Khaled Ahmed wrote an article titled “What if the Bible is found blasphemous?” in March 21, 2006 in Daily Times.

The first paragraph of the article is as follows:

“Most Pakistanis are not aware of the dangers our law against blasphemy might entail. The law says no prophet shall be insulted and awards death for the offence. This means that prophets in the Juaeo-Christian-Islamic tradition are all protected. But do we know what the Bible says about Old Testament prophets? What if the stories of the Bible are taken to court and found blasphemous? Will we then have to burn the Bible and kill all the Christians who read it?”

What Khaled Ahmed feared five years ago is probably going to turn into a reality.

Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (Sami-ul-Haq group) leader Maulana Abdul Rauf Farooqi held a press conference along with scholars on May 30. He said that Terry Jones’ blasphemous act against the Holy Qur’an had crushed the spirit of the Muslims and that they were angry over it.

He said that there are portions in the Bible that are blasphemous and insult holy prophets of Islam. He urged the Chief Justice of Pakistan Chaudhry to take suo moto notice of these blasphemous contents under Section 295-C of Pakistan Penal Code, declare the Bible as a blasphemous literature and ban it. He said that if the CJ would not take notice then he would file a writ. He said that he was ready to accept any punishment if he could not prove that the Bible was a blasphemous literature.

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