Pakistani lawyer petitions for death of Mark Zuckerberg

Bros Fatwahing Bros.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is being investigated by Pakistani police under a section of the penal code that makes blasphemy against Muhammad punishable by death.

BBC Urdu reports that Pakistan's Deputy Attorney General has launched a criminal investigation against Zuckerberg and others in response to Facebook hosting a "Draw Muhammad" contest on its site late last month. On May 19, Pakistani authorities blocked access to Facebook over the contest, and this ban was lifted on May 31 after Facebook removed the page in Pakistan and other countries.

Asked to comment, a Facebook spokeswoman told us the company does not comment on legal matters.

Section 295-C of the penal code reads: "Use of derogatory remark etc, in respect of the Holy Prophet, whoever by words, either spoken or written, or by visible representation, or by any imputation, innuendo, or insinuation, directly or indirectly, defiles the sacred name of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) shall be punished with death, or imprisonment for life, and shall also be liable for fine."

Petitioner Muhammad Azhar Sidiqque said he's waiting for the police to contact Interpol about making arrangements for the arrest of Facebook's owners and "Andy". The site also says that the Deputy Attorney General told the High Court that Pakistan's United Nations representative has asked to escalate the issue in the UN General Assembly.

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12 Responses:

  1. ivorjawa says:

    So conflicted.

  2. revsphynx says:

    You ever see 2 people you hate get in a fight and the best you could hope is that you'd turn your back for a second and they'd both be dead when you turned back around?

  3. _candide_ says:

    YaKnow, just because Muslims are forbidden from creating images of the Prophet, does not mean that everyone else is.

    Furthermore, all of these Muslims throwing a temper-tantrum because some non-Muslim is drawing a representation of Muhammed (even a respectful one) misses the entire point. Muslims are not supposed to create images of the Prophet so that they don't start worshipping the Prophet (or worse, the image).

    I have to say, yes, there are 1+ billion Muslims on the planet, and that deserves a certain amount of awareness. But there are 5+ billion non-Muslims on the planet, and the rest of us are getting Just. A. Bit. Tired. of having to cater to every temper-tantrum that the other 1 billion keep throwing.

    • kencf0618 says:

      Islam loses some of its major religion cred whenever Muslims flip out over Danish cartoons and such. Get over the Crusades and the 16th century already and prepare for the likes of Piss Muhammed, 'cause if you can't cope with pissant provocateurs having Internet bandwidth, there's a whole lot you can't cope with, savvy?

      • _candide_ says:

        Now, now, we can be polite and respectful to one another. And we should; it's just basic human decency, giving one another respect for being fellow-intelligent beings.

        The problem is really when one Large Group of humans starts flipping out and throwing a temper-tantrum like a 4 y.o. because the rest of the species isn't catering to its every wish. Even worse is when, accompanying said temper-tantrum, said Large Group does not offer the same respect — or, for that matter, any respect at all — to everyone else.

        This is not only the behavior of almost all Muslims, but of a very large percentage of Christians, as well.

        (As for the "Piss Christ"/"Piss Mohammed" … weeeeell, that's another case of childish 4-y.o.-brat behavior. Attention-seeking behavior of that sort should be roundly ignored, met with deafening silence, or snide attitude-laden dismissal.)

  4. "[...]shall be punished with death, or imprisonment for life, and shall also be liable for fine."

    Do they collect the fine before or after the execution?