rash on his skin.

    Inmates surrounded us with intimidating glares as we tried to talk. I thought we were going to be speaking in a private room, but he was not granted that.

    Before neighbourhood vigilantes broke down the door to his rented room, he was in his final years of a medical degree – his plan was to be a doctor. Now we are told the university has kicked him out.

    Videos of the raid that caught him and his partner having sex have been widely shared online. In the mobile phone footage they are both naked, pleading for help.

    Those darned doctors who study biology, medicine, and geology, keep blasphemously challenging the “superior knowledge” of the imams with their “Islamic education”!

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