Publisher of Ahmadiyya newspaper Daily Al-Fazl denied bail

Publisher of Ahmadiyya newspaper Daily Al-Fazl denied bail

A Supreme Court of Pakistan bench on Tuesday denied bail to the publisher of Al-Fazl, a 102-year-old Ahmadiyya publication, who is behind bars for three years on blasphemy and terrorism charges.

The bench headed by Justice Sardar Asif Saeed Khosa directed the prosecution to submit a challan in the matter in the trial court without further delay.

Justice Khosa observed that unfortunately when matters pertaining to religion were under consideration one had to ignore the law.

Earlier, petitioner Tahir Mehdi’s counsel Abid Hassan Manto submitted that his client had not been involved in publishing of any objectionable material after the issuance of a government notification on the matter. He said there was no justification for inclusion of blasphemy and terrorism charges in the FIR. He said the petitioner had been in prison for two years and eight months but the police had yet to submit the case’s challan in the trial court. An additional prosecutor said the material recovered from the petitioner was highly provocative. He said if the petitioner was released on bail he would continue publishing hate material. This would fuel conflict in the society, he said.

Millat Park police had arrested the petitioner near an anti-terrorism court where he arrived to attend the hearing of his bail application in a different blasphemy case. Complainant Hafiz Nasir had stated that his religious feelings were outraged by finding out about the publication. An FIR registered in the matter on April 10, 2013, had nominated six people besides the publisher. Jamaat-i-Ahmadiyya spokesperson Saleemuddin said the publication had catered only to Ahmedis. He said this was cleary stated in a disclaimer printed on the front page of all editions.

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  1. The judge had to deny Tahir Mehdi bail because he was fears Mullah than Almighty Allah as such he ignored the law when matter pertaining to religion was under consideration!Unfortunately, he has forgotten that one day he would leave this materialistic world and he will be eventually accountable to Almighty Allah for all his deeds including the kind of judgements he gave while on earth.Anyway he has given his own considered judgement but Allah is the best of judges. Raheem,M.A (Nigeria)

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  2. Safee Ur Rehman Khursheed · Edit

    May Allah help and give strength to keep up the dignity of Islam and Ahmadiat they have done well.May God help them and they should be steadfast in the cause of Ahmadiat the true Islam.

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  3. The wise people says that in Pakistan, instead of hiring an attorney one should hire a judge.Justice Sardar Asif Saeed Khosa of Supreme Court of Pakistan had violated the oath that under any circumstances he will maintain the supremacy of law. The Supreme Judicial Council should take action against him. The religion makes a human a better human, obedient to law. Unfortunately, the courts in Pakistan had failed to provide justice to Ahmadi Muslims. To add insult to injury, on the baseless allegations leveled by a mullah, almost 3 precious years of the life of an innocent accused had been ruined behind the bars, as the corrupt police did not submitted the challan. Aseerane Rahe Maula Zindabad.

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  4. The govt.of Pakistan & the judges are joke no matter anybody says they have def ears but just wait Allah is watching everything and very soon theses people will be punished severely inshallah “Allah Kay Ghar Daar Hai Undheer nahi”

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