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‘Never any question of withdrawing bill’ – Sherry Rehman

February 3, 2011

According to news reports,  Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gillani has said that Sherry Rehman has withdrawn her proposed bill seeking amendments to Pakistan’s blasphemy laws. Sherry Rehman clarifies:

Islamabad, 2nd February 2011: In response to the Prime Minister’s statement that she has agreed to withdraw the bill, Sherry Rehman, MNA, said that she was not consulted about this matter, and had not agreed to “withdraw” any bill, but since the PM had announced there cannot even be discussion on procedural amendments, and the committee announced by the party to amend laws has been disbanded, then as a PPP MNA she has no option but to abide by the party decision in parliament.

“There was never any question of withdrawing the bill as the Speaker had never admitted it on the agenda. Had it appeared on the agenda perhaps some of our colleagues would have understood that it was not suggesting repeal of the law, but protecting our great Prophet’s (pbuh) name against injustices done via procedures introduced by Ziaul Haq. No Pakistani citizen would expect not to protect the Prophet’s (pbuh) name.

“The changes I had submitted were simple : that innocent people be given a chance to prove their innocence like in all laws, and that cases be tried at the Higher courts, that penalties be given according to the Quran, and that no one who makes false charges in the name of a Prophet (pbuh) who swore always to defend the innocent and the vulnerable go unpunished.” — Sherry Rehman

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. readinglord permalink
    February 5, 2011 12:24 am

    This is democracy dear, but of Yazidi style, whereby Hussain stands alone with only 72 supporters, facing hordes of the so called muslims led by death edicts of the mullah. Today, in the Karbala of the 21st century, in the remainder of the state named Pakistan, envisioned by Jinnah and Iqbal, converted into a ‘Republic of Fear’ by Yazidi Mullah, only three women, Beena, Sheree and Naseem Zehra, are standing in the field and ‘no birds sing’. ‘انا للہ و انا علیھ راجعون’.

  2. February 3, 2011 6:22 pm

    Transparency and fairness are the grounding principles of Islam and everyone has the right to seek forgiveness and/or prove his her innocence. We don’t want people from jungle ruling us…We demand command of reason and we despise barbarism and inhuman acts towards the weak, the poor and the vulnerable. We want divine mercy to rule and nothing less that.

    Keep up with your great effort…!

  3. ashothama permalink
    February 3, 2011 11:04 am

    It was remained our principle stance that religious subject should be distant with state affaires. And also politics should space from religious concern. Now more clarity desired in this course that governance has no business with others belief.

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