Blasphemy & Blasphemy Laws Archive

Free Islam from Pakistan – by IJ Qureshi: A nation was born in 1947 name Pakistan. It was created on the basis of 2 nation supposition Muslim and Hindus. Muslims of sub continent under the leadership Quaid-e-Azam liberated Pakistan from British Raj. Since 1956 this Country, that
Chronology of Blasphemy Legislation in Pakistan- by Marvi Sirmed: SOURCE: Marvi Sirmed’s Blog In order to put the record straight on the chronology of Blasphemy Legislation in Pakistan, following Timeline has been compiled using information from annual report of National Commission for Justice and Peace. 1860: The original
No to blasphemy laws — by Marvi Sirmed: One is amazed at the audacity of the advocates of blasphemy laws, who think of themselves as vigilant guards of not only the Almighty, but religious personages as well, thereby creating an illusion that God and the Prophet (PBUH)
Let’s fight it out – by Waseem Altaf: It is known to everybody that the blasphemy law, a creation of  Zia-ul-Haq, has been effectively utilized by the powerful against the weaker sections of the society, to settle property disputes, personal vendettas and inter communal rivalries. It also
Who will give Aasia Bibi justice? -by Jahanzaib Haque: Our honourable chief justice has enough time to visit the Supreme Court to conduct meetings pertaining to hearsay reports on the government’s attempts to take down the judiciary, but he has not had the time to take notice of
Religious parties demand removal of Shahbaz Bhatti: Religious parties are demanding removal of the Federal Minister for Minorities, Shahbaz Bhatti because he demanded amendment in  blasphemy laws. Previously , Shahbaz Bhatti received threat from Aalmi Majil-e-Tahfuz-e-Khatm-e-Nabuwat (AMTKN) for his critical comments on blasphemy law. Tribune Blasphemy Case :
Asia Bibi likely to be pardoned by President Asif Ali Zardari: LAHORE: Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer said he would take up Aasia Bibi’s case with President Asif Ali Zardari, who has the constitutional power to pardon her. “Inshallah her appeal will be accepted,” Taseer said, adding that he had studied
Choices to make in women’s treatment: Asia Bibi or Nida Rashid? – by Naveed Ali: Two headlines in daily Dawn’s website yesterday, two news, two events, one brings hope while other despair. One is about the Amnesty International asking for release of Asia Bibi, sentenced to death on blasphemy charges (Amnesty urges release of
President Zardari stays execution of Asia Bibi: President Asif Ali Zardari on Friday stayed the execution of a Christian woman who was sentenced to death on charges of blasphemy. The woman, Aasia Bibi, was given the death sentence by an additional sessions judge in Nankana Sahib
Family waits to see if mother, accused of blasphemy, will be hanged: The town cleric, who made the initial complaint against Bibi, called her death sentence one of the happiest moments of his life. "Tears of joy poured from my eyes," Qari Salim told CNN. The clerics tears are in stark contrast to
Time to repeal the blasphemy law -by Nasim Zehra: In June 2008, Asiya Bibi, a Pakistani farm worker and mother of five, fetched water for others working on the farm. Many refused the water because Asiya was Christian. The situation got ugly. Reports indicate Asiya was harassed because
Now the whole world demands: repeal Pakistan’s blasphemy law: The whole world  is deeply shocked and concerned over Asia Bibi’s death sentence for blasphemy, issued by a local court in Pakistan. Concerned citizens and human rights activists say the case of Asia Bibi – the first woman to
Asma Jahangir becomes first female SCBA president; once again Pakistani liberals defeated the right wingers: Related articles: Congratulations, Asma Jahangir won the SCBA elections – by pejamistri Asma Jahangir’s victory is a loss for Jang Group’s yellow journalism – by Ahmed Iqbalabadi President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani felicitated Asma
Brainwashing via the Quran: The case of Faisal Shahzad and the blasphemy by the Taliban and Al Qaeda: The Quran is a message of peace for all humanity. To misinterpret and misuse the Quran to spread violence and mischief tantamount to blasphemy. Seen from this angle, all proponents, supporters and apologists of the Taliban and Al Qaeda
Fear and apprehension among Christians: There is fear and apprehension among Christians in Pakistan as the country celebrates the end of the Muslim observance of Ramadan.News of Holly Quran Burning Day in the U.S. by a Pentecostal priest  in Florida has led to tension,
Yet another report to never see the light of day: At this blog we have previously discussed the case of the Gojra report which, while commissioned and produced by the one-man tribunal of Justice Iqbal Hameed ur Rehman and submitted to the Punjab government in October 2009, has yet
Pakistan, not Islam, is in danger – by B. R. Gowani: Every time a non-Muslim or a Muslim is killed on charges of insulting Islam, Qur’an, or Muhammad, the hands of those Muslims, who are involved in these heinous acts, are strengthened; because the Deobandi (Sunni) fanatics want the non-Muslims
In defence of Shahbaz Bhatti: Aalmi Majil-e-Tahfuz-e-Khatm-e-Nabuwat (AMTKN) is demanding sacking of federal minority minister Shahbaz Bhatti after his critical comments against the blasphemy law. He made this comment after killing of two Christian brothers in Faisalabad . Previously, Shahbaz bhatti received threat for pursuing
