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October 1st, 2012
04:30 PM ET

Explainer: Pakistan's blasphemy laws

By Reza Sayah, CNN

Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) - It has been more than a month since a teenage Christian girl was charged in Pakistan under the country's blasphemy laws . Her accusers say she burned pages from the Quran, Islam's holy book. Amid twists in her case, including changed statements by witnesses, she is facing life in prison.

On Monday, CNN reported that three witnesses whose testimony could absolve the 14-year-old Rimsha Masih have changed their statements, a potential setback for her. She has denied the charges.

The case has drawn the country's complex laws about blasphemy into the spotlight. Here is a primer on those laws.

What are the major stipulations of Pakistan's blasphemy laws, and what exactly do they prohibit?

Pakistan’s blasphemy law makes it a crime to destroy or damage the Quran or to insult the Prophet Mohammed.

The following are two sections of the law as they appear in Pakistan’s penal code:

Whoever will fully defiles, damages or desecrates a copy of the Holy Quran or of an extract therefrom or uses it in any derogatory manner or for any unlawful purpose shall be punishable for imprisonment for life.

Whoever by words, either spoken or written or by visible representation, or by any imputation, innuendo, or insinuation, directly or indirectly, defiles the sacred name of the Holy Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) shall be punished with death, or imprisonment for life, and shall also be liable to fine.

When were Pakistan's blasphemy laws adopted? What fueled them?

 According to the public policy think tank Jinnah Institute, Pakistan’s blasphemy laws originated in British colonial laws drafted in 1860 to protect religious beliefs and customs.

In the 1980s, under the rule of hardline Islamist and military dictator Gen. Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq, the laws were amended to include life imprisonment and the death penalty.

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Zia-ul-Haq accused previous governments of leading the country away from the principles of Islam and openly stated his mission to return Pakistan to a conservative Islamist state. Zia-ul-Haq’s reign is widely viewed as the “Islamization” of Pakistan.

Critics say that soon after the blasphemy law was amended under Zia-ul-Haq, many accusers began misusing the law and exploiting Pakistan’s ineffective justice system to settle personal scores and persecute minorities.

The Jinnah Institute says nine cases of blasphemy were reported in Pakistan between 1929 and 1982. Over the past 15 years, the number of cases has reached into the thousands.

What are the big Pakistani blasphemy cases in recent years that got international attention? How were they resolved?

In November 2010, Christian laborer Asia Bibi was sentenced to death after a fellow worker accused her of insulting Islam. The sentence is under appeal, and Bibi is still in jail.

Months after Bibi’s death sentence, provincial Gov. Salman Taseer and Federal Minister Shahbaz Bhatti – both moderate Pakistani politicians – were assassinated after public calls to amend the blasphemy laws.

In May 2010, militants attacked two mosques and killed more than 90 worshipers of the Ahmadi sect, minority Muslims often viewed as heretics and blasphemers by hardline Sunnis in Pakistan.

Why have some hardline Islamist groups in Pakistan rejected the call to change the blasphemy law and gone as far as praising the assassination of politicians who pushed for change?

Aasim Sajjad, a political analyst and professor of history at Islamabad's Quaid-i-Azam Univeristy, blames a succession of governments, leaders and institutions that have directly or indirectly either promoted or tolerated a hardline Islamist mindset.

“There are very well-entrenched structures of power that exist in this society,” Sajjad said. “Some of them have to do with how this state and its institutions are set up. Those deeply established structures are part of the answer why this continues to happen.

“What one needs to emphasize is how since its inception, the state has depicted itself as citadel of a particular kind of religious ideology. And what’s well-established is the direction of the state towards a self-proclaimed Islamic state during the late '70s and '80s. I think that was a fundamental turning point," he said.

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“Today, there is a wide cross-section of society that tolerates this, and I think there’s also an environment of fear where they feel that if they do stand up against it, they will be targeted. The primary sentiment is one of ‘keep your head down and don’t get yourself involved, because if you do, then you’re going to be set up to be jailed or killed,' " the professor said.

