Plotting murder at COMSATS Lahore?

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What is going on at COMSATS Institute of Information Technology?

Late last night I received a desperate plea on Facebook from a young man asking me to report a Facebook event that was going to take place at COMSATS’ Lahore campus. The event was titled ‘Protest against female qadyani student and Qadyani management of COMSATS’.

My interest piqued, I clicked on the event link and found a truly horrifying story unfolding by (presumably) COMSATS students and members of the COMSATS Facebook group, where the event was originally posted:

Hashim Ishaque one female student of chemical engineering torn the sticker of quranic verse relating prophet Muhammad and ****** under her footsteps….ab kch is hi tara scene hai agay mjhay nai pta…

Hashim Ishaque hostel ki larkio nay btaya

While facts regarding the female students alleged ‘blasphemy’ for taking down a sticker/poster remained unclear [in fact, aside from what has been revealed online, I can only assume what is being broadcast on social media], many on the Facebook event were ready to play judge, jury and executioner – calling for murder, or at the very least, violence against the girl.

Adil Amin please confirm that what those girls are saying is really true . if yes, then i will inform that that to ISLAMIC jamiyat talba . you should @@ slap her . do not care about police ……bohat marna tha ….. larkyonn se b kuch nahi huaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa………….huh

With our Constitution standing as it is with regards to Ahmadis, and with the ‘freedom’ that the online space offers, our local jihadis felt compelled to delve in conspiracy and extremism; calling for a form of violent persecution that would have made the Nazis proud:

Ali Raza yar ik qadyani student na jo chemical 8th semester ki ha na khatm e nababawat ka ad jo girls hostal k bahir laga hoa tha utar k Nabi pak SAWW ka nam apny paon taly ronda

Ali Raza ‎3 HODz jo k qadyani hain unhain support kr rhy hain. including MS and chemical

Ali Raza Prophet SAWW not forgive any person who use abusive language about him during his whole life

Ali Raza kafir kafir qadyani kafir jo na manay wo b kafir

Adil Amin These Qadiyani should be expel from university .. they have no right to live in PAKISTAN …….. ehhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

Engr Hayat Muhammad the only solution to this is punishment and expelling her to make an example so that such event may not occur next…plz be unite to put them all to their worst result…

Muhammad Abdul Ahad she shud hv been killed… lanat lanat lanat gustakh-e-rasool per…

Faixee Faizan Ch u ppl are too latee usay shoot kr dete

Ali Raza lannat on comsats upper management jo ky us qadiyani larki(haramzadi) ko bacharhi hay jiss nay lahore campus main nauzubillah hazoor(s.a.a.w) ki gustakhi ki hay wo bndi apnimaut ap hi mer jaye gi mager tum musalmano kya mun lay ker jao gay allah kay pass…..she should be killed by boys……..wrna lannat hay tum sub students perbhi ager tum kuch na ker sakay to…..

Scrolling through this scum and frankly, illegal references inciting others to violence I found just one voice of reason among the pack:

Aamir Amin I, myself, am alhumdolilah a Muslim and i believe in the finality of prophethood, in its absolute nature. But to be honest, just like i can not imagine a sane Muslim to disgrace Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) or Prophet Jesus (pbuh) or any prophet (pbut) per se, i dont think that any sane (without mental disorder) Qadyani can deliberately disgrace Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).  Its a matter of a life, Please be EXTREMELY careful and do not take decisions or steps with emotions !

Careful indeed. Under such pressure, faced with students threatening murder alongside protests, COMSATS has allegedly expelled the girl from the university:

Faizan Ahmad Zia Finally the controversial qadyani student is expelled from the university for the stupid act she committed…..confirmed by Director COMSATS Lahore.

What can one say after such an episode?

What can one say about those who said the above words against a fellow human?

I am at a loss for words. It is not unlike living in Nazi Germany, where even those Germans who felt the persecution against the Jews was terrorism could not dare open their mouths for fear of being labeled a traitor, or a Jew themselves. In our case, we who are against this monstrosity rising in our universities and our youth are labeled “Qadiyani” “Atheist” or “Blasphemer”.

There is terror in the air, and if we all keep our mouths shut, it will enslave us, but what are the options?

I have reported the Facebook event to Facebook. I have sent an email to COMSATS and perhaps I will call them. I have personally messaged a few of the above Facebook users, and I have named (and hopefully shamed) them in this blog. I have asked our reporters to follow up on the case.

But I don’t have answers beyond this.

Neither does the administration at COMSATS, if this incident and the anecdotes are to be believed.

Neither does our government.

How do you fight an enemy planted inside the mind itself?

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27 thoughts on “Plotting murder at COMSATS Lahore?

    Kashif said:
    November 24, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    Thanks for writing on the issue. Sad and unfortunate that insanity still wins in my country. May God protect this girl from any and all harm, amen.

