Pakistan: Blasphemy and the Blasphemers


To say that the Pakistan’s Blasphemy Laws are talk of the town would be an understatement of sort. The laws currently are the world phenomenon courtesy the verdict in Aasia Bibi’s case in November 2010 and now Rimsha, 11-year-old Christian girl with Down Syndrome was arrested by police in Islamabad on a charge of blasphemy for allegedly burning pages of the Quran. There has been hue and cry from all around the world; from Pop Benedict XVI to the people in United Kingdom, United States of America and elsewhere in the world. The foreign people and the media are being helped by our local media as well as the so called human right activist (read opportunists) and some politicians as well, all of them calling for the annulment/amendments in the law. There major cause of concern is the section 295-B and 295-C of the Pakistan Penal Code popularly known as Blasphemy Laws.

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