Is there any chance of meaningful debate or change when it comes to Pakistan’s blasphemy laws?

“I think it’s going to take a visionary political leadership which is willing to be courageous and take a stand to generate popular support,” Sajjad said.

“But my sense is that the mainstream political forces in this country have the same approach as most everyday Pakistanis, which is just put your head down and don’t take up these issues. Until a popular constituency develops, political will won’t be generated. Until a political will is generated, a popular constituency may not be developed.

“It’s like what came first, the chicken or the egg?”

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Islam • Islamic law • Pakistan • Quran

soundoff (1,048 Responses)
  1. Syed Hossain_Bangla Desh

    The disenchantment of minorities is evident by the recent uprising in India. From Bangalore to Mumbai, to Goa to Kerala and Chennai and Pune not to forget Assam and onto New Delhi ..... this is a premonition of epic proportions. We are witnessing the implosion of India..some will grasp it now while others will need to see it in the rear view mirror.

    August 26, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
    • Anon E Moose

      Wishful thinking.

      Ever since 1979, when Pakistan was reduced by half, they've been itching for the same to happen to India.

      Unlike Pakistan though, India hasn't murdered 3 million of it's own citizens nor pursued a deliberate
      campaign of raping 750,000 women in order to keep people in line. This is also why there is a free
      and independent nation of Bangladesh, a fact that slaps Pakistan in the face everytime it looks at
      a map or see it mentioned in the news.

      August 26, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
    • Larry H

      India's culture has become decadent. They have been slaughtering Bangladeshis for decades and r@ping their womenfolk.

      August 26, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
  2. Subbramanium

    If the Hindu man's wife dies, he is free to go and find another beautiful woman when he wants. But if the Hindu woman's husband dies, not only is she prohibited to remarry but she should be cremated along with her dead husband ("Sati").
    When His "Holiness" Puri Shankaracharya was asked about the fate of the widow's children, he replied – "it is fate! Let the children suffer or die without a mother. But SATI has to be performed according to Hinduism".

    August 26, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
  3. krm1007 ©™

    We now need to focus on India. The American invasion of Afghanistan brought to the forefront the irrelevance of India as a nation. With a population of over 1.2 billion people there was no value that this nation could bring to the table. Their soldiers (ragtag) 1.2 million continue hiding in the trenches scared from Talibans. A few teenage Talibans invaded the country and held it hostage for days on end showing how useless India is. It was embarrasing for the world to observe this humiliation of a nation that was being touted as a regional power.

    I continue to read with interest the thesis presented on CNN that "less is more" in a political context as applied to India. Although Mies Van Der Rohe adopted this in an architectural context, its economic and political connotations are indeed powerful. Empowering subjugated minorities in India by splitting it into smaller states would trigger uber economic demand for western nations who have given so much financial and technology aid to India with no return to show for the investment. I concur with this approach and with an economic background find the premise to be on solid footing. Central Asian States (CAS) are a case in point on this successful approach. We need to understand that India has an unmanageable large population mired in poverty and we are spinning our wheels trying to feed it. It is also too big of a geographical unit to govern. Again, we saw how a few teenage talibans were able to invade it with a few BB guns. And that says a lot... in a negative way not only for a large unmanageable country like India but also for USA which is trying to prop it up against China. Besides, Americans cannot afford to look like losers in the midst of a terror war which has lasted for over ten years now.

    August 26, 2012 at 12:58 pm |
    • Anon E Moose

      But unlike Pakistan, India wasn't hiding one of the most infamous of terrorists (OBL) and pretending not to know his whereabouts

      We definitely need India to counter-balance a duplicitous and evil-doing Pakistan.

      August 26, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
    • Saratoga

      Excellent presentation. China will probably ensure the final breakup of India.