    Noumaan Yaqoob said:
    November 24, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    Thinking that this youth is the majority of Pakistan’s population scares me. When we are telling the world that majority of Pakistanis are moderate and tolerant, we are lying to them. It is not just about killing Ahmedis, Pakistani youth has their own set of morals where all their crimes are justifiable. I fear not just for the life of that poor girl, but for the life of all Pakistanis. We are a threat to each other.

    This girl should immediately leave college and even the city for her own safety.

    Bilal Imtiaz Ahmed said:
    November 24, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    This is Insane, unacceptable, outrageous and sad,
    I want to give her an advice,
    Leave the college because you life is more important then your degree, leave the city and hide, best place for hiding is Karachi, its a big city, and if your are clever then you can also continue your education and it is considerably safer place for non political people.

    M Ali Khan said:
    November 24, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    I had long arguments last night with these utterly deluded and degenerate youths. They are so comfortable with their bigotry and bloodlust in the name of Islam that it sickens me what these “future of Pakistan” will accomplish when their feeble minds grow up.

    A said:
    November 25, 2011 at 1:27 am

    I might be wrong, but I think it should be “my interest piqued” not peaked.

    Munir said:
    November 25, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    Totally outrageous and indicative of the mindless attitudes of the Mullah Cult.The fact that “educated” students should have this blinkered and herd mentality is beyond belief.In a sane world those calling for the murder of a fellow student should be the ones expelled.

    Thank you for for having the integrity and courage to raise your voice against this insanity.

    You have shown who the true Muslim really is!

    Adnan said:
    November 25, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    Pakistani youth has lost it and that’s the honest truth. These people have no idea of what they are saying or even thinking because they have been brought up like this. Tolerance is what our religion teaches us and we immediately forget it in intense situations. This is exactly why I fear that if these people bring revolution then seriously do not spare me revolution. Instead of 18, 25 should be the legal age in Pakistan, atleast by then some brains may prevail in our youth.

    These guys should go read the history, no muslim would know the true history of what exactly happen, what did the prophet do or think but what would know is what their parents taught them, who have their own set of beliefs or even better what they must have been taught by their parents. In Islam there is one beautiful think that seeking knowledge is obligatory to every muslim. This does not mean that go to a molvi because they have just added to the exploitation of our youth but what that rather means is listen to your heart. We should put ourselves in that girls shoes and think how we would feel. Even if she was not in her right mind, we should pray and treat her kindly so that respect for the prophet prevails in her heart rather than trying to kill her.

    beenasarwar said:
    November 25, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    Utterly horrifying. Thank you for highlighting this injustice and the poisonous mindset that’s making it possible, and also for taking action not just by writing this post but for bringing the issue to the notice of facebook as well as Comsats. I think it is incumbent on all of us who agree with you to do the same, and put a note here after having done so in order to let others know. Let’s draw on the power of collective, visible action.

    beenasarwar said:
    November 25, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    I just messaged the admin of the fb group, Ali Raza: I am horrified and appalled to find content in this group inciting violence against a particular community, not just on your wall but also in the event created by this group https://www.facebook.com/events/132411616867623/. It is disturbing that the supposedly educated youth of Pakistan would call for violence against an individual based on mere (and frankly, unbelievable) allegations, that may even result in the loss of human life. Please remove all content that may potentially be harmful. thanks.

      beenasarwar said:
      November 25, 2011 at 9:07 pm

      Here’s the email I sent (with relevant links) to: the Board of Governors, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology pro@ciitlahore.edu.pk (copied to the co-signatories, below):

      Recent events at Comsats Lahore are highly distressing for anyone who believes in human rights and justice. These events stem from the accusation against a student for defiling the name of the Prophet of Islam (peace be upon him) by tearing off a poster and trampling it under her feet. We are sure you will all agree that no sane person in Pakistan would knowingly desecrate any Islamic religious item, particularly given the current atmosphere. However, the student, who happened to be Ahmedi was expelled apparently in order to placate those who were using the incident to rile up other students in the name of religion. We don’t know of any action taken against those who were inciting violence against her in the name of religion.

      Even after the girl’s expulsion there are some who seem bent upon poisoning the atmosphere with hate and incitements to violence. See the comments on the wall of the Comsats students’ facebook group and on their facebook event announcing a “Protest against female qadyani student and Qadyani management of COMSATS”.
      It is highly disturbing to see these supposedly educated youth of Pakistan calling for violence against an individual based on mere (and frankly, unbelievable) allegations, that may even result in the loss of human life. We have messaged the group administrator on facebook asking him to remove all content that may potentially be harmful. However, what needs to be addressed is the mindset behind these hate-filled and violence-inciting messages.

      It is morally incumbent upon the Comsats administration to scrutinise the contents of these pages and at the very least, call to account those who have posted hateful comments. A blog post by the journalist Jahanzaib Haque (copied here) details the names and content of the particularly disturbing comments. Perhaps Comsats should call an assembly and have a moderated discussion on the issue, on the importance of civil public dialogue, on the importance of rule of law, and on the illegality and immorality of inciting violence against another human being and fellow citizen.

