PTI Leader Files Blasphemy Complaint Against Khawaja Asif For Saying All Religions Are Equal
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) President Zafarwal tehsil, Qamar Riaz Sulehri, has filed a blasphemy complaint against Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) stalwart Khawaja Asif for saying that all religions are equal in the light of the constitution.
The PTI leader took to social media to post the photo of the compliant, wherein it was stated that the PML-N senior leader committed blasphemy under sections 295-A and 298-A. Qamar Sulehri maintained that Khawaja Asif has ‘hurt’ the sentiments of the Muslims by equating their status with that of non-Muslims.
Qamar Riaz Sulehry,PTI's President Tehsil Zafarwal, has submitted an application to file blasphemy case,under Sections 295-A and 298-A,against PML(N) MNA Khawaja Asif for stating that all religions are equal and no religion is superior to others.
Is this still a livable country? pic.twitter.com/gEcNgLcT30
— Syeda Ayesha Naz (@AyeshaNazSyeda) July 12, 2020
On Thursday, the PML-N stalwart on the floor of the House said that the constitution of Pakistan provides equal rights to all citizens irrespective of their caste, creed, and religion. He criticised a group of lawmakers for opposing the construction of a temple in Islamabad.
“The people who were against the temple belong to a group that had labelled Muhammad Ali Jinnah– the founder of Pakistan– as kafir-e-Azam.” He added that no religion was superior to the other in the light of the constitution, adding that as representatives of people, it was incumbent upon lawmakers to promote harmony and tolerance in the society.
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جا رہے ھیں۔میں نےآئین کے تحت شہریوں کو یکساں بنیادی حقوق کی بات کی۔ وضاحت تقریر کے فوری بعد کر دی۔ کلپ حاضر ھے۔ مکمل تقریرسوشل میڈیا پہ موجود ھے pic.twitter.com/lsAraHpha5
— Khawaja M. Asif (@KhawajaMAsif) July 10, 2020
The speech by Asif prompted an outrage, as extremist circles demanded the government to register a case against Asif for alleged ‘blasphemy’. Later, PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif issued a statement, wherein he said that the remarks made by Asif were within the provisions of constitution and Islam.
Islam, our great religion, is categorical about rights & freedoms of all communities living in Islamic state. Equality is fundamental principle enshrined in Constitution of Pakistan. What Khawaja Asif said in NA was in the context of Islamic teachings & constitutional provisions!
— Shehbaz Sharif (@CMShehbaz) July 11, 2020