Fatwa

Nilofar, Seenay nal lag ja, tha kar ke

Posted on April 12, 2007. Filed under: Fatwa, Stupid people, Talibanization |

I have spent two days trawling the web for the supposedly racy picture of the Nilofar Bakhtiar that earned her a fatwa from the Halwa courts at Lal Masjid. Will someone please show me. I am somewhat of a collector of inappropriate female images and would love to have the one that earned our tourism minister the wrath of the Halwa brigades.

The picture was apparently taken after she had just paraglided into Paris with an instructor, and he gave her a congratulatory hug. The stunt was part of events to raise money for victims and survivors of the 2005 earthquake that killed more than 75000 in Pakistan. How quickly we have forgotten our tragedy always amazes me.

The minister is said to have brushed the threats aside. This Lady has some cajones. She was part of the group who attacked the court during Nawaz Sharif’s govt. Still she might be being foolhardy. The murder of Punjab minister Zille Huma by an islamic fundamentalist is still fresh in our collective memory.

Her paragliding stunt may have been for a noble cause. Certainly did more for victims of the earthquake than any mullah. And it might have done some good for the image of Pakistan and Pakistani women, painting them as strong and progressive. Alas, the fatwa has made bigger news and undone any improvement in Pakistan’s image. Minister Bakhtiar’s job of selling Pakistan as a tourism destination just got tougher, and not just because she is watching out for crazded islamic killers.

Update: I finally found the pictures: courtesy of the MicroPakistan blog, now featured on the blogroll. neelofar.jpg Click the thumbnail for a full size picture.

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