Pakistan’s missing people and judge Chaudhry

March 21, 2009

Among the black-suited crowd celebrating Pakistani judge Iftikhar Chaudhry’s reinstatement as the head of the Supreme Court outside his home in Islamabad this week was a  woman with a bouquet in her hand and a prayer in her heart.

Amina Janjua’s husband went missing in July 2005, one of hundreds that rights activists allege have been held without judicial process in secret detentions centres as Pakistan’s part in the campaign against al Qaeda and the Taliban. Her husband’s case was one of the dozens that Chaudhry had taken up in his campaign to fix accountability for the missing people, before he was sacked in November 2007.

As the chief judge, regarded as a hero after an opposition-backed lawyers’ protest movement forced the government to  back down, returns to his seat on the top court this weekend, the hopes of people such as Amina are high.

“He is going to reopen those cases, and our near and dear ones will be back home soon,” India’s Hindu newspaper quoted her saying in a report from Islamabad. Amina  is now leading a movement by the families of the missing, which include people from Baluchistan to Punjab.

Can the judge, returning to the bench for the third time, deliver ? Or will his campaign to find out the whereabouts of Pakistan’s missing put him in direct conflict again with the security establishment? What of the United States, ultimately blamed by Pakistanis for many of these disappearances?

Chaudhry must insist on holding the establishment accountable, writes Ali Khan of the U.S.-based Washburn University School of Law in the Jurist, just as he tried to do when Pakistan was under military rule. The constitutional rights and freedoms of Pakistani citizens were severely compromised and hundreds disappeared without trace, he said. By demanding accountability for the missing persons, the Chaudhry court refused to allow the state to trample over fundamental rights.

“This accountability is particularly critical amidst the hype of terrorism. The Supreme Court led by Chaudhry cannot presume that the democratically-elected government holds a valid license to compromise constitutional rights and freedoms to fight terrorism. No government may lawfully commit torture, engage in extra-judicial killings, and allow foreign agents to abduct persons with or without the connivance of domestic intelligence agencies. Even deportations and extraditions of ‘terrorists’ must require due process of law,” he says.

What if the chief judge decided to put former President Pervez Musharraf on trial for these and other acts? The Counter Terrorism blog quotes a senior Pakistani military commander as saying there was real concern about the future of Pakistan, should Chaudhry reopen cases that have been left dormant for over a year. The military is not going to like Musharraf, a former arrmy chief, ridiculed publicly, he says. 

He also notes that for all of Chaudhry’s towering image in the public mind, he had supported the coup that Musharraf carried out against then prime minister Nawaz Sharif in 1999.

(Reuters photo of Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry)

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Chaudry has no intention of real justice, he just wants to use that role, to entrench his position and back his favorite person.

Chaudry will be playing politics, doing selective justice for religio-political reasons and nothing will be gaining in terms of giving Pakistan to become a viable institution of democracy. Same old people same old politics.

If Chaudry was serious, he will jail Nawaz Sharif, Zardari, Musharaff, Hamid Gul and all the proxy war jihadi’s and extremist assets, including the ISI’s dirty tactics division.

Chaudry has no intention of bringing responsibility, justice, fairness to non-muslims, or stopping terrorists. I don’t think we will see a difference in Taliban and the extremists getting released from jails in Pakistan on a continual basis. Chaudry is more interested in revenge politics than doing the right things for Pakistan.

If Chaudry is sincere he will do such a judicial bloodbath in Pakistan, to smash corruption that it will leave the U.S., India and World in awe of him. This is just a pipe dream and will never happen.

Pakistan is not known for justice, integrity, honesty, fairness, transparency, maturity, trustworthiness, responsibility or friendliness. I believe the status quo will keep the corrupt qualities that Pakistan is known world over for and Chaudry will add another level of corruption to Pakistan to complement its already decrepit institutions. No sweeping change will happen because of Chaudry.

Posted by Global Watcher | Report as abusive

Musharraf and ISI sold half of these people to USA to save their other strategic assets (like OBL etc) and these people ended up in Guantanomo. Is US going to return these people?

ISI would rather kill the justice before provide a list of missing?

Posted by David | Report as abusive

Yea.. Put Musharraf and ISI guys in jail and ask for the missing people.

Ask them, what else they have sold to Bush?