      Whether such incitements to violence are made on hearsay or whether they are made after a crime has been proved, is immaterial. There are courts and laws to deal with transgressions. No one has the right to take the law into their own hands and/or incite others to do so.

      Thank you.

      Sincerely

      Beena Sarwar, journalist
      Mohsin Sayeed, journalist
      Nighat Dad, Human rights committee of Lahore High Court Bar, Public Prosecutor
      Yasser Latif Hamdani, lawyer
      Jehan Ara, President, Pakistan Software Houses Association (P@SHA)

        Talawat Bokhari said:
        November 26, 2011 at 6:05 am

        Beena ji

        You say:
        “No one has the right to take the law into their own hands and/or incite others to do so.”

        No body with sane mind can disagree with you. But the question is where is the law in this super ‘Yakistan’ (the lawless land). It is the civilization dis- construct (my poor English fails here even to find a proper word for it) which is the stupendous job for a prophet to reconstruct and not for the bloggers to meddle in it.

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    ex-student said:
    November 25, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    ye sab apne aap ko islaam kay thekaydaar kehtay hain. ajmal qasab aor mumtaaz qaadri in kay hero hain.

    Allah hi haafiz ho in ka!!

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    the s.a. project said:
    November 26, 2011 at 3:08 am

    Thank you for writing this post and even highlighting names. I believe its time we fought the extremists back the same way they do. It’s terribly sad what the country has come to now, and how our only occupation seems to be pointing fingers at ‘kafirs’ and asking them to be killed. Shame on all those parents and educational institutes who do not teach their children tolerance and do not discourage such mindsets and behaviour. Hoping against hope that sanity will prevail. Prayers for the victimized girl and her family.

    Hasan said:
    November 26, 2011 at 3:14 am

    Interestingly on COMSATS web site they have it thus;

    “The Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS) is an international organization. It aims to reduce the ever-growing gap between the developed and developing world through useful applications of science and technology. The Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) initiated the proposal for the formation of COMSATS under the leadership of Nobel Laureate, Dr. Abdus Salam.”

    http://www.comsats.edu.pk/AboutCIIT/HistoricalPerspective.aspx

    maheen said:
    November 26, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    the lack of tolerance exhibited by these youths at COMSATS is horrifying. says a lot about the institution. clearly the students and the admin (expulsion for something so irrelevant) deserve one another. hopefully the girl in question is moving on to bigger and better things.

    Sami Saayer (@SamiSaayer) said:
    November 27, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    O religion, what crimes we have committed in thy name!

    Sami Saayer (@SamiSaayer) said:
    November 27, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    you know what’s funny? go and check out the Facebook profiles of all these students who are the ISLAMISTS asking to kill her… they like rock music, have pics of twilight vampires on their DPs and are sporting a look with branded outfits… very Islamic indeed.

    Female Ahmadi student expelled from COMSATS Lahore said:
    November 27, 2011 at 4:10 pm

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    Fatima said:
    November 27, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    I read a comment about them wanting to “gangbang” her. I am very perturbed by this. A true Muslim would never call for such a thing! Never ever condone it. She does not deserve to be murdered or raped or persecuted against, just because her belief is different than ours. She definitely does not deserve rape even if the allegations are true. She should be concerned for her safety and instigators of violence need to have disciplinary action taken against them. I don’t know whats going on, but was she really expelled? I hope she got a fair trial at least. It could have been a misunderstanding or an accident. Sami Yasir’s comment about their fb profiles is very intriguing. A true muslim would not show such a height of intolerance. Gangbanging! Allah Maaf kare.

    Fatima said:
    November 27, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    * Sorry, Sami Saayer, not Sami Yasir.

    Nadeem said:
    November 28, 2011 at 3:12 am

    So, now murder in the name of Islam is going to be supplemented with rape in the name of Islam to safeguard its sanctity…? Oh my goodness!!! The fact of the matter is that these sick students are least concerned about guarding the sanctity of Islam. All they are concerned about is fulfilling their evil desires in disguise of religion. Has any true religion ever been defended by burning, looting, raping and killing the opponents?

    anonymous said:
    December 1, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    Aoa! i’m dismal & shocked that we’re descending day by day, we;re worst than our ancestors. Great! we’re courageous enough to kill ahmedies because it’s taught by our fool elders. please open your eyes & have courage to see & face reality. Haven’t you people seen what happened to zulfiqar Bhutto & his successors , Zia ul haq, Shah Faisal & every else who plotted such inhuman & violent laws against ahmedi muslims.

    Pathatic mulah culture & their blind followers! i just wana say your time has come, no one can save you from almighty Allah’s anger. Go on kill as much ahmedies as you can, coz yr time is about to end.

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    April 6, 2012 at 2:28 pm

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