Sipah-e-Sahaba terrorists kill two blasphemy accused Christians in Faisalabad: Adapted from Pakistan Christian Post Children of General Zia-ul-Haq, i.e., terrorists of the Sipah-e-Sahaba, under the patronage of Pakistan’s ISI and Shahbaz Sharif’s government in the Punjab province, are back in action once again. Today (19 July 2010), Muslim
Wake up Shabaz Sharif! Christians fearful and fleeing Punjab -by Junaid Qaiser: Violence against minorities is on the increase-and religious minority groups in Pakistan remain vulnerable due to the continued misuse and abuse of blasphemy laws. According to the, Annual Report on Religious Minorities in Pakistan, presented by the Justice and
Christians’ fears piqued over blasphemy accusations: Since the penal code of the country was amended, during General Zia’s regime  in 1986, religious minorities in the country have been living in a state of fear and terror. Under the Blasphemy Law false cases have been brought
I am a Sunni, a Shia and an Ahmadi – by H.A. Khan: Two days before as I opened the LUBP Blog to read its daily articles I felt so sad that again a worst wave of religious violence is repeating in our society to divide the society into religious classes and
The demand for a state religion constitutes blasphemy – by Nasir Ahmad: The concept of state religion is inherently flawed. Enforcement is essential for state whereas freedom is integral to religion. State has got a separate institution for the enforcement of law and the constitution. If we make religion an integral
Pakistan: Draconian religious laws and frenzied atmosphere – by B.R. Gowani: Since the creation of Pakistan, Muslim parties wanted the Ahmadi Muslims to be excommunicated. Finally in 1974, they succeeded when the Z. A. Bhutto government caved in for political reasons. More restrictions were imposed on them by General
Of blasphemy, Facebook and terrorism —Imtiaz Alam: Times are horrifying in this land of the pure and a chaotic world around. A “satire” protesting censoring of an episode of ‘South Park’ by Comedy Central turned viral, forcing the irreverent cartoonist to take refuge behind opposing censorship
A murderous mindset – by Huma Yusuf: Source: Dawn Sunday, 30 May, 2010 As soon as I heard that gunmen had attacked two Ahmadi houses of worship in Lahore, I posted a despairing comment on my Facebook page, condemning the violence and wondering out loud why
Welcome to Pavlovia –Farrukh Khan Pitafi: When the court had ruled only to block one website, PTA’s decision to block a number of others was uncalled for and appeared symptomatic of a ‘holier than the Pope’ attitude Rome was not burnt in one day. Russian
Ansar Abbasi has incited violence against Fauzia Wahab: Yesterday Jang group published an article in which they claimed that more fake tapes would soon be coming out against senior Jang group journalists. It claimed that several journalists including Ansar Abbasi and Saaleh Zafar were on a “government
In qualified support of the facebook ban – by Muhammad Amir Khakwani: While a number of valuable articles have been posted on the LUBP criticising the facebook ban, here is an alternative, thought provoking perspective by Muhammad Amir Khakwani. Unlike our tradition, we are placing this newspaper article on the front
Students for a democratic Pakistan discuss Facebook ban: For those of you who can’t watch youtube:
Blasphemy laws used to justify murder – EU Parliament: Source Business Recorder STRASBOURG (May 21 2010): The EU parliament on Thursday called on Pakistan to guarantee minority rights, claiming that its blasphemy laws could be used to murder members of political, racial and religious minorities. In a resolution
Kill at least 10 Ahmadis a year: General Zia-ul-Haq’s legacy: While right wing jihadis and Taliban apologists in Pakistani media and politics are known for makings noises about real or perceived grievances of Muslims all over the world, they never seem to complain on Muslim on Muslim or Muslim
Appeal for a victim of the blasphemy law: This letter in Daily Times is an appeal for the release of Professor Zahid Hussain Mirza who has been in detention since June 1999 after he was accused of blasphemy for writing an academic book on Islam: Human rights
Blasphemy in a human world — by Sikander Amani: Whether you like it or not, the notion of blasphemy, or of ‘defamation of religion’, creates a hierarchy of beliefs which is simply incompatible with the plurality of the world, and the very right to hold a belief The
Situation of Minorities in Pakistan – by Junaid Qaiser: After the tragic events of 9/11, Pakistani establishment finally had to set aside its traditional ideological hangovers, and instead raised a different slogan, “Pakistan First”. It was a matter of coercion or choice one can’t say with a degree
An example of how ‘desecration’ is staged and how it can be dealt with: How ‘desecration’ is stagedPakistan has been saved from another trauma in a village near Punjab’s city of Chichawatni, with a population of 4,000 divided between Muslims and Christians. What happened has familiar pattern: some pages of the Holy Quran
5 Ahmadis detained without proof of blasphemy: HRCP: Stop persecution of minorities in Pakistan. Amend the blasphemy law, a blunt tool to kill in the hands of extremist Islamists in Pakistan 5 Ahmadis detained without proof of blasphemy: HRCP * Report says relative of local MNA, elements