Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf Chairman Imran Khan offers apology after being accused of committing blasphemy. Pir Muhammad Afzal Qadri, a religious scholar had written an open letter to Imran Khan claiming that he has been guilty of committing blasphemy during his speech. Religious scholar had warned him of ‘dire consequences’ if he doesn’t render an apology.
On Tuesday, January 3, Imran Khan openly apologized for the using ‘inappropriate’ words that had caused grievance to the religious clerics. The religious edict (Fatwa) alleges that PTI Chairman had used derogatory words for the Holy Prophet (P.B.U.H.) in one of his speeches. “It was a mistake, and I assure that it won’t happen ever again,” Imran Khan assured during a press conference in Islamabad. He asserted that no believer could purposely blaspheme against the Prophet PBUH).
Previously on Monday, Pir Muhammad Afzal Qadri stated: “If the state fails to execute Imran Khan, it wouldn’t be a crime if any ‘aashiq-e-Rasool’ (lover of prophet P.B.U.H) kills him. He will be exempt from Qisas and Diyat (blood money).” He claimed that “blood of blasphemer – in this case, Imran Khan’s – has no worth compared to Prophet (PBUH).”
In July 2016, Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) Imran Khan during an interview with an Aljazeera host said that that there is no point in bringing changes to the blasphemy laws. During the interview host Mehdi Hasan asked him about the controversial blasphemy laws, he responded saying, “The laws are not a problem.” Further explaining his stance over the draconian blasphemy laws he said the blasphemy laws are not a problem instead the problem is with “militant groups in Pakistan.”
While commenting about urged amendments to the blasphemy legislation he stated, “Whatever you do with the laws, people will be killed.” His response was followed by host Mehdi Hasan’s question if he dreaded of being wiped out over speaking on the subject, he acknowledged saying: “It is true you have to tread a very thin line. Anything perceived to be… sacrilegious, yes your life is in danger… It is a very difficult subject living in Pakistan.”