Thousands demonstrate in support of Pakistan's blasphemy law
Pakistani Islamists shout slogans during a rally in Karachi Sunday against the amendment of the blasphemy laws.
January 10th, 2011
10:18 AM ET

Thousands demonstrate in support of Pakistan's blasphemy law

Thousands of people turned out in Karachi Sunday to show their support for Pakistan's current blasphemy laws and warn the government against changing the laws.

The rally, called by the leaders of several hard-line Islamic groups, closed main roads and markets throughout the city. Demonstrators demanded Pakistan leave its blasphemy laws untouched. They make it a crime punishable by death to insult Islam, the Quran or the Prophet Mohammed.

A number of banners at the rally stated support for Muhammad Mumtaz Qadri, accused of shooting the governor of Punjab province earlier this month. Qadri was a bodyguard for Gov. Salman Taseer, a liberal lawmaker who spoke out against the blasphemy laws. Qadri told police he assassinated Taseer because "he did blasphemy of the Prophet Mohammed."

Read the full story of the demonstration here.

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soundoff (55 Responses)
  1. Muneef


    Kindly just check the link;


    January 13, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
  2. Muneef

    Heavy Floods and mud slides in Brazil + Heavy Floods in the Philippines...and in Sri Lanka...

    January 13, 2011 at 9:25 am |
    • Muneef

      Adding Thiland floods...volcano in Italy.... We should expect soon to see heavy hunger and starvation coming in the way as results of such floods... Wonder if we should expect gog and mugog soon ?

      January 13, 2011 at 9:59 am |
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