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From the Urdu press: Charlie Hebdo

"If democracy and freedom of expression come without limits, people’s thinking and society take a negative path".

By: Express News Service | Published: January 16, 2015 12:38:24 am

Inquilab, on the killing of the French cartoonists, says: “The question is being raised if the so-called believers in Islam have not read the life of Prophet Muhammad. Do they not know anything about the Prophet’s ideas on mercy? … Is it appropriate for followers of the Prophet to say goodbye to sentiments of mutual understanding, tolerance and perseverance and go out, armed with dangerous weapons, to annihilate adversaries? These are valid questions. But it is also a fact that extremism has considerably affected the believers of other religions as well.”

Syed Faisal Ali, in his column in Rashtriya Sahara on January 11, writes: “An attack on media-persons is, indeed, condemnable and anti-Islamic. But if democracy and freedom of expression come without limits, people’s thinking and society take a negative path… If you are powerful, it does not mean you can do anything and that the weaker section would not respond to it.”

IN ITS editorial on January 8, Sahafat says: “The easy constitutional prescription to become popular is to target Muslims. The BJP MP from Unnao, Sakshi Maharaj, is hyperactive in this field. He has said that ‘the concept of four wives and 40 children would not work in India. And the time has come when Hindu women should produce at least four children so that the Hindu religion can be saved.’ Perhaps the objective of this slogan is to nullify the productive outcome of four marriages permitted for Muslims.”

Shakeel Shamsi, editor of Inquilab, in his signed column on January 13, writes: “One had thought it was a foolish statement by Sakshi Maharaj. But Sadhvi Prachi… has clarified that Sakshi Maharaj’s statement is not in his personal capacity; it is a part of the Sangh Parivar’s agenda… Ever since sanyasis have entered politics, the condition of the country has been deteriorating instead
of improving… ”

On the mystery surrounding the Pakistani boat on New Year’s Eve, Aziz-ul-Hind, in its editorial on January 4, says: “It is difficult to determine what the motive was… there was no information about a possible terror element in the intelligence report… Instead, the NTRO had tapped the conversation of supposed smugglers on a mobile (with someone) at the Katy seaport near Karachi… neither had Pakistan’s name been mentioned nor had it been stated that the boat carried explosives…”

Jadeed Khabar, in its editorial on January 6, says: “It has now been found… that there were terrorists in the boat who were planning to do something like the 26/11 terrorist attacks in Mumbai. Both India and Pakistan should investigate the actual facts behind this incident… Keeping silent… would be the greatest mistake for both countries…”

Compiled by Seema Chishti

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