Posted by Global Citizen | Report as abusive

Chaudry has revealed himself as just another power hungry vindictive, self serving, selfish individual, hungrily working to get back to his throne by hook or crook and not for a moment giving any thought to the tens of persons killed or injured in the many demonstrations which ramped up instabilty in an already very unstable and volatile region.

The fall of Musharaf from power was not enough, to satiate vindictiveness and lust for power. Another pakistan government is now teetering on the brink, not to mention the almost total colapse of the economy and the ensuing political and social istability in an already expolsive situation beeing orchestrated by fellow minded compatriots.
Its all fair game as long as they can get back to power their thrones. Who cares about the cost to the Pakistani people and the nation as a whole, thats always expendable. SHAME ON YOU MR. CHAUDRY.

Posted by Sammy | Report as abusive

In TSP* what can a Chaudhry do against 17 million musharrafs on loose.

Sanity and justice has gone long ago from TSP*

TSP = Terrorist state of Pakistan.

Posted by punjabiyaar | Report as abusive

Punjabiyaar,
Which parts of Pakistan are TSP?

Zardari says non-state actors are everywhere in Pakistan including the one in Presidential Palace. According to him, whole of Pakistan is non-state.

Posted by Global Citizen | Report as abusive

“Punjabiyaar,
Which parts of Pakistan are TSP?”

Whole of Pakistan is a terrorist state. But Zardari does not wish to own it.

Posted by punjabiyaar | Report as abusive

“Global Watcher ”
What planet do you live on?
Zardari’s and Musharafs days are numbered, the criminals ans gangsters are going behind vars.
USA/UK have eggs on thier faces. All their dirty plans are coming unfolded- divide and conquer will not work in Afghanistan, and Pakistani’s at th end of the day are too smart for those zionist terrorist in the white house.

Posted by Rabbani | Report as abusive

To all the anti Pakistan people, you have no facts or figures to counter your statements. Just personal vendettas, and the same old cry against an invisible enemy.

If there are terrorist agencies, it is the like of CIA, RAW, Mossad, who spread terror by hiring and killing on foreign soil, even inside Pakistan.

You only cry the same foul that the media churns out repeatedly everyday.

The whole nation stood for justice on 16 March, which proves time and again, Western and Indian counterparts wrong. Look what the war mongering rednecks and neocons from Bush’s admin brought on to you and the rest of the world – a huge financial crisis.

Reasons, why Pakistan never attacked Afghanistan directly is because history speaks magnitude. From Alexander the Great, to the nasty Russians, to the imbecile Britishers, NOBODY has ever ruled Afghanistan. How can USA intend to do it?

A humbly armed soldier, only carrying an AK 47, competing against the likes of US & NATO forces who are dressed from top to bottom…8 years, and counting, forget it, USA is in a mess, and it will continue to delipidate every passing year.

Posted by Norman Sanders | Report as abusive

The only law applicable to the STZ of Pakistan is the sharia.
STZ-spl. terrorist zone, after all pakistan is an illegitimate state until it doesn’t honour the commitment of a pure islamic state on which basis it usurped the land from India.

Posted by anup | Report as abusive

the comments are full of racism. no real comments are there. i think the moderator should check the comments before publishing. Pakistan is not a state which is taken to be granted. it is state of 160 million people where people want democracy and will to express their feelings. which was denied by the elite ruling class and has one of the well organized army who always there to protect the country as that of other countries except the thrust to rule the country.

the elite ruling class always has support of international establishment.

We need democracy, we need rule of law we need justice we need equality. one thing i want to emphasize that each country his own social constraints and values. within this social system a constitution and rules of business evolved to govern a country. the international establishment can not dictate there own rule of business on Pakistan.

Al last i will say this is a great milestone in the history of Pakistan where sense and will of the people prevail among elite ruling class for first time in history.

Long Live Pakistan!

Posted by lodhran | Report as abusive

Norman Sanders states:
If there are terrorist agencies, it is the like of CIA, RAW, Mossad, who spread terror by hiring and killing on foreign soil, even inside Pakistan.

Where is your proof for this?

You claim that anti-Pakistan people have no facts and figures to counter statements. Pal, there is PLENTY of proof that Pakistan is ferments terrorism.

(1) The CIA presents SOLID proof that the ISI had meetings with the Kabul Indian Embassy bombers.

(2) The Mumbai attackers were from Pakistan and ONE of them faces trial.