      August 26, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
  4. Samuel Brinckerhoff PhD

    stay tune for my next post on how to bang animals of all shapes and sizes without getting caught.

    August 26, 2012 at 12:58 pm |
    • Suresh Gandwala

      INDIA: S@X WITH COWS
      In many Hindu temples there are sculptures depicting men having s@x not only with men but also cows. What is the meaning of this? Is not the cow sacred? If it is, then it should be worshipped not s@xually assaulted!

      August 26, 2012 at 1:00 pm |
    • Mohammad Bakrachod

      for those my followers who are planning to join me in Jannat on or before infidel labor day, I will throw an extra goat with 72 hoors, and that's my promise. You will not get this deal until next labor day. don't miss the opportunity.

      August 26, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
  5. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    August 26, 2012 at 12:50 pm |
  6. Samuel Brinckerhoff PhD

    It is no secret that Hitler and his Nazi cronies sought inspiration from Indian extremist groups including the branding of his Nazi Party by adopting the Swastika, a traditionally Hindu symbol and representation of Hindu god Ganesha, as its marketing tool. The thesis being that like the Norwegian massacre, the Jewish holocaust orchestrated by Hitler was inspired by the inherently violent cult of Indian Hindus and the manifesto of its then extremist/terrorist groups still in existence today. These groups are now the successors to and carrying out the vision of Al Qaeda all over the world.

    August 26, 2012 at 12:49 pm |
    • betty7

      I have read that the Sikh massacre in Wisconsin was inspired by Hindu extremist elements in India. Terrorism is now in digital age and has no boundaries. These hindu extremist groups need to be shadowed and shut down.

      August 26, 2012 at 1:06 pm |
    • hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

      Nazi racist ideology has its roots in hindu, pagan Egypt, ancestral home land of Saxons, meaning tied to or forged with essence, meanings god's, subcontinent never was part of hindu denial of truth absolute but hinduism, racism was imposed by force by hindu's, criminals of Egypt and Persia on nomadic population of subcontinent by declaring themselves to be god's, while native's of Europe were slaughtered to extinction by hindu Gaul's, criminal self centered after they were defeated as hindu, deniers of truth abolute Pharaoh's by the king's of Sudan. Letter X, Hinduism, forgery of word, tied to or forged with. hindu criminal sign of swastika is formed by joining of upright hindu criminal Pharaoh's pyramid and up side down on same axis, invisible pyramid of his hindu pagan Priest, crossing point of both pyramid's creates Swastika above burial chamber of hindu, pagan, self centered Pharaoh. Envisioned by hindu, pagan Zoroaster, preached by hindu, criminal Plato and displayed in Physical form by hindu sanatan, filthy goon Pythagoras. Presence of hinduism, racism is less than 3000 thousand years old in sub continent , not as hindu's, deniers of truth absolute hind, lie of 6000 years in their Hinduism, absurdity. hindu filthy sign of hinduism, pagan ism labeled as Star of David by hindu Jew's, pagan secular s has nothing to do with Israelite but top view of meeting of two hindu, fabricated pyramid to illustrate god hood of two hindu, criminal person's.
      Word Jew is based on Latin word Yahood, Je or Ja, Ye, or Ya, meaning from heart and mind base word for Yes in English, HOOD, habit or habitat, meaning, self centered or a secular, denier of truth absolute, such as King, or Pig, in disregard to truth absolute and Judaism, One who takes a wow to be in violation of truth by his intent, considering himself to be the God, the truth absolute, same as in hindu, denier of truth absolute, word hindu is based on Latin word hindrance, negativity, HAN, great, Hun, to be in greatness and hin, to be negative to both of them, hindu, a noun in negativity, hinduism, way of negativity, as in word Jew, a self centered or a criminal, otherwise known as a goon, a shaman. Judaism is not a religion but in opposition, defiance to truth absolute in self center ism..

      August 26, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
    • Simran

      @Betty,
      Now exactly where do you get these delusions from? Some special "Betty Times" I presume.

