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Punjab Islamists mark Taseer killer anniversary in Maryland

Washington DC: February 14, 2017. (Ahmar Khaan, Israel Voice) Punjabi Muslims from Pakistan, avowed enemies of Israel and India, Sunday observed the first death anniversary of a condemned Islamist who killed a secular politician six years ago.

Death anniversary of Malik Mumtaz Qadri, a sunni bodyguard who shot his boss Punjab governor Salman Taseer 27 times with a kalashnikov assault rifle, was held Sunday in the Maryland town of Windsor Mill, 43 miles from Washington DC.

The participants collectively read the Koran—the Muslim bible— to bless the soul of the killer and sang hymns in praise of Muhammad, prophet of Islam. The ritual gave credence to the Trump administration argument that Muslims are bad news for the US.

The main reason Qadri killed Taseer was that the secular politician, a rarity in Punjab – stronghold of the jihad loving, nuclear armed Pakistan army that even today calls the shots in the country’s politics—was that the politician had been lobbying for the freedom of a Punjabi Christian Aasia Bibi, who was sentenced to death on a charge of blasphemy.

According to published reports, Aasia Bibi, a Roman Catholic farmhand in a village in Sheikhupura, 30 miles from the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s hometown of Lahore, drank water while working in sweltering heat June 2009. But she did so from a container that was used mostly by Muslim female farmhands.

Muslims in Pakistan, “Land of the Pure,” do not allow non-Muslims such as Christians and Hindus, to drink water or eat from the same utensils as they look upon non-Muslims as impure and inferior human beings.

When Aasia Bibi’s Muslim female workers objected and snatched the water bowl from her hands in sizzling heat, she reportedly told them that Jesus was a kindred soul compared to Muhammad, who hailed from present day Saudi Arabia and who critics say propagated Islam at the point of sword.

The altercation between the women led to Aasia Bibi being arrested, charged with blasphemy and sentenced to death. Non-Muslims have no avenue for justice in Pakistan where Shariah law supersedes the statute books. To help her fight against the injustice, Governor Taseer went to meet with her in prison, infuriating his bodyguard Qadri. The killer later explained Taseer was patronizing a “Gustaakh-i-Rasool” – person who insults Prophet Muhammad—and thus deserved death. A Christian leader Shahbaz Bhatti was also killed within two months of Taseer assassination for trying to help Aasia Bibi. The woman’s fate still hangs in the balance as her case is pending in the Supreme Court of Pakistan.

A son of the slain governor Shahbaz Taseer was also abducted by the Islamists and remained in their captivity for four years, but freed one week after Qadri was hanged.

Pakistani Muslims, especially from Punjab and Bihar in India, are some of the most bigoted followers of the religion of Islam and had played a big role in partition of India in August 1947, saying Muslims cannot live in a Hindu majority country India.

“They are spreading the same Punjab Muslim virus here on US soil that shows no regard for human life,” president of Pakistan Christian Congress, Dr Nazir S. Bhatti, Monday night fumed over the reverence jihadis from Punjab showed to Qadri in Windsor Mill. “Christians lives in Pakistan have always been worse than slaves for decades and instead of improving it is getting worse than ever.”

He attributed the plight of Christians as a bye-product of Pakistan’s state terror against people of other religions and even Muslims that are not Punjabis such as Afghans, Baloch, Sindhis and mohajirs. He said Pakistan is emboldened in committing human rights violations because of support from China. “Last year when India tried to get Masood Azhar, leader of the terrorist outfit Jaish-i-Muhammad, banned in the United Nations, China intervened to bail the terrorist out,” he said.

Judge Shaukat Aziz Siddiqi of the Islamabad High Court (right) is seen kissing Malik Mumtaz Qadri when he was a lawyer.

Punjabi Muslim lawyers treated Qadri as a folk hero, turning out in hundreds during his court hearings and one them Shaukat Aziz Siddiqi was seen kissing him passionately during one such hearing. Siddiqi, who later was promoted as a judge of the Islamabad High Court by the Punjabi rulers of Pakistan, Monday ordered shutting down all Valentine’s Day celebrations in the Pakistan capital as un-Islamic.

According to Pakistan’s former ambassador to the United States, Husain Haqqani, the State Department had been granting waivers to Pakistan even though the United States Commission for International Religious Freedoms (USCIRF) recommended appropriate fiscal actions to stop violations of human rights of minorities in Pakistan.

The main reason why such Islamists continue to flourish in Pakistan is that they enjoy the support of the powerful military and intelligence services. However, the main fountainhead of Islamist violence is the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, but US policy makers close their eyes to the misdeeds of the Islamic monarchy as the US needs oil.

Last Friday, the new CIA director Mike Pompeo conferred the George Tenet medal to Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Nayef for his services for “peace,” though Saudis, who are sunnis, are behind the worst genocide of Shias in the world.

At this time there are about 3.5 million Muslims in the US and many of the terrorist activities have been carried out by Muslim immigrants with Pakistan links in recent years.

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