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Incitements to violence, murder

February 25, 2011

A banner posted in Karachi by the 'Tehreek-e-Nifaz-Tableegh-e-Islam" calls for the death of author Tehmina Durrani. Photo: Zaheer A. Kidvai

It is disturbing to see banners cropping up at various places inciting violence and hatred against the author Tehmina Durrani, by the hitherto unknown ‘Tehreek-e-Nifaz-Tableegh-e-Islam” (Movement for the Protection of the Invitation to Islam). One of these banners is visible in Karachi’s busy downtown area at the beginning of I. I. Chundrigar near the Burns Garden (Museum) fence.

CFD demands that the authorities  immediately remove these blatant examples of hate speech and incitements to violence and register cases against those responsible.

Ms Durrani shot to fame with her book “My Feudal Lord” (1991), an account of her abusive marriage to former Punjab Governor and PPP leader Ghulam Mustafa Khar. She is now married to Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif of PML-N. She also wrote “A mirror to the blind” (1996), a biography of the respected social worker Abdus Sattar Edhi.

Another banner in Karachi terming Tehmina Durrani a 'blasphemer' who should be hanged, again by the hitherto unknown "Tehreek-e-Nifaz-Tableegh-e-Islam"

The current anti-Tehmina Durrani agitation appears to be an attempt to  “cash in on the blasphemy fever” as an observer put it, based on Ms Durrani’s 1998 book titled “Blasphemy,” a fictionalised account of a true story of a Muslim woman who is victimised by disguised evils in an Islamic society.

Worryingly, these banners call for Tehmina Durrani to be hanged and liken her to the Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen, who has been in hiding since 1994, after the publication of her book “Lajja” (Shame) which documented atrocities against religious minorities in Bangladesh.

See article by Farieha Aziz in Newsline magazine: Murder They Wrote: Banners by Religious Groups Incite Violence

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Shoaib Mir permalink
    March 5, 2011 7:06 am

    Blasphemers of the world, unite.

    If ever thought of, or are thinking of, blasphemy, also unite!

    YOU have nothing to lose but your fear!

    And a new secular world to win!

  2. Tight Dhoti permalink
    February 27, 2011 4:12 pm

    They can put these up, and keep them up because they have institutional support. The quicker we accept that bureaucrats, generals, judges – people who we know or related too, who have over the past 20 years been part of a policy to leverage religious extremism as a policy, only then can we begin tackle it. Why doesnt someone complain to the DHA, who claim that they are a “model” institution, staffed by “disciplined” army officers, who dont let anyone flaunt the law?

  3. February 26, 2011 6:28 am

    The signs started near the Airport, moved into PECHS, then to DHA, and now are at I I Chundrigar Road. How can people put up these signs? It takes a while to get them up, tie up ropes, make sure they are hung well … all in absolutely open, see-able spaces. Where is the Police? Why wouldn’t they stop people from putting these signs up … or remove them once they are up? And if they did get permissions, who signed those? I think it is the right of the people of the city to ask Police and City leaders to have all of these and similar signs removed and never be allowed up again. Any organization that supports such signs should be asked to remove them immediately … including banners that talk about Qadri or Aasiya or others while the case is in progress. That’s legal. It can be done. Let’s start!

  4. Najma Siddiqi permalink
    February 25, 2011 9:15 pm

    It should be more than just ‘disturbing’. If mad men are running wild calling out equally mad men under their influence to KILL, and getting away with murder, what does it say about the society that we are part of? And the democracy that we are so proud of? Does democracy mean that those in power continue to make deals and compromises with anyone just to keep their seats? In our great democracy today, we certainly have the freedom of speech (to incite violence) and the freedom of action (to kill as we please). Don’t worry, the spineless justice system will ensure that your freedoms are duly respected and that you get a hero’s welcome even if you confess to the killing/s if this is what the chosen mad men want… and if this ensures our newfound democracy.

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