      August 26, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      @ "hinduism source of hindufilthyracism."

      Keep believing the lies of Satan Mohammad on the Quran. Heaven will not miss muslims. A roach climbed in my nose while I was drinking from the cat dish. If you insist on believing Mohammad's lies you burn in his kitchen, hell.

      Amen

      August 26, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
    • betty7

      @Simran

      no I was getting fvcked with a muslim friend. He was saying loud while making love. For him it was Viagra effect and for me it was learning while playing.

      August 26, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
  7. Az Zaqqum

    This should be challenged!
    The Quran does not have blasphemy laws, it says the opposite! Blasphemy laws come from the hadith and those laws came from Biblical law
    What I don't understand is why they prefer Biblical laws over their own laws? And why they aren't challenged on this!

    August 26, 2012 at 11:47 am |
    • kindless

      Well there you go. Once again, leave it to the politicians and salesmen of old to confuse the hell out of other religions and countries with their untrustworthy made-up biblical babble. My goodness.

      August 26, 2012 at 12:41 pm |
    • hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

      In divine language word hinduism, absurdity called religion does not exist, borne out of hindu Judaism, filthy secularism defiance of truth absolute of Persia and Egyptian hindu pagan origin , hindu Jew's criminal secular s pretending to be Hebrew, but Theen Allah, way of truth absolute, source for peace, Shalom among humanity, Quran quantifies it and Hidat explains the La, limit's absolute to reach peace Islam in life. hinduism, corruption of truth absolute labeled a bible has nothing to do with truth absolute but justification of hindu Mithra ism, filthy savior ism, foundation of hindu filthy hinduism,. racism.

      August 26, 2012 at 12:50 pm |
    • Anon E Moose

      Well said!

      The problem isn't w/ the Koran, it's w/ the Muslims who claim to be following God's Word.

      As anyone who surfs the Internet knows, the distortion of signal (or msg) increases the further along the signal is propagated.

      And as the signal gets more distorted, the more violent and murderous these same Muslims get.

      Currently, more Muslims get killed by other Muslims than by outsider groups..

      Kind of like the way our African-Americans murder each other in alarming numbers.

      August 26, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
    • hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

      The fake "hinduism source of hindufilthyracism." is a pathetic freak who jumps through every hoop his Pakistani bosses tell him to do. Freak posts incoherent messages on this board and trying to ignite religious hatred among the different groups.

      August 26, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
  8. fastball

    Any nation having a "blasphemy" law – regardless of punishment – needs to be fenced off for the next hundred years.

    August 26, 2012 at 11:33 am |
    • truth be trolled

      I don't think that is the solution, but if it were, you'd have to keep them off the internet as well, otherwise they would be like the HeavenSent nation of the world.

      August 26, 2012 at 12:45 pm |
    • truth be told

      Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery .
      Think for yourself much ?

      August 26, 2012 at 12:52 pm |
    • Anon E Moose

      Or given more AK-47s so they can do more self-culling.

      From what I understand, declaring 'Blasphemy' or 'Jihad' in Pakistan is SOP and a pretty shoddy pretext for doing violence against your next-door neighbors, especially in the NW territories.

      August 26, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
  9. Jack

    Everyone is cordially invited to visit... thestarofkaduri.com

    August 26, 2012 at 11:19 am |
  10. Reality

    Actually, it is the Muslims who should burn their copies of the koran for the 1400 year old con job that is pulled on them daily by the imams and ayatollahs. Christians should burn their copies of the NT for the 2000 year old con job that has been perpetuated on them by popes, bishops, priests, ministers and evangelicals. And Jews should burn their copies of the OT/Torah for the 6000 year old con job pulled on them by their past and current rabbis.

    August 26, 2012 at 10:47 am |
    • Mirror Mirror on the Wall

      According to Valmith’s Ramayana, God Rama “ATE” meat. Why then have these Brahmins given up beef-eating? Come on guys, feed the low caste in India with some steaks !!!

