Saturday, April 23, 2011

More on the petition to reopen Ghazi Ilmuddin case

The Nation, Pakistan:

The petition has been filed by Dr Farooq Hassan praying for the judicial order to nullify the death awarded to Ghazi Ilmuddin in 1929 by a Division Bench of this court comprising English judges. The English Court acted with a policy to put a Muslim on gallows and without appreciating arguments made in defence of Ghazi by Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, and left a big lacuna by not recording the reasons why the defence submissions were not admissible, the petitioner argued. He says the old bench produced one page judgement skipping over the many steps. 

Reopening the Ghazi Ilmuddin case!!!!

Pak. Tribune

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court Chief Justice on Friday issued pre-admission notices to the federal and Punjab governments seeking assistance on whether or not the court could re-open the 82-year-old case of Ghazi Ilmuddin Shaheed.

He said the court needed to ascertain whether it had the jurisdiction to take up a case adjudicated before Pakistan.

Petitioner Imtiaz Rasheed Qureshi of the Save Judiciary Committee, had requested the court through his counsel, Barrister Farooq Hasan, to set aside the verdict given in 1929.
Ilmuddin had been sentenced to death by the LHC for killing a Hindu publisher who had printed a book insulting and ridiculing Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The Laws of War

Excerpt from "Religion and Politics in Pakistan", by Leonard Binder: 

(much elided, but I don't think I've changed the meaning).
Pakistan 1947-48.

"...popular feeling had been whipped up by the cry that the struggle in Kashmir was a jihad....

Perhaps it was by accident, perhaps by inspiration as members of Jama'at-i-Islami claim, that Maududi came to be asked whether the fighting in Kashmir was a jihad or not; but his negative answer created a sensation.  This was in May 1948, when the Indian offensive forced Pakistani regulars into the line to save Muzaffarabad.   After some pressing, Maududi declared that for Kashmiris it might be a jihad, but so long as the governments of India and Pakistan were at peace there could be no jihad in Kashmir for Pakistanis....."

Then and Now

Qaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, speech at the meeting of the Muslim University Union Aligarh, March 10, 1941; Archives of the Freedom Movement, Vol 237
Pakistan is not only a practicable goal but the only goal if you want to save Islam from complete annihilation in this country.
Fida Husain, 14-year old suicide bomber seeking to add to the carnage at the Sufi shrine Sakhi Sarwar,  Dera Ghazi Khan, Pakistan, captured after his explosives failed to detonate, April 3, 2011, as reported in Dawn
You all are accomplices of the enemies of Islam who are bent upon eliminating Islam and Muslims,” he allegedly said. ”If I get a chance, I will again strike as a suicide bomber.”