Man, jailed for 5 days for a Ramadan violation, is freed 6 years on

Man, jailed for 5 days for a Ramadan violation, is freed 6 years on May 21, 2019

PAKISTAN’S justice system is … weird.

In 2013 , Jamshed Iqbal was found guilty by a special magistrate of breaching a law – the Ehtram-e-Ramazan Ordinance – for selling paan during Ramadan. He received a five day prison sentence.

Image via Times of India

Paan, for the record,  is a common treat in many Indian and Pakistani households and typically contains coconut powder, sweetened rose petals, cloves, fennel, tobacco and areca nuts wrapped in betel leaves.

Under the Ehtram-e-Ramazan Ordinance, 1981, it is illegal for Muslims to eat or drink in public from sunrise to sunset.

Iqbal contested the the sentence but was kept locked up for six years while waiting for his appeal to be heard.

This week he walked free after a judge in Lahore, Amir Habib, described Iqbal’s treatment as a “stain on the judicial system”. The sessions court not only released the the owner of a paan and tobacco shop, but also apologised to him for wrongful imprisonment.

The verdict also noted that the magistrate made the wrong decision by sending the vendor to prison. Furthermore, the five-day sentence was contrary to the law, it noted.

Judge Habib wrote:

The court apologises for the delay in justice and the wrong judgment that led to imprisonment.

The court gave directions to the Punjab Chief Secretary to appoint special magistrates who aren’t idiots.

Lamenting the behaviour of the special magistrate, the judge remarked that such decisions were not even meted out in medieval times.

The magistrate wasted six years of an innocent person and these six years cannot be given back to him.

Various reports of the case make no mention of Iqbal being awarded any compensation.

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  • rubaxter

    Let’s see who now ends up dead because of this confrontations within confrontations.

  • Cozmo the Magician

    he WAS compensated, he gets to keep his head.

  • CoastalMaineBird

    The word is Ramadan, not Ramandan, although the noodle folks might appreciate that.

    PRO TIP: If your god needs a police force to compel people to eat or not eat certain things, on certain days, at certain times, CHOOSE A DIFFERENT GOD.

  • Freethinker

    So selling food to a hungry person is a crime in Pakistan.

    It is also illegal to consume food if you are hungry or drink if you are thirsty on the weeks allotted by the government on behalf of an invisible man in the sky. Speaking of which, this is a place that regularly jails and slaughters those who don’t believe or even question the teachings of Muhammad. The murdering warlord and avid pedophile from Mecca who heard voices in this head.

    Someone please remind us why it is that US taxpayers are sending approximately $860 Million per year in….”aid” to this sewer dump of a country?

  • Sharad Majumdar

    Happy Ramen-dan, fellow Pastafarians!