Incitements to violence, murder
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.
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