      Hinduism is a band of dung worshippers.

      August 26, 2012 at 12:52 pm |
  11. prisha

    why not put rfid trackers in koran and track these to who threw them in trash so that they can get to the source first.

    August 26, 2012 at 10:37 am |
    • Anon E Moose

      Now, now... that would have to involve due process and a fair trial.... concepts that aren't relevant in a religion that wants to tunr back the clock to the 6/7th century.

      Besides, it's technology which, as we all know, is the tool of Satan/The West

      August 26, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
  12. Reality

    AND ONCE AGAIN:–>>>>>> (ONLY FOR THE NEW MEMBERS)->>>>>

    THE SAFE AND EASY SOLUTION: (Analogous steps are available at your request for deprogramming the myths of Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Paganism..)

    From the studies of Armstrong, Rushdie, Hirsi Ali, Richardson and Bayhaqi––

    The Five Steps To Deprogram 1400 Years of Islamic Myths:

    ( –The Steps take less than two minutes to finish- simply amazing, two minutes to bring peace and rationality to over one billion lost souls- Priceless!!!)

    Are you ready?

    Using "The 77 Branches of Islamic "faith" a collection compiled by Imam Bayhaqi as a starting point. In it, he explains the essential virtues that reflect true "faith" (iman) through related Qur’anic verses and Prophetic sayings." i.e. a nice summary of the Koran and Islamic beliefs.

    The First Five of the 77 Branches:

    "1. Belief in Allah"

    aka as God, Yahweh, Zeus, Jehovah, Mother Nature, etc. should be added to your self-cleansing neurons.

    "2. To believe that everything other than Allah was non-existent. Thereafter, Allah Most High created these things and subsequently they came into existence."

    Evolution and the Big Bang or the "Gi-b G-nab" (when the universe starts to recycle) are more plausible and the "akas" for Allah should be included if you continue to be a "crea-tionist".

    "3. To believe in the existence of angels."

    A major item for neuron cleansing. Angels/de-vils are the mythical creations of ancient civilizations, e.g. Hitt-ites, to explain/define natural events, contacts with their gods, big birds, sudden winds, protectors during the dark nights, etc. No "pretty/ug-ly wingy thingies" ever visited or talked to Mohammed, Jesus, Mary or Joseph or Joe Smith. Today we would classify angels as f–airies and "tin–ker be-lls". Modern de-vils are classified as the de-mons of the de-mented.

    "4. To believe that all the heavenly books that were sent to the different prophets are true. However, apart from the Quran, all other books are not valid anymore."

    Another major item to delete. There are no books written in the spirit state of Heaven (if there is one) just as there are no angels to write/publish/distribute them. The Koran, OT, NT etc. are simply books written by humans for humans.

    Prophets were invented by ancient scribes typically to keep the un-educated masses in line. Today we call them for-tune tellers.

    Prophecies are also invali-dated by the natural/God/Allah gifts of Free Will and Future.

    "5. To believe that all the prophets are true. However, we are commanded to follow the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings
    be upon him) alone."

    Mohammed spent thirty days "fasting" (the Ramadan legend) in a hot cave before his first contact with Allah aka God etc. via a "pretty wingy thingy". Common sense demands a neuron deletion of #5. #5 is also the major source of Islamic vi-olence i.e. turning Mohammed's "fast, hunger-driven" hallu-cinations into horrible reality for unbelievers.

    Walk these Five Steps and we guarantee a complete recovery from your Islamic ways!!!!

    Unfortunately, there are not many Muslim commentators/readers on this blog so the "two-minute" cure is not getting to those who need it. If you have a Muslim friend, send him a copy and help save the world.

