Pakistan Investigates Shahzad-Dilshan's 'Religious Spat'
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Pakistan today said it has set up a committee to look into a religious spat between their opener Ahmed Shahzad and Sri Lankan counterpart Tillakaratne Dilshan last month.

Television footage showed Shahzad passing a religious remark at Dilshan after the third and final one-day international in Dambulla last week.

After Sri Lanka notched a seven-wicket win to take the series 2-1 and the players were walking off the field, Shahzad can be heard on camera saying to Dilshan: "If you are a non-Muslim and you turn Muslim, no matter whatever you do in your life, straight to heaven."

Dilshan replied he doesn't want to go there, to which Shahzad replied: "Then be ready for the fire."

The remarks stemmed from reports that 37-year-old Dilshan was born to a Muslim father and a Buddhist mother and was originally named Tuwan Mohamed Dilshan.

But once his parents separated he changed his religion and name to Tillakaratne Mudiyanselage Dilshan as a Buddhist.

The footage went viral on the Internet, prompting the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to summon Shahzad on Wednesday.

A PCB spokesman said the matter will be investigated by an internal committee headed by director of international cricket Zakir Khan.

"We have formed an internal committee under Zakir and have also written to Sri Lanka Cricket whether they have any complaint," said spokesman Agha Akbar.

Pakistan team manager Moin Khan said no official complaint was lodged after the match.

"It happened on the last day of the tour but there as no official complaint by match officials or Sri Lankan players so I think it must be a general thing," said Moin.

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Sep 06, 2014
06:05 PM

This is called the "Islam ka daura" that seizes Muslims at least once in their lifetime.

Ganwaar, Ganwaarpur
Sep 05, 2014
12:26 PM


>>"Ahmed Shahzad was merely articulating a very widely held belief among Muslims."

What ignorance! Do Mulims believe " matter whatever you do in your life, straight to heaven." What about good deeds, moral life, charity, compassion, forgiveness, Day of Judgement? Do you know anything about the Quran or did you just read the same sanghi version that Saachbolo reads? Seems hatefulness has destroyed your brains!

It is true however that Christians believe that accepting Christ is enough to attain salvation.

Anwaar, Dallas
Sep 05, 2014
09:52 AM

" matter whatever you do in your life, straight to heaven."

This is the USP of Islam. Ahmed Shahzad was merely articulating a very widely held belief among Muslims.

The Quran is unequivocal about it.

1. Allah is most merciful and he will forgive all sins except the sin of shirk (worshipping anyone other than Allah.)

2. Anyone guilty of shirk is doomed to eternal damnation in Hell.

3. It is the duty of Muslims to invite infidels to convert (Da'wa or daawat in Urdu).

Ahmed Shehzad was just doing his duty as a good Muslim. I myself have received such invitations from well-meaning Muslim friends who genuinely cared for my well being.

Visakhapatnam, India
Sep 05, 2014
08:35 AM

Don't understand what is the fuss. Ahmed Shahzad did exactly what a normal Pakistani is expected to do.

Mohan, Adiiipur
Sep 05, 2014
06:17 AM

> " matter whatever you do in your life, straight to heaven."

Was he joking? Only an idiot would say that! But then it is Pakistan, so who knows!

Anwaar, Dallas
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