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December 23rd, 2010
08:27 AM ET

Pakistan parties protest possible blasphemy law changes

Pakistan's religious parties are planning protests this week against any attempts to change the nation's blasphemy laws, a party spokesman said Thursday.

Moulana Amjad Khan, spokesman for the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazal ur Rehman (JUI-F) party, said the JUI-F and other religious parties are going to hold the rallies on December 24.

JUI-F recently left the collation government led by President Asif Ali Zardari's Pakistan People's Party.

Religious parties have been upset since the governor of Punjab province, Salman Taseer, helped file a mercy petition with Zardari's office, requesting a pardon for Asia Bibi, a Christian woman sentenced for death for blasphemy.

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Filed under: Belief • Christianity • Islam • Quran • Religious liberty

soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Only Way

    If they do not protest it, the truth about Mohammed would be spoken openly and the country can not hang them. Why do you people affraid of free speech about Mohammed? Is it because all people have to say about Mohammed is bad? If that is the case, you should also re-think wether you want to follow Mohammed. No one is protesting when people say bad things about Jesus (there is nothing bad to say about Jesus).

    December 23, 2010 at 8:02 pm |
    • cynik77

      No because there are plenty of Muslims who think God given blasphemy laws apply to everyone, not just Muslims. So, saying something bad about Mohammed is evil, pure and simple, doesn't matter how harmless the comments may be.

      Also, maybe they're afraid Mohammed is going to cry foul to God that people didn't respect him, and somehow the guy who didn't enforce the blasphemy laws will burn in hell forever for his inability to stop the libel.

      I think it's time for some Sharia style litigation. Instead of blasphemy laws, any Muslim can sue someone else for libeling Mohammed. Then, they can spend some time in court proving how whatever was said was libel. Or maybe there should be a three witness rule for such blasphemy. If three peers did not hear the blasphemy, it didn't happen. Dunno, isn't an update on the laws possible? I mean, Taliban, Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Al Qaeda has already done plenty of their own updates, why can't the rest of the moderate Muslim world start enacting some laws that make sense. Shouldn't someone with a 21st Century education and an education in all things Muslim (including memorizing the Quran and all Islamic laws) be a better judge? Oh wait, it's OK to build bombs and benefit from 21st Century technology, but somehow reasoning has be to as backwards as possible.

      December 24, 2010 at 1:19 am |
  2. Q

    Thank you Jefferson, Madison and the Consti-tutional Convention for our 1st amendment...

    December 23, 2010 at 3:16 pm |
  3. Amrullah Yousafzai, Margalla Hills

    Why couldn't all Pakistani girls be more like her?
    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JfggTjKmUk&w=640&h=360]

    December 23, 2010 at 11:34 am |
    • cynik77

      Because they want to live and not get killed!

      December 24, 2010 at 1:08 am |
  4. Frogist

    So what are they protesting exactly? Is there actual movement towards changing the laws? If they are protesting, I hope that means there is such a move. Blasphemy laws only serve the purpose of preventing religious freedom. I hope Pakistan has the will and strength to remove them or at least modify them significantly.

    December 23, 2010 at 9:40 am |
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