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Friday, April 28, 2006

Pakistanis Looney over Toons

Gateway Pundit reports that police in Karachi, Pakistan, have "registered cases" against the editor and publisher of Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, over the cartoons of Muhammed the paper published last September. According to the Pakistani Daily Times, cases were also registered against "several other European dailies," as well as Yahoo, Hotmail and Google. The cases have been filed "under a blasphemy law that carries the death penalty."

Islamic tradition bars any of drawings of the Holy Prophet, favourable or otherwise, in a policy to discourage idolatry. Lawyer Iqbal Haider, who runs Awami Himayat Tehrik or People’s Support Movement, had petitioned the Supreme Court against the publication of the cartoons under a blasphemy law that allows the death penalty for anyone guilty of insulting the Holy Prophet or the holy Quran. [Note: I took out the "PBUH" that the Times used after saying "the Holy Prophet." I'm not in the mood, and besides, pretty soon it'll probably be mandatory.]

Cases were registered on Tuesday against Jyllands-Posten, its editor, publisher, a cartoonist, and newspapers in France, Italy, Ireland, Norway and the Netherlands at a police station in Karachi on the court’s orders, said Tariq Malik, an official at the station.

“It is now the government’s job to contact the Interpol and bring the offenders to a court of law in Pakistan,” Haider said on Wednesday.
The Pakistani government has not yet indicated whether or not it would contact Interpol, but a "senior Karachi police officer" told the Daily Times that the case was being looked into.

It should be noted that there does seem to be at least sane one person in Pakistan:

A government prosecutor, who opposed the petition, says Pakistan’s courts have no jurisdiction over a crime committed abroad.

“The courts in Pakistan ... have jurisdiction to try a person for an offence within their territorial jurisdiction in Pakistan,” prosecutor Makhdoom Ali Khan said in a written statement to the Supreme Court on April 7.

It's interesting to note, as Gateway Pundit does, that no case has been brought against Egypt's Al Fager newspaper, which also published the cartoons, nor against the Danish imams who apparently made up the most offensive cartoons and then claimed that Jyllands-Posten had published them along with the actual cartoons.

Also of interest will be the responses of Microsoft, Google and Yahoo, all three of which have rather spotted histories when it comes to sacrificing freedom of speech on the altar of political and economic expediency. As Pamela at Atlas Shrugs says of Google,
Let's see if they bend over and yelp 'how far???' or if they finally take a stand.
I'm not optimistic.

Really, there's only one rational response to this madness:

I hope every blogger who doesn't already have a Jyllands-Posten cartoon on his or her site puts one up now. And I will now proceed to back up this blog in case Google has a problem with this.

My previous posts on cartoons here, here and here.

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