Please do not bother to argue about STATE and NON-STATE actors. This is a classic attempt of Pakistan to distance itself from the terrorists that it created and the world wants removed.

Posted by bulletfish | Report as abusive

Norman Sanders

—You seem to be all muddled up – Pakistan & Afghanistan are two different countries…

Posted by anup | Report as abusive

Rabbani
“Pakistani’s at the end of the day are too smart for….”

—their Salwars.

“…those zionist terrorist in the white house.”

—& prefer to be kicked by the SWAT Islamic terrorists…

Posted by anup | Report as abusive

Hello,
My name is Ahmer bdullah and i am karachiite. I am a supporter of MQM and Altaf Hussain. Durind 90s above 15000 of MQM workers martyred in illegal police encounters which were clearly extra-judicial. I would like to request from this esteemed forum that if Justice Iftikhar want the stability and existence of Judiciary and fair justice in Pakistan then he should re-open the case of that extra-judicial killings and also the hot issue raised at the time of Mr Iftikhar’s deposition from the heighest position of Judiciary was the case of missing people. I request via this forum taht Mr Iftikhar should kindly open the case of missing people of MQM because there are 28 persons of MQM missing since 1996. Their families, children and millions of MQM workers are waiting for their return live or dead. We are in the state of uncertainty. I beg to Justice Iftikhar that please re-open the case and consider the petition submitted my their families, we will ever remember your kindness and humbleness.
Regards
Awaited for my Missing Heroes.

Posted by ahmer | Report as abusive

“Norman Sanders states:
If there are terrorist agencies, it is the like of CIA, RAW, Mossad, who spread terror by hiring and killing on foreign soil, even inside Pakistan.

bulletfish States:
Where is your proof for this?”

Bulletfish, my dear, see a good optometrist, you may be losing your eyesight? The proof of CIA being terrorist is in the U.S.A Senate reports, having illegal prisions all around the world, charging people on the bases of allegation is a crime itself and that is what they have done in Gitmo. “You remind of my my friend who laughed at me while we were enjoying a strawberry shake, I asked him why are you lauging and he stated that “I had strawberry shake mustache on my face”, I could not resist lauging back because there was one on his face as well.” Belletfish, thanks for pointing my terrorist mustache, you want to take a look at your own now?

Posted by Irfan | Report as abusive

Irfan,
CIA had secret prisons in 18+ countries including Pakistan. Pakistan is the only country where CIA has secret prisons, secret bases, secret drones, secret political agents, secret military agents and CIA bombs Pakistan at least twice every week?

How did u manage to get so much love from CIA?

Do you remember Saddam Hussain and Shah of Iran. They also got some love from CIA.

If I think about Saddam and Shah, your “strawberry shake mustache” only makes me sad and worry about you. How do u manage to laugh!

I can’t laugh at all!

Posted by Global Citizen | Report as abusive

http://www.davidduke.com/general/israel- behind-the-most-aggressive-and-damaging- espionage-network-targeting-the-us_8721. html

Read the above article written by an American Jew for the people of USA. Zionist and the infamous Jewish lobby has always controlled the wills of Americans, and made them pursue a wider range of agendas.

Remember USS Cole that was attacked by Israelis, killing innocent Americans.

You don’t need proof to find CIA, Mossad & RAWs involvements for the chaos in the world, you only have to look for it. Its there, question is are you willing to open your eyes, and look at it…???

CIA trained and sent Osama bin Laden into Afghanistan to fight the Russians. USA suddenly wakes up, and says, oh oh, this guy is a terrorist, he might attack Israel.

I did not mix Afghanistan & Pakistan, but the tribal belt; inside Pakistan; where all the fighting is currently taking place, has a history linked with the old colonial rulers.

Westerners cannot differentiate between an ordinary Pashtun, and a Pakistani, leave alone a terrorist from an ordinary citizen, yet the CIA flies drones into Pakistan and kills innocent civilians, calling it collateral damage.

Lets put it this way, if Americans took revenge on the Afghanis, for killing 3000 innocent 9/11 victims, then the innocent civilians getting killed in the tribal belts are fully entitled by the jirga to take revenge killings on CIA. But wait, where does it all end, its an evil loophole, which will never end.

Obama’s new pledge of 17K troops will make matters worse. For the US troops fighting of course. Billions of tax payer money has been spent on destroying an already destroyed country. 8 years, and what is the result. Zilch. Osama has never been caught. Full stop.

