Pakistan’s struggle to reform the blasphemy law

(By Sarah Alvi) Pakistani researcher takes an innovative – and dangerous – approach to change the controversial blasphemy law.

The recent killing of prominent activist Sabeen Mahmud in Karachi is a chilling reminder of the rapidly shrinking space for open dialogue in Pakistan. So a push for deliberation on the country’s highly contentious blasphemy . . . → Read More: Pakistan’s struggle to reform the blasphemy law

Hundreds flock to support Qadri as he appeals against sentence

Mumtaz Qadri appealed on Tuesday against his death sentence for murdering Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer who sought reform of blasphemy laws, as hundreds rallied outside the court to show support.

Mumtaz Qadri was sentenced for killing Taseer outside an upmarket coffee shop in Islamabad in 2011.

Qadri has admitted shooting Taseer, saying he objected to . . . → Read More: Hundreds flock to support Qadri as he appeals against sentence

Living in fear – A crumbling society

Most stories, real or fictional, carry an antagonist and a protagonist. What sets the whole thing apart is the definition of who is who, something that varies depending on the person you speak to. Salman Taseer’s murder is a prime example of this very phenomenon.

When news of Taseer’s murder was flashed across national TV . . . → Read More: Living in fear – A crumbling society

Christian couple accused of ‘Desecrating Quran’ beaten to death

An enraged mob beat a Christian couple to death and burnt their bodies in the brick kiln where they worked on Tuesday for allegedly desecrating a copy of the Holy Quran, police said.

The incident took place at the town of Kot Radha Kishan, some 60 kilometres southwest of Lahore, and is the latest example . . . → Read More: Christian couple accused of ‘Desecrating Quran’ beaten to death

Blasphemy case filed against lawyers in Kotwali

The Kotwali police have registered a First Information Report (FIR) under Section 295/A of the Pakistan Penal Code (blasphemy law) against eight nominated and 60 unknown members of the District Bar Association here on Monday.

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Heavy clashes in Bangladesh over Blasphemy law

Leader of Hifazat-e-Islam forced to exit Dhaka after clashes between group’s supporters and police leave many dead.

As violence moves beyond the Bangladesh capital the man at the head of the group that instigated the fatal protests was driven out of Dhaka under police escort.

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Punitive actions recommended for false accusers of blasphemy

Discussing the Badami Bagh incident in Lahore, the Senate Standing Committee on National Harmony on Thursday recommended stern punishment for people involved in making false blasphemy accusations.

Mir Mohammad Ali Rind who presided over the meeting at the Parliament House said the burning of properties in Badami Bagh was a tragic incident which portrayed a . . . → Read More: Punitive actions recommended for false accusers of blasphemy

Sherry Rehman refutes blasphemy accusation

By Christopher Dickey

Accused of blasphemy, Sherry Rehman fights back.

“Blasphemy.” When you hear that word in America, it conjures up visions of the Salem witch trials or, worse, the Middle Ages and the Inquisition. It is not a word that’s common in the think tanks of Washington or around the capital’s dinner tables, where . . . → Read More: Sherry Rehman refutes blasphemy accusation

Conversations with Badami Bagh residents

Badami Bagh is no less than a ravaged town awaiting life once again. Along the sides of the roads are little yellow tents set up for the Christian families who lost their homes when an angry mob set fire to the entire residential area.

These little tents are filled with people. It is as if . . . → Read More: Conversations with Badami Bagh residents

PAKISTAN SHAMED!!

The picture on top says it all. A mob in the background and an exultant youth in the foreground with smoke, fire and burning homes all around. This was the scene in the heart of Lahore when Christian homes were set on fire because of alleged blasphemy by a Christian who had already been booked . . . → Read More: PAKISTAN SHAMED!!