A complaint was lodged against columnist Ajmal Khan Niazi at the behest of Mazhar Khan Ashraf on charges of blasphemy on Thursday. Mazhar Khan Ashraf initially attempted to lodge the complaint at the Islampura Police Station Lahore, but the SHO dismissed his claim.
He then proceeded to seek the courts assistance, where he argued that the columnist had published a column in the daily Nawa-i-Waqt, which stated that Allah and His Prophet are both secular. He stated in court that he had consulted a dictionary, which revealed the meaning of secular as being a non-believer. The statement, according to Ashraf, hurt not only his sentiments, but thousands of his fellow believers.
Additional District and Sessions Judge Akmal Khan, directed the SHO Islampura to file an official complaint and look into the matter. What manner of investigation is to be conducted is not known. Mr Niazi when contacted confirmed the report and said he was not acquainted with the complainant and had never met him or had any dealings with him before this.