PPP leader faces legal proceedings for `blasphemous` remarks

A prominent leader of the ruling Pakistani People`s Party may be booked under controversial blasphemy laws.

Lahore: A prominent leader of the ruling
Pakistani People`s Party may be booked under controversial
blasphemy laws for her comments on Hazrat Umar, the second
Caliph of the Muslims.

A Pakistani court yesterday summoned the station house
officer of Nishtar Town in Lahore in response to a petition
against the non-registration of an FIR against PPP
spokesperson Fauzia Wahab for her statement about the Quran
and Hazrat Umar.

Mehwish Chaudhry, who filed the petition, said Wahab`s
statement had "seriously hurt the religious emotions of
Muslims" and amounted to "blasphemy".

Wahab had told the media that Hazrat Umar, despite
being the Caliph, had to appear before a Qazi or chief judge
because there was no written constitution in his time.

She made the remark in reference to the apex court`s
order to the government to reopen graft cases in Switzerland
against PPP chief and President Asif Ali Zardari.

The petitioner said the Quran is the complete
constitution for Muslims and therefore Wahab had committed
contempt of the holy book by uttering "sacrilegious remarks".

A case should be filed against her by police under
section 295 A and C of the Pakistan Penal Code, the petitioner
added.

The judge summoned the station house officer to
appear before him on May 28.

Reacting to the petition, Wahab told PTI she had not
committed blasphemy and that her statement had been published
out of context.

Several clerics have also asked Wahab to seek
forgiveness from god "for her sin" and recite the `kalma` to
re-enter Islam.

PTI

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