Pakistan whether one likes it or not has a mutual border, and same culture with most of Pakistan, so it is a Pakistani problem as well.

You will continue to rant, that Pakistan is a failed state, but 160 million Pakistanis decided on 16th March, that it is time to uphold the law & order of the entire country, border to border. Western countries, including USA cries foul and wants democracy to prevail. But when democratic governments get elected, and decide its time to abandon the US foreign policies, Americans declare that government evil and not supportive.

Pakistanis have beared the brunt of this non winnable “war on terror”, which was actually engineered by the war mongerers of Bush admin, rednecks, neocons, zionists, jews, to destabilize Pakistan.

Truth is as long as there is no stability in this region, freedom fighters will continue fending off foreign invaders (US & NATO). USA has invaded Afghanistan and want to destabilize Pakistan, a fully soverign country. So who is the REAL terrorist. US foreign policies. Full stop.

There are Americans who would love a stable Pakistan, but the sad truth is that they are not in power.

USA has already bowed down its ass to the hard core regime Iron Iran. Lets see if the rednecks are able to swallow this bitter truth.

Pakistan helped US, and suffered, its about time, things change

Posted by Norman Sanders | Report as abusive

Norman
Thank you and I support your views on Pakistan, Pakistan is far from being a failed state. I have time and again asserted that a 170 million strong muslim nation and a nuclear power, Pakistan is capable of dealing with every challenge. Today we have democracy and rule of law, Pakistan certainly has its share of problems but the people of Pakistan is able and capable of overcoming the problems. We will not let the forces of evil prevail.

Posted by Umair | Report as abusive

Irfan,
If I wanted YOU to answer a question I would have directed it at you.

MY QUESTION:
If there are terrorist agencies, it is the like of CIA, RAW, Mossad, who spread terror by hiring and killing on foreign soil, even inside Pakistan.
Where is your proof for this?”

ANSWER:
The proof of CIA being terrorist is in the U.S.A Senate reports, having illegal prisions all around the world, charging people on the bases of allegation is a crime itself and that is what they have done in Gitmo.

So if the CIA has prisons around the world that makes it a terrorist organisation. This is the wrong answer to the question I asked. If the CIA throws a Taliban member in prison, then how does this equate with the CIA having proof that ISI and bombers of the Indian Embassy in Kabul held conversations about the attack?

The CIA are using drone attacks from your own soil with the permission of your own Pak govt. The Pak govt do not care about these drone attacks as long as they are directed at the FATA regions.

Typical Pakistani answer to evade answering a DIRECT question with pathetic, hypocritical and unrelated anecdotes. Truth of the matter is that you have no proof to support your own statements. You just like to make up stories that would resonate well with like-minded people. You think that if you attack first then all will be revealed in the retaliation when you play the victim. By playing the victim, you wish to get more aid from Western nations.

Umair,
What a beautifully formulated response you gave on March 23rd, 2009 7:34 am GMT. Reads like a typical Pak govt press release. Like I stated before you should apply for the Pak Information Minister position.

Pakistan has nuclear weapons and 170 million people, but this does not make it strong. Your nuclear weapons will not help you whatsoever because Pakistan knows what devestation they can cause to others, but also to themselves.

Now that your Chief Justice has his job back will he prosecute those responsible for murdering civil servants and other civilians in the Swat region? Or is this up to the Sharia courts in Swat?

The Pro-Taliban cleric, Maulana Sufi Mohammad claims that Islamic law forbids references to the past because “A Muslim should not discuss past happenings because he may not remember all the [details] and, therefore, he may…sin by not speaking the truth.”

And so, addressing the crimes committed by the Taliban, or compensating their victims or their victims’ families, is un-Islamic too.

You are right Umair, Pakistan does have problems, However, these problems resonate around the world.

Posted by bulletfish | Report as abusive

Norman Sanders,
After reading your statements, you really sound like another one of those Pakistanis who has their head buried in the sand and only come up for air. You only see things from one point of view. You sound like one of those guys who rant and rave that its RAW, Mossad, CIA, Zionist fascists causing your problems.

So you read ONE article and thist is enough for you. I have read many documents, articles analyses, reports…etc from all over the world, including Pakistan. Everything I have read gives Pakistan a great deal of negativity from all over the world. Pakistan nutured the Taliban and other state, non-state actors and banned groups in order to control Afghanistan and terrorize India. These guys then terrorize other countries and return to Pakistan. What do you expect the world to do? Do you expect the world to pity you as a victim of the terror you harbour?

