This is Good… Pakistan Slaps Blasphemy Charges on EU Papers

Well it had to be done and a Pakistan had to do it.

The penalty for the crime is reasonable… death.

Danish newspaper, Jyllands Posten, its editors, publisher, blah-blah had cases registered against them for the Muhammad cartoons they published (What about Egypt’s Al Fager? or the Rocky Mountain News?)

Yahoo, Hotmail and Google were also named in the case.

Police have registered cases against the editor and publisher of a Danish newspaper and several other European dailies over their publication of cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), under a blasphemy law that carries the death penalty, an officer said.

Internet giants Yahoo, Hotmail, and the search engine Google were also named in the cases for allowing access to the drawings of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) that were considered sacrilegious by Muslims. A lawyer who runs a citizens’ rights group submitted the cases.

Islamic tradition bars any of drawings of the Holy Prophet (PBUH), 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 (PBUH) or the holy Quran.

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.

Evidently, there will be no charges handed out for the most offensive cartoons that were invented by the Danish Imams.

Meanwhile…

Aron Katz, 24, of Los Angeles, won the Israeli Anti-Semitic Cartoons Contest for “September 11,” showing the silhouette of a Jewish fiddler atop the Brooklyn Bridge while smoke pours out of the World Trade Center’s twin towers in the background. The piece spoofs the widely believed rumor in the Arab world that Israeli agents were responsible for the 9-11 attacks in the U.S. Katz donated a portion of his $600 in prize money to an Israeli charity that supports rights for Palestinians.
World Net Daily has more reaction to the contest and the other winning entrees.

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