February 1, 2011

News from the motherland, anyone?
"A case of blasphemy has been registered against 17-year-old Syed Samiullah, an intermediate student and resident of Mujtaba Colony Malir Halt. The charge was registered in the Shahrah-e-Noor Jahan Police Station, Karachi, Sindh province.

The incident was reported to the police by Professor Agha Akbar, the controller of examinations of the Intermediate Board of Education, Karachi, who attached copies of Samiullah's answers sheets as evidence of his alleged blasphemy. The professor charged that Samiullah wrote derogatory remarks in his answer sheets (Urdu, Islamiat and Physics) against the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be upon Him).

He was arrested on January 28, 2011 on the complaint of the chief controller (Intermediate Board).

The Judicial Magistrate, Central, Ehsan A Malik ordered Samiullah to be sent to the juvenile prison after the Shahrae Noor Jehan police produced him in court and requested judicial custody. In an application to the judicial magistrate, Samiullah submitted that he had confessed to committing the 'unpardonable sin'. He apologised and promised that he would never commit 'such a sin' again. An FIR (First Information Report) (56/11) was registered against him under 295-C of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) at Shahrah-e-Noor Jahan police station."
And a very good morning to you too.
*sigh*

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

That's really horrible and alarming. It sounds like Pakistan is taking a step towards being like East Germany, which, to paraphrase Borges, was a system so warped that it began to run itself beyond the control of the individuals who created it.

Deepak Iyer said...

*walking off to create a Facebook page*

Aneela Z said...

chalo, puppoo just found one more reason not to sit for his barveeh ka imtihan this year.

Thoth said...

Atleast you're back to blogging a bit. I think me and anon miss you the most when you're not blogging.

Xeb said...

Anon: Sigh.

D: That's right Deepak. Radical measures are certainly called for! :P

A: I laughed at that, despite myself! :P

T: Aww! How sweet! :)

Anonymous said...

Yeah to the above, ooops I screwed up I think it was Marquez, but it was one of the two! It seems Human rights organizations are a bit sluggish to publish stuff like this, do you have any explanation Xeb?

Anuradha said...

Yeah, this bit of news greeted me from somewhere in the newspapers this morning.

I'm really sorry. This is so sad. :(

Anonymous said...

Finally! Someone's teaching Urdu, Islamiat and Physics like they should be taught - together...