You hold protest rallies against Israel attacking Gaza and raise money for Gazans, but you do not lift a finger for those Pakistanis murdered by the Taliban in Swat. Open YOUR eyes!!!

Posted by bulletfish | Report as abusive

@Truth is as long as there is no stability in this region, freedom fighters will continue fending off foreign invaders (US & NATO). USA has invaded Afghanistan and want to destabilize Pakistan, a fully soverign country. So who is the REAL terrorist. US foreign policies. Full stop
- Posted by Norman Sanders

-going to the other extreme is calling terrorists Freedom fightors. Terrorists need PR machine like you to survive and there are plenty like you. Same in Kashmir (I might have stepped on your tail here; but don’t get distracted). If Pakistan is presented as such a sovereign strong nation, why Pakistan is so easy to be manipulated into war on terror against your own bros (freedom fightors). But I personally doubt real US intentions, but will not call a terrorist as a freedom fighters unless I become terrorist supporter, which I am not.

@If there are terrorist agencies, it is the like of CIA, RAW, Mossad, who spread terror by hiring and killing on foreign soil, even inside Pakistan.

–First off why you did not add ISI into this list. Consider RAw at this moment out of it. I am happy to say yes to the evidence you present.

USS cole by Mossad–no that again is a conspiracy theory.
Is 9/11 also by Jews?
Is MUmbai also by RAw?

and ISI 5 times Namaz a day?

what facts you presented. fact is Pakistan (army ISI leaders all) has collaborated with US et al to destablilize the region.

Posted by rajeev | Report as abusive

Bulletfish, the superficiality of your global analysis is evident from your statement that “CIA, RAW and MOSSAD are not terrorist organizations”. CIA trained Bin Ladin, America supplied chemical weapons to Saddam and is supplying weapons to Israel to kill innocent Palestinians.

If the definition of terrorist for is “anyone who kills an innocent person” than west is as much if not more for being terrorist as east. Both sides needs to work together to stop this. On the other hand, if your definition of terrorist is “everyone else except me” than innocent people will continue to die on both ends and American empire will come to an end just as so many others have in the past.

Posted by Irfan | Report as abusive

Irfan wrote:
the superficiality of your global analysis is evident from your statement that “CIA, RAW and MOSSAD are not terrorist organizations.

Irfan,
Your reply is a complete and utter cop out! It reads like a diplomatic exit remark. You wish to say that what I wrote in not enough to indicate who is a terrorist organisation.
So, what you mean is that all countries major secret services are terrorist organisations since what they do for the defence of their own countries works against others. If this is the case why have you not added ISI on to your list or even the Russian FSB? Torrists do not care who they kill as long as they cause terror and fear in peoples’s minds. These organisations you listed have the duty of protesting their countries interests against terror activities. Does that make them terrorists?

FYI, more Muslims have been murdered by other Muslims in the name of Islam. If Westerners are killed by Muslims then its always death to the ifidiels and that is OK. If Muslims are killed by other Muslims then, oh they were martyed. If Muslims are killed by Westerners then all Muslims: aggressive, passive, quiet ones, loud ones, fat ones, skinny ones, old ones, young ones, men, women and children come out and protest, “DEATH TO THE INFIDIELS!”

Israel (maybe Mossad too) attack Gaza and murder Gazans. Muslims worldwide and Pakistanis protest and raise money for the Gazans.

Taliban attack Swat and murder Muslim, Pakistani civil servants, musicians and dancers. Pakistanis and Pak govt remain passive.

It is no longer the east amd west coming together. Now, it is the West and the the Islamic world.

DO NOT FORGET: not all Muslims are terrorists, but all terrorism activities have been caused by Muslims.

Posted by bulletfish | Report as abusive

Bulletfish:
“DO NOT FORGET: not all Muslims are terrorists, but all terrorism activities have been caused by Muslims.”

Ok so LTTE is Sri Lanks, FARC in Columbia, Mexican drug lords and warlords in Africa, the Basques ETA in Spain and IRA in Northern Ireland are all muslims? these are just a few terrorists who are not muslims. Islam is a peaceful religion and has nothing to do with terrorism. More and more people are coimng to understand this, its about time you quit this old useless rhetoric that no one buys anymore, change before you have to bulletfish.

