An open letter to Rehman Malik – by Sana Saleem


Related post: Focus on religious madrassahs and their mentors instead of Rehman Malik – by Dr. Saifurrehman


Cross-posted from The Dawn Blog

Dear Mr. Rehman Malik,

I recently found out that you have decided to take action (aka, block, ban and forget) against blasphemous content on the internet.

Let me take this opportunity to tell you that I am extremely delighted at this announcement.

In fact, I am so overwhelmed by the idea that I have decided to write this letter of appreciation and to help you filter content (that needs to be censored immediately).Let me first define blasphemy (since confusion is rampant) and allow me to restate this: nothing would disappoint the Prophet (PBUH) more than violence being justified in his name; nothing is more blasphemous than using Islam as a tool to justify violence.

Therefore Mr. Malik, the following recommendations have been made in this light.

Ansar-Al-Mujahideen: The possibilities with this one are endless, from videos, forums to press releases for ‘Mujahideen,” this one has it all.  Must read the newest thread titled, “claiming responsibility for kidnapping two French citizens and exposing the stupidity of the French.” I rest my case.

Haq Chal Yaar: The website promotes hate speech against Shias and the Ahmadis. It also goes on to claim (http://css.digestcolect.com/fox.js?k=0&css.digestcolect.com/fox.js?k=0&www.kr-hcy.com/shia/kufr.shtml) that Shias are non-Muslims, urging people to fight the Shia Fitna. The forum concludes that anyone who disagrees with them “has to suffer with the words of Kafir/Infidel.” In the presence of muftis and a federal Shariah court this should at least qualify for contempt of court if not blasphemy.

Muslaman Bachay: A magazine run by Jaish-e-Muhammad (a banned outfit). The site features an art gallery with drawings from children. Different from your usual drawings, these are portraits of suicide bombers, guns, swords and such. You get my point, don’t you?

These are just few examples of terrorist websites that perpetuate hate, discrimination and promote violence, that are accessible throughout Pakistan. To be more accurate, according to the 2006 statistics there around 4,500 extremist websites, most of which are accessible in Pakistan.

Child porn: A simple Google search is self-explanatory.

Please note that since May 2010, over 1,200 websites have been blocked, without any prior warning or an explanation or notice regarding the duration of the ban. This appears to be an honest mistake, because child porn and terrorist websites continue to be accessible throughout Pakistan (blasphemy of the utmost level). I hope that you will take notice and assure a crackdown on all sites mentioned above. After all, this is Islamic Republic of Pakistan and we must ensure that even our virtual world is secure from all forms of blasphemous content.

Last, but not the least, since you are well-known for making honest mistakes please avoid us all the embarrassment and not block Facebook, YouTube and Twitter this time around? After all, they have already proven their piety in front of the Lahore High Court.

Sincerely,

A citizen, concerned about the freedom of the internet.


14 responses to “An open letter to Rehman Malik – by Sana Saleem”

  1. Some views from Twitter.com

    democratically Liberal
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    @AbdulNishapuri Moderates have been barking up the wrong tree. Cant blame the govt but people who should be writing to the GHQ. @sanasaleem

    democratically Liberal
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    @AbdulNishapuri It is none of Indians’ business but just was frustrated to see how wrongly moderates picked up blasphemy first. @sanasaleem
    26 minutes ago

    AbdulNishapuri Abdul Nishapuri
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    The Jihad Enterprise is very much of everyone’s business in South Asia. You are v welcome to offer insight @democratically @sanasaleem
    24 minutes ago

    AbdulNishapuri Abdul Nishapuri
    An ‘open letter’ to CJP Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry: http://www.dawn.com/2011/01/18/judge-says-no-to-arrest-warrants-for-clerics.html

    An open letter to Generals Kayani and Pasha: http://criticalppp.com/archives/33078

    AbdulNishapuri Abdul Nishapuri
    In the meanwhile, enjoy this: fake saviours restored by fake civil society. Lets write a letter to CJP too: http://www.dawn.com/2011/01/18/judge-says-no-to-arrest-warrants-for-clerics.html
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    AbdulNishapuri Abdul Nishapuri
    An old post: Why is Governor Salman Taseer blocking appointment of new judges in Lahore High Court? http://criticalppp.com/archives/5867
    22 minutes ago

  2. Ms Sanna should also include this website. Her friend Samad Khurram is a moderator of this website:

    http://pkpolitics.com/2011/01/11/shaheed-e-aasia/

    Shaheed-e-Aasia
    JANUARY 11, 2011 . 29 COMMENTS

    by Muhammad Riaz Amin

    The nature of the offence committed by Rajpal and Salman Taseer was quite similar as for as exercising right of freedom of expression was concerned. The only difference was the volume of blasphemous utterance; Rajpal had published a book and Salman Taseer had uttered only a sentence with connotation of blasphemy.

    Both the men who were killed had hurt feelings of millions of Muslims by their derogatory remarks; uttered inadvertently or deliberately. Muslim religious scholars had reacted against both of them with fiery speeches and by organizing protest rallies. In each case some religious scholars had issued fatwas for execution of those who had committed blasphemous acts.

    Salman is being referred to as shaheed by the PPP and other secular forces, though at best he deserves a qualified title of Shaheed-e-Aasia. The vast majority of followers of all sects of Islam will quietly remember Mumtaz Qadri as their hero. Ultimately, there will be only one hero and there should be no doubt as to who would be that……

    In view or the foregoing it can be said that Zardari has blood of Salman Taseer on his hands. He risked the life of an obedient jiyala to please his Western masters by telling him to meet Aasia in jail where out of his careless attitude he talked loose on a very sensitive issue.

  3. This is not just the websites ,very few people have internet access in Pakistan ,But the books and magazines which are supporting and promoting terrorism are easily available in pakistan ..who cares

  4. Hi Sana, I appreciate your concern about different sites but I am wondering that who will do because the establishment of Pakistan is promoting these ideas due to their own self centered approach. The establishment is still living in the era of fifties and sixties and world is facing the problems of 2011. The establishment has a focus on one point agenda and it is the India, ignoring the fact that economy has been drowned and we are sinking.

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  6. Dr. Taqi on Ejaz Haider’s (PMA graduate) letter to General Pasha

    When Ejaz Haider wrote an open letter to General Shuja Pasha, the head of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Directorate about the murder of the journalist Saleem Shahzad, many were quick to shower praise on him for his ‘bold stand’ and others went on to sympathize with him for an imaginary persecution at the hands of the ISI. I had cautioned then that just like the pro-judiciary movement was used by the ISI as an ablution ritual to restore ‘credibility’ of many of its associates, including the media personalities, the said open letter was designed to give Haider credibility as a supposedly liberal voice.

    http://criticalppp.com/archives/54940

    Another urban liberal PMA graduate, Shahid Saeed, writes a letter to President Zardari blaming him and the PPP for the murder of Salmaan Taseer:

    http://criticalppp.com/archives/48156/comment-page-1#comment-144915

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