Blasphemy law is often used by Sunni Muslims in Pakistan, in particular by Deobandi and Wahhabi Muslims, to harass and penalize Christians, Hindus, Ahmadiyya Muslims, Shia Muslims etc.
However, at least in theory, the Pakistan Blasphemy law provides protection to all recognized religions.
Several sections of Pakistan’s Criminal Code comprise its blasphemy laws. § 295 forbids damaging or defiling a place of worship or a sacred object. § 295-A forbids outraging religious feelings.
§ 298 states:
Whoever, with the deliberate intention of wounding the religious feelings of any person, utters any word or makes any sound in the hearing of that person or makes any gesture in the sight of that person or places any object in the sight of that person, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to one year, or with fine, or with both.
According to PPC 153 A (a): whoever “by words, either spoken or written, or by signs, or by visible representations or otherwise, promotes or incites, or attempts to promote or incite, on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, caste or community or any other ground whatsoever, disharmony or feelings of enmity, hatred or ill-will between different religious, racial, language or regional groups or castes or communities” shall be fined and punished with imprisonment for a term that may extend to five years.
Now look at these pictures of Sunni Deobandi (and some Barelvi) Muslims attacking Christian community’s properties in Lahore (March 2013), burning their houses, church, Bibles and religious crosses.
Clearly this is a violation of Pakistan’s Blasphemy law.
Same applies to those Deobandi militants of Sipah-e-Sahaba (ASWJ-LeJ) who routinely attack Sunni Barelvi mosque, Sunni Sufi shrines, Shia mosques and Imambargahs, causing damage to the Quran, books of Hadith, flags (Alam) and banners bearing Ya Rasulallah, Ya Ali and Ya Hussain etc.
In many instances, the ASWJ-LeJ Deobandi activists and other brainwashed Sunni fanatics seems to be protesting against an act of Blasphemy against the Prophet or Sahaba. Only their own Deobandi-Wahhabi interpretation of religion is vulnerable to Blasphemy? Imagine if Pakistani media had captured someone throwing a Quran or Sahih Bukhari in fire and the picture was displayed around the world.
Credits for photos: BBC Urdu, Roshni