    August 26, 2012 at 10:37 am |
    • Reality

      A faster solution to solve most of the problems caused by religion plus saving the "souls" of 3.5 billion global citizens:

      SAVING 1.5 BILLION LOST MUSLIMS:
      THERE NEVER WERE AND NEVER WILL BE ANY ANGELS I.E. NO GABRIEL, NO ISLAM AND THEREFORE NO MORE KORANIC-DRIVEN ACTS OF HORROR AND TERROR LIKE 9/11.

      SAVING 2 BILLION LOST CHRISTIANS:
      THERE WERE NEVER ANY BODILY RESURRECTIONS AND THERE WILL NEVER BE ANY BODILY RESURRECTIONS I.E. NO EASTER, NO CHRISTIANITY.

      SAVING 15.5 MILLION FOLLOWERS OF JUDAISM:
      ABRAHAM AND MOSES PROBABLY NEVER EXISTED.

      prob•a•bly

      Adverb: Almost certainly; as far as one knows or can tell.

      Added details upon request.

      August 26, 2012 at 10:41 am |
  13. prisha

    why they are not posting my comment

    August 26, 2012 at 10:35 am |
    • Damocles

      CNN is sensitive to bad letter combinations such as c/um and ti/t, so check what you are writing.

      August 26, 2012 at 10:41 am |
    • Reality

      • The moderators of this blog have set up a secret forbidden word filter which unfortunately not only will delete or put your comment in the dreaded "waiting for moderation" category but also will do the same to words having fragments of these words. For example, "t-it" is in the set but the filter will also pick up words like Hitt-ite, t-itle, beati-tude, practi-tioner and const-tution. Then there are words like "an-al" thereby flagging words like an-alysis and "c-um" flagging acc-umulate or doc-ument. And there is also "r-a-pe", “a-pe” and “gra-pe”, "s-ex", and "hom-ose-xual". You would think that the moderators would have corrected this by now considering the number of times this has been commented on but they have not. To be safe, I typically add hyphens in any word that said filter might judge "of-fensive".

      • Make sure the web address does not have any forbidden word or fragment.

      Sum Dude routinely updates the list of forbidden words/fragments.

      Two of the most filtered words are those containing the fragments "t-it" and "c-um". To quickly check your comments for these fragments, click on "Edit" on the Tool Bar and then "Find" on the menu. Add a fragment (without hyphens) one at a time in the "Find" slot and the offending fragment will be highlighted in your comments before you hit the Post button. Hyphenate the fragment(s) and then hit Post. And remember more than one full web address will also gain a "Waiting for Moderation".

      Zeb’s alphabetical listing

      o “bad letter combinations / words to avoid if you want to get past the CNN "awaiting moderation" filter:
      Many, if not most, are buried within other words, so use your imagination.
      You can use dashes, spaces, or other characters to modify the "offending" letter combinations.
      --–
      ar-se.....as in Car-se, etc.
      ba-stard
      co-ck.....as in co-ckatiel, co-ckatrice, co-ckleshell, co-ckles, lubco-ck, etc.
      co-on.....as in rac-oon, coc-oon, etc.
      cu-m......as in doc-ument, accu-mulate, circu-mnavigate, circu-mstances, cu-mbersome, cuc-umber, etc.
      cu-nt.....as in Scu-ntthorpe, a city in the UK famous for having problems with filters...!
      do-uche
      ef-fing...as in ef-fing filter
      ft-w......as in soft-ware, delft-ware, swift-water, etc.
      fu-ck......!
      ho-mo.....as in ho-mo sapiens or ho-mose-xual, ho-mogenous, etc.
      ho-rny....as in tho-rny, etc.
      jacka-ss...yet "ass" is allowed by itself.....
      ja-p......as in j-apanese, ja-pan, j-ape, etc.
      ji-sm
      koo-ch....as in koo-chie koo..!
      nip-ple
      pi-s......as in pi-stol, lapi-s, pi-ssed, therapi-st, etc.
      pr-ick....as in pri-ckling, pri-ckles, etc.
      ra-pe.....as in scra-pe, tra-peze, gr-ape, thera-peutic, sara-pe, etc.
      se-x......as in Ess-ex, s-exual, etc.
      sh-@t.....but shat is okay – don't use the @ symbol there.
      sh-it
      sl-ut
      sn-atch
      sp-ic.....as in disp-icable, hosp-ice, consp-icuous, susp-icious, sp-icule, sp-ice, etc.
      ti-t......as in const-itution, att-itude, ent-ities, alt-itude, beat-itude, etc.
      tw-at.....as in wristw-atch, nightw-atchman, etc.
      va-g......as in extrava-gant, va-gina, va-grant, va-gue, sava-ge, etc.
      who-re....as in who're you kidding / don't forget to put in that apostrophe!
      wt-f....also!!!!!!!

