Noreen Leghari is a medical student who joined ISIS and was going to carry out a suicide attack on a Christian Church on Easter The attack failed and she was arrested, and she publicly admitted that she was intending to participate in a suicide attack.
Now in another twist to the case, she has been released and all charges against her have been dropped. The reason given was that although she was ‘immature’ when she made the decision to become a suicide bomber, she is ‘too smart’ to spend time in jail:
A medical student who openly confessed to having joined IS in Syria after being thwarted by Pakistani security during an attempted suicide attack on a church on Easter Day, has been set free.
In a public statement on Samaa TV Major General Asif Ghafoor said that Noreen Laghari was not a terrorist but was about to become one when she was saved by security forces (click here).
During his press conference the spokesperson for Pakistan’s armed forces said that she had been saved well before her kam umar (immature) mind was brainwashed by militants.
“So should we treat Noreen like a terrorist or release her so that she can tell others how she was trapped and used for terrorism?” he said. “In this way, awareness will be created among the younger generation and parents as well as institutions,” he added.
Noreen Jabar Leghari (20 yrs) was a second year student of MBBS in Liaquat University of Medical Science (LUMS), Jamshoro, but went missing from her family home two months ago (February 10th). She later confessed to having joined up with terrorist group IS in Syria.
Noreen was arrested on Easter Day (16th April 2017) during a security forces operation near Punjab Housing Society, Lahore.
During the skirmish with security forces one man was killed and Noreen and two other suspects were arrested. Two suicide vests and other explosives and weapons were confiscated during the operation which also resulted in injuries to four soldiers. It is believed that the man killed during the raid was the husband of Noreen.
“Noreen Leghari is a woman intelligent enough to be considered for a role as a doctor yet is being described as pliable and immature.
“Miss Leghari’s animosity for Christians would no doubt have led to many deaths including her own, yet a ‘soul searching nation’ have a strong will and desire to show her mercy.
“How many of these same Pakistani citizens would be so forgiving had Miss Legahri planned to bomb a Muslim School?
“If it were Muslims that were targeted by Legahri I am certain many of the campaigners would find her crime too offensive for granting a pardon – Christian lives are ostensibly less valuable in Pakistan.
“This pardon provides one clear message. If you are considered elite in Pakistan you are above the law and are guaranteed impunity.
It is hard to believe the deep-rooted hatred that Miss Leghari had towards Christians that led to her becoming a suicide recruit, has simply vanished. Years down the line I pray we do not discover a series of ‘Shipman’ type deaths of Christians at any hospital she is employed by.
“I asked several Pakistani Christians whether they would trust a doctor who had previously attempted to bomb a Church on Easter Day, to administer care for them. It was no surprise to me that the unanimous response was a resounding no.” (source)
Keep in mind, this is the same Pakistan which routinely arrests, tortures, sentences to long prison terms, and executes Christians over false charges of ‘blaspheming Islam’.
Indeed, it is truly a choice to be a Christian in Pakistan, for just as Islamic theology denies the human dignity of non-Muslims, Christians in Pakistan can be attacked by Muslims on a whim and have little to no means of legal recourse or protection.