Vol. III Issue. 43
Arsonists are not Prophet Lovers?
Shahid Raheem
29 September 2012

Islamabad: Daily Jasarat / Jang, September 25, 2012. In its editorial, the daily condemned those who burnt public property in the name of protesting against the anti-Islamic movie. Such acts of arson were not in the interest of the community or the country. The cinema halls burnt down by the mob during the protests and riots in Karachi particularly were centres of social interaction. Generations of ordinary mortals and leaders have been frequent visitors to these theatres. The editorial called for restraint and patience on the part of the community. No one burnt down Times Square in New York because someone wrote or projected Jesus Christ in bad light. Such desecrations should be condemned and people have the right to express their anger through protests but such demonstrations should remain lawful. Hate mongers exist in all communities and by burning down theatres and other public buildings, the protesters caused more harm to the religion and community.

Taliban should not kill the film producer: Information Minister

Islamabad: Daily Khabrain, September 28, 2012 Countering Federal Railway Minister Ghulam Ahmed Bilour putting a bounty of $100,000 on the producer of the anti-Prophet film, his cabinet colleague, Information Minister Firdaus Ashiq Aawan said the Taliban should not kill the producer and instead help Pakistan fight terrorism. Bilour has so far refused to withdraw his comments which has attracted strong comments from the US.

OIC demands law against Islamophobia

Iran: Daily Ausaf, September 26, 2012. The 56-member strong Organisation of Islamic Co-operation (OIC) urged the international community to enact laws to prevent slander and malicious campaign against Islam and Prophet. In his address to the UN, Pakistan Ambassador Zameer Akram the widespread public protests over the film showed how important it was to enact laws to prevent such blasphemous portrayals and prevent violent consequences. He said such a law was neither unprecedented nor difficult to enact. He pointed out laws already exist to prevent comments and portrayals against Jews and Holocaust. He said there have been frequent cases of blasphemy against Muslims and it was time the world came together to punish those hurt the religious sentiments of a large community of people.

SC orders end to Death Squad in Balochistan

Islamabad: Daily Jasarat, September 27, 2012. The Supreme Court has directed the Intelligence agencies to put an end to "death squads' in Balochistan with immediate effect. The court ruling came during the hearing of cases of disappearance and extrajudicial killings of Baloch men and women in the past several years. There are as many as 68 petitioners before the court. The petitioners alleged that the disappeared men were first abducted and then killed by intelligence agencies. Pakistan's biggest province has for long been a bloody battle ground between the security forces and Baloch rebels. The court asked the directives to be communicated to the President, Prime Minister, Army chief and ISI chief. The court has sought their opinion on the subject.

No policy to register 1 million Afghans

Islamabad: Daily Khabrain, September 27, 2012. Nadeem Afzal Chan, a member of the ruling party, informed Public Accounts Committee (PAC) that Pakistan had no policy for registration of 10 lakh or 1 million Afghans who have been living in the country for several years. A few million Afghans today live in different parts of Pakistan, most of them without any official recognition or registration. Though most of these migrants live in areas adjacent to Afghanistan, like Khyber Pakhtunkhawa and tribal areas, several million are located in Karachi, Lahore and other urban centres in Sindh and Punjab.

(This is compiled and translated from Urdu by Shahid Raheem, Media Researcher, Observer Research Foundation)