Pakistan’s Daily times (Via The Jawa Report):
Police have registered cases against the editor and publisher of a Danish newspaper and several other European dailies over their publication of cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), under a blasphemy law that carries the death penalty, an officer said.
Internet giants Yahoo, Hotmail, and the search engine Google were also named in the cases for allowing access to the drawings of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) that were considered sacrilegious by Muslims. A lawyer who runs a citizensâ€™ rights group submitted the cases.
The drawings were first published by Denmarkâ€™s daily Jyllands-Posten in September. Newspapers in several other European countries later reproduced the caricatures, triggering violent protests across the Muslim world. At least five people died in the unrest in Pakistan.
Islamic tradition bars any of drawings of the Holy Prophet (PBUH), favourable or otherwise, in a policy to discourage idolatry. Lawyer Iqbal Haider, who runs Awami Himayat Tehrik or Peopleâ€™s Support Movement, had petitioned the Supreme Court against the publication of the cartoons under a blasphemy law that allows the death penalty for anyone guilty of insulting the Holy Prophet (PBUH) or the holy Quran.
Cases were registered on Tuesday against Jyllands-Posten, its editor, publisher, a cartoonist, and newspapers in France, Italy, Ireland, Norway and the Netherlands at a police station in Karachi on the courtâ€™s orders, said Tariq Malik, an official at the station.
Flap is sorry he wasn’t named as a co-defendant.
How MORONIC is this?
What is more MORONIC is the loss of life and property as the result of the protests.
Don’t expect this to go anywhere, but still, it says a lot.
Asia News adds this to the initial AP piece:
Since 1996, the year the law entered into force, dozens of Christians have been killed for defaming Islam, 560 people were charged with the crime and 30 are awaiting judgment. Often the law is used to settle personal scores.
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