Houston we have a problem. It all falls into line with vigilante Islam, it’s what keeps the people from demanding changes to Islamic thinking, on how one is to approach the Koran and hadiths. This murder has done more to derail the ‘modernists’ in the Islamic world than anything else. KGS
A STAR IS BORN
ISLAMABAD: The killer of Punjab Gov. Salman Taseer was showered with rose petals by lawyers when he was presented Wednesday before District and Sessions Judge Malik Naeem Shaukat by police. The court gave Islamabad police remand of Malik Mumtaz Qadri for a day
Qadri was brought to court in an armored car. A rowdy crowd slapped him on the back and kissed him as he was escorted inside the court. The lawyers who tossed the rose petals were not involved in the case.
As he left the court, a crowd of about 200 sympathizers raised slogans in his favor.
Earlier, more than 500 preachers and scholars from the Jamat Ahle Sunnat group said no one should pray or express regret for the killing of the governor. The group representing Pakistan’s majority Barelvi sect also issued a veiled threat to other opponents of the blasphemy laws.
“The supporter is as guilty as one who committed blasphemy,” the group warned in a statement, adding politicians, the media and others should learn “a lesson from the exemplary death.” Jamat leader Maulana Shah Turabul Haq Qadri paid “glorious tribute to the murderer … for his courage, bravery and religious honor and integrity.”
Local religious heads, including the imam of the Badshahi Mosque, refused to lead funeral prayer for the slain governor. A religious scholar from Pakistan People’s Party, Afzal Chishti, led Taseer’s funeral prayer. Taseer was later laid to rest with full honors.
Ironically, Salman Taseer’s father, Muhammad Din Taseer, had led funeral prayer for Ilamuddin Shaheed, who killed Rajpal, an accused blasphemer, in 1923. Rajpal had published a book written by Krishan Prashad Pratap making fun of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).