      There are more, some of them considered "racist", so do not assume that this list is complete.
      -–
      Allowed words / not blocked at all:
      anal
      anus
      ass
      boob
      crap
      damn
      execute
      hell
      kill
      masturbation
      murder
      penis
      pubic
      raping (ra-pe is not ok)
      shat (sh-@t is not ok)
      sphincter
      testes
      testicles

      The CNN / WordPress filter also filters your EMAIL address and NAME as well – so you might want to check those.

      August 26, 2012 at 10:43 am |
    • Amit-Atlanta-USA

      The Pakistani radio commentator was Fasi Zaka.

      August 26, 2012 at 12:13 pm |
  14. telveer

    Blasphemy and Law should not even be in the same sentence.

    August 26, 2012 at 10:14 am |
  15. buckshot

    I get a kick out of the bible thumpers on this blog. So many menataliy brain disabled . . . Being an atheist is good and healthy for me, it and reality works a lot better then believing in some myth and those fairy tales, that goes for all, and I mean ALL religions. I wish I could say what I really want to, but it wouldn't get past the censors.

    August 26, 2012 at 10:11 am |
  16. heashon2000

    More proof that portion of the world should be walled off.

    August 26, 2012 at 10:11 am |
  17. Semantics101

    Good thing rational thought gives a heretic a second chance or we would begin to see genocide.

    August 26, 2012 at 9:58 am |
  18. al-Waziri

    One must be fair, says the holy Quran. Since Christian crusaders cannot preach or worship in Arabia, then also Islam should be forbidden and illegal anywhere in western Europe and the United States.

    The penalty should be the same, so death to any preaching Sunni anywhere in the western world.

    August 26, 2012 at 9:51 am |
    • Mirror Mirror on the Wall

      ARE INDIANS UBER TERRORISTS OR WHAT???? Forget the GDP, focus on these murder statistics.
      In India, millions of girls are strangled, slowly starved or simply tossed in the trash. Moreover, in India, at least 1,370 girls are aborted every day. As a comparison, some 250 Indians die every day in road accidents. Terrorists killed about six people, on an average, every day in 2009. In the last two decades of economic progress, 10 million girls have died as such in India.
      SHAME ON INDIA AND ITS BARBARIC AND MEDIEVAL CULTURE !!!
      Indians have killed more human beings (girls particularly) than Al Qaeda and Talibans put together.

      August 26, 2012 at 12:55 pm |
  19. Jack Frost

    Pakistan is a disgrace to the world.. That country should be more-less completely destroyed

    August 26, 2012 at 9:50 am |
    • al-Waziri

      It is a veritable s**thole full of maniacs. Few people anywhere are as cruel as Pakis are.

      August 26, 2012 at 9:52 am |
    • Simran

      So your simple solution to the problem is to exterminate 176,745,364 people from the face of earth (population of Pakistan as in 2011)? And how many of these would be innocent people and kids?
      Your intolerance is towards an entire country bcoz of the wrong doings of probably how many (maybe 10,000 people in power) who dictate and execute the law!

