Everyone who denies that there are any discriminatory laws in Pakistan should hide their faces in shame and vow to shut up for the rest of their lives.
Five members of the Ahmadiyya community including four children were charged with blasphemy under Section 295-C of the Pakistan Penal Code in Layyah on Wednesday. The children, aged 16 and younger, were detained at about 8pm after a complaint by a local cleric. Police have registered a case Tahir Imran (Aged 16), Tahir Mahmood (Aged 14), Naseer Ahmad (Aged 14), Muhammad Irfan (Aged14), and Mubashar Ahmad (45).
According to the First Information Report (FIR), the boys are accused of writing blasphemous material in latrines of Kot Sultan’s Gulzar-e-Madina mosque. The boys are students of grade nine and 10 at the Superior Academy in Chak 172/TDA of Layyah.
First of all, there is no proof if it is boys who had done it. Ahmaddiya community is a persecuted community in Pakistan and I don’t think they would do anything like this which would divert undue attention. If we assume that the boys have written something blasphemous on the walls of mosque latrines, should we not give them the benefit of being young lads who may have been carried away by something. In my opinion, it is way small a crime if compared with the crime of suicide bombings which have killed many people and blew places of worship in Pakistan.
According to Daily Times, The SHO has obtained a two-day remand of the boys which is in violation of Child Rights Convention which Pakistan signed in 1990.
A group of lawyers on Friday announced to argue the boys’ case for free, while a press release by the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) condemned the charges against the four boys. The AHRC urged President Asif Ali Zardari to immediately intervene and order the release of the detained people.