Why a Modi govt. critic Retd. SC Judge, who is a strong supporter of India-Pak-Bangladesh reunion, called Pakistan a ‘Jaahil’ country

Justice Markandey Katju
Justice Markandey Katju

New Delhi, 22th December 2019. Justice Markandey Katju,
Retired. Judge of the Supreme Court of India is Extremely critical of the
divisive policies of the Modi government and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party.
He is also a strong supporter of India-Pak-Bangladesh reunion.

For India-Pak-Bangladesh reunion, He is organising Ibaadatkhana Unity Function all over the world. On Dec 8th the 1st Ibaadatkhana Unity Event was held by the Ibaadatkhana Foundation in San Francisco Bay Area. But now Justice Katju has called Pakistan a ‘Jaahil’ country.

Justice Katju wrote a short note on his verified Facebook
page,
Whose text is as follows :

Junaid Hafeez, a lecturer in English Literature in a College in Pakistan, has been sentenced to death for blasphemy by a Court in Multan. He was arrested in 2013 and has since then been in solitary confinement. Many lawyers in Pakistan distributed sweets on hearing of the verdict, just as lawyers in Lahore showered rose petals on Qadri, the security guard of Punjab Governor Salman Taseer who assassinated the latter.

It is not just the illiterates in Pakistan who are
‘jaahils’. It is much of the so called ‘educated’ class too. A Professor in a University
in Pakistan informed me that when he criticized the murder of Salman Taseer in
the staff room his colleagues stared at him as if he had physically assaulted
them, and some even threatened him of dire consequences unless he shuts up.

The lawyer who defended Junaid Hafeez was told by the prosecuting lawyers in the court room that he will not be alive on the next date of hearing, and sure enough, he was shot dead by unknown assailants soon thereafter. The lawyer who defended Asiya Bibi has fled the country. Defending a blasphemy accused ( section 295C Pakistan Penal Code ) is inviting a death sentence by the lawyer. And many of those accused of blasphemy in Pakistan are lynched even before the trial begins.

Moreover, it is well known that blasphemy charge ( of
insulting the Prophet ) are usually made for some oblique motive e.g, to grab
the property of the accused. Minorities in Pakistan e.g. Hindus, Christians and
Sikhs are particularly vulnerable as they are often falsely accused of
blasphemy.

As for the 5 million Ahmadis in Pakistan, they live in
terror, like Jews in Nazi Germany, as mentioned in detail in my article
‘Barbaric persecution of Ahmadis in Pakistan’ ( see online ).

So isn’t Pakistan a ‘jaahil’ country ? And isn’t this the logical and inevitable consequence of declaring Pakistan an Islamic state ?”

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