      August 26, 2012 at 10:00 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      Pakistan confines its abuses more-or-less to its people and its neighbors' people. America is much less limited in how it affects the world. Its greed and consumption of resources and the things it does and is willing to do that affect people all over the world just to support its way of life make a much stronger case that America should be more-or-less completely destroyed.

      August 26, 2012 at 10:10 am |
    • Amit-Atlanta-USA

      Simran:

      Not sure whether you are from Lahore or Karachi, or one of the INNUMEROUSweak hearted liberals, such as the one's in India, America, Europe and most of the free world!

      You said
      "(maybe 10,000 people in power) who dictate and execute the law!"

      Do you know how many thousands of COMMON Pakistanis turn-out to punish, lynch these unfortunate minorities.

      I am reminded of the words of one of Pakistan's own famous radio commentator who said

      ""THE SILENT MAJORITY (of Pakistanis) DOES NOT WANT TO TAKE OUT A GUN AND SHOOT ANYONE, BUT AT THE SAME TIME THEY ARE NOT APPALLED BY IT WHEN SOMEBODY ELSE DOES.....................THE MAJORITY ARE ENABLERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

      August 26, 2012 at 12:09 pm |
    • Simran

      Amit,
      I neither live in Pakistan, nor one of the lands you talk about. I live in a peaceful city of India (never heard of riots in my place even once), I have met and interacted with a lot of Pakistanis during exhibitions. And have had a lot of Muslim acquaintances.
      So I do not understand how we can hate an entire country. Now by the same logic I would want to hate India too for several acts of religious extremism done here.
      Well, as I said before, if your solution is bombing down an entire country, how do you justify that?

      August 26, 2012 at 12:33 pm |
    • Simran

      And do please justify your claim of liberals being weak-hearted?
      How can practice of tolerance towards others, of trying to see both sides of the coin, ever be labeled weak-heartedness? When did I say I approve of the Blasphemy law? I responded to the original post by saying that the solution is not to exterminate an entire country.
      Now your reaction is one that has been generated by decades of animosity bw India and Pakistan, bw Islam and other religions.
      And I think that is cowardice – failing to see who the real culprit is and just taking revenge from whoever you can target. A blind mob in riots where no one actually knows why and who they are killing.
      It takes strength to forgive and move on, which is precisely the need of the hour.

      August 26, 2012 at 12:39 pm |
    • Carl H

      I have read with interest the thesis presented in this forum that "small is beautiful". Empowering subjugated minorities in India by splitting it into smaller states would trigger uber economic demand for western nations who have given so much financial and technology aid to India with no return to show for the investment. I concur with this approach and find the premise to be on solid footing. Central Asian States (CAS) are a case in point on this successful approach. We need to understand that India has an unmanageable large population mired in poverty and we are spinning our wheels trying to feed it. It is also too big of a geographical unit to govern. Again, we saw how a few teenage talibans were able to invade it with a few BB guns. Even the CIA/Mossad were not able to stop it.

      August 26, 2012 at 12:57 pm |
    • Anon E Moose

      Your wish will be someone's command

      4 Times has Pakistan initiated wars against India. 4 Times they have lost.

      We almost had a 5th war, involving nuclear exchanges, over Kashmir. (Un)Fortunately both sides stepped back from the brink.

      There will inevitably be a 5th war involving nukes, because Pakistan can't help itself, it needs India as a daemon & boogie-man.

      This one will finish Pakistan because it's a fiction of a country, held together by whatever illiusion being promoted
      (America = Bad, India = Bad, Israel = Bad).

      In the following collapse of Pakistan, some of the various regions will get absorbed:
      NW Frontier –> Afghanistan, Punjab –> India

      August 26, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
    • Saratoga

      Apparently, Pakistani nukes are programmed to vaporize India in 8 seconds.

      August 26, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
  20. agathokles

    I've never quite understood why "the true religion" finds such a need to protect itself from others. Can't God take care of Himself, without our "help"?

    August 26, 2012 at 9:45 am |
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