Posted by Umair | Report as abusive

Umair,

No, not all muslims are terrorists.

You also said that Islam has nothing to do with terrorism. Well, some may debate that, since Islamic terrorists, are proud of the the fact that they follow the strict and literal words in the Qu’ran, they boldly DO call themselves muslims.

If you realize most of the worldwide terrorist attacks, were in fact my Muslim youths, whose minds were perverted. This is not rhetoric my friend, this is established fact.

My question is, why are not more educated muslims like you speaking out against them and fighting them?

Just to clarify, not all muslims are terrorists, but most of those who commit terrorism globally are muslims, at least that is what they proudly call themselves. I agree, it is not the religion that causes terrorism, but the politics of religion that does.

Posted by Global Watcher | Report as abusive

Umair writes: “Ok so LTTE is Sri Lanks, FARC in Columbia, Mexican drug lords and warlords in Africa, the Basques ETA in Spain and IRA in Northern Ireland are all muslims? t”

Do you find the LTTE or FARC or Basques or the IRA terrorizing the world in various places? The Al Qaeda network attacked the US embassies in Africa, attacked New York, London, Madrid, Bali etc. Your brothers in the middle east (Hezbollah, Hamas, Al Fata) etc terrorize the region. Gadaffi’s men shot down planes. India has been a victim of your religion based terrorism for a long time. Your brotherhood is vicious and has a huge span that no other terrorist organization has. That is why the world is looking at your religion closely.

Your actions have given the impression that Islam and terrorism mean one and the same. There must be something wrong somewhere in your religious system that is allowing people to do what they do. And seeing the support that these militant elements draw from the Muslim world, it is only reinforcing the belief that Islam preaches violence against non-Muslims.

Learn to share the world with others. Your people are either fighting nations for separation in order to follow their own codes or they are fighting nations that are separated from you. Learn to live without conflict with others.

Mauryan wrote:
“Your actions have given the impression that Islam and terrorism mean one and the same. There must be something wrong somewhere in your religious system that is allowing people to do what they do. And seeing the support that these militant elements draw from the Muslim world, it is only reinforcing the belief that Islam preaches violence against non-Muslims. ”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHujiWd49 l4
Above link is 5 MINUTES MULTIMEDIA INTRODUCTION TO ISLAM

Muslim scientists, scholars have done many good work, muslim architecture is most beautiful as well as arts. I agree, Muslims like me never made sincere enough efforts to stand up and project true Islam. But remember, Islam never preaches violence, you will find many prominent people who embraced Islam. Islam is the fasted growing religion in the USA, from Dublin to Johannesburg to Manila, Islam is a global faith. Many muslims live their lives according to Islam and are progressing. UAE and Malaysia are examples of success stories.

Posted by Umair | Report as abusive

Umair writes: “Islam never preaches violence, you will find many prominent people who embraced Islam. Islam is the fasted growing religion in the USA, from Dublin to Johannesburg to Manila, Islam is a global faith. Many muslims live their lives according to Islam and are progressing. UAE and Malaysia are examples of success stories.”

Sorry for disrespectful words towards Islam. I do agree that there are lot of peaceful Muslims. But a number of them have hijacked the religion and their actions have made the non-Muslims feel differently towards Muslims in general. This is something all of you, moderate Muslims, will have to fight. I respect people like Irshad Manji, who are reformists in their own regard. I go to Sufi shrines in India and I sincerely apologize to all those saints for branding all of Islam as bad. I know it is not. However, I’d like to see a rise of moderate Muslims who can fight the militants. The whole world will support that effort. Protestants fought the Roman Church and the world progressed as a result. The same should happen within Muslim community so that progress can be seen.

Umair, Mauryan, GW, BF.
I like the views about Nadeem Farooq Paracha.

http://dawntravelshow.com/dblog/2009/04/ 30/questions-about-burning/

One major point:
1. Muslims need to love non-Muslims too. and of course vice-versa.

2. Tolerate with a happy face the non-Muslims of whatever faith or no faith. Muslims may consider Allah the supreme and above all. It is a faith and accept others who feel the same about their faith. There is no contradiction or comparison here.

A Muslim who accepts the above two is practcing a peaceful Islam. Same goes for non-Muslims.

Shouting out loud that “my religion is peaceful” does not make it peaceful.

Posted by rajeev | Report as abusive

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