Muslim woman ready to be suicide bomber to kill Easter worshipers set free
Lahore: May 18, 2017. (PCP) A medical student who openly confessed to having joined IS in Syria after being thwarted by Pakistani security during an attempted suicide attack on a church on Easter Day, has been set free.
In a public statement on Samaa TV Major General Asif Ghafoor said that Noreen Laghari was not a terrorist but was about to become one when she was saved by security forces (click here).
During his press conference the spokesperson for Pakistan's armed forces said that she had been saved well before her kam umar (immature) mind was brainwashed by militants.
"So should we treat Noreen like a terrorist or release her so that she can tell others how she was trapped and used for terrorism?"he said. "In this way, awareness will be created among the younger generation and parents as well as institutions," he added.
Noreen Jabar Leghari (20 yrs) was a second year student of MBBS in Liaquat University of Medical Science (LUMS), Jamshoro, but went missing from her family home two months ago (February 10th). She later confessed to having joined up with terrorist group IS in Syria.
Noreen was arrested on Easter Day (16th April 2017) during a security forces operation near Punjab Housing Society, Lahore.
During the skirmish with security forces one man was killed and Noreen and two other suspects were arrested. Two suicide vests and other explosives and weapons were confiscated during the operation which also resulted in injuries to four soldiers. It is believed that the man killed during the raid was the husband of Noreen.
There has been a public outcry for mercy for Noreen Leghari as Many Muslims believe the promising medical student should be forgiven. Supporters of her release believe she has been brainwashed by militants due to her vulnerable age. Across Pakistan many Muslims campaigned for her life to be spared and for her to not receive a custodial sentence. They argued would destroy a very bright future for a highly intelligent mind.
Wilson Chowdhry, Chairman of the British Pakistani Christian Association, said: "Noreen Leghari is a woman intelligent enough to be considered for a role as a doctor yet is being described as pliable and immature.
"Miss Leghari's animosity for Christians would no doubt have led to many deaths including her own, yet a 'soul searching nation' have a strong will and desire to show her mercy.
"How many of these same Pakistani citizens would be so forgiving had Miss Legahri planned to bomb a Muslim School?
"If it were Muslims that were targeted by Legahri I am certain many of the campaigners would find her crime too offensive for granting a pardon - Christian lives are ostensibly less valuable in Pakistan.
"This pardon provides one clear message. If you are considered elite in Pakistan you are above the law and are guaranteed impunity.
It is hard to believe the deep-rooted hatred that Miss Leghari had towards Christians that led to her becoming a suicide recruit, has simply vanished. Years down the line I pray we do not discover a series of 'Shipman' type deaths of Christians at any hospital she is employed by.
"I asked several Pakistani Christians whether they would trust a doctor who had previously attempted to bomb a Church on Easter Day, to administer care for them. It was no surprise to me that the unanimous response was a resounding no."
While Noreen Legahri has been offered freedom and a new start of life another Noreen, Asia Noreen Bibi a Christian has been refused a fast-track for her Supreme Court appeal of a blasphemy sentence (click here). The innocent mother of five has suffered the ignominy of seven years incarceration for a crime she never committed. Read her full story (click here)
Mr Chowdhry, added: "In this tale of two Noreen's I will assume the majority of the calls from the West will be for clemency towards Asia Bibi.
"Mrs Bibi's illustrated illiteracy would have limited her understanding of the provocation of her words to the growing number of zealots in Pakistan.
"Her words only challenge people to compare the sacrifice of Christ and its value to Christians in comparison to the nature of Muhammad's life and its value to Muslims, yet she has been deemed a blasphemer.
"The lack of intent to expedite Asia Bibi's case illustrates in no uncertain terms that hatred for Christians in Pakistan, manifests through all echelons of society.
"Judges are washing their hands of her case I don't think any are brave enough to acquit Mrs Bibi.
"It seems the final decision will lie with the President of Pakistan Mamnoon Hussain through whom a last resort Presidential Pardon is mandated through the countries constitution. Sadly, I am not convinced he will be brave enough to fulfill his duty to Pakistan's most hated citizen."