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

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soundoff (1,048 Responses)
  1. zkkhan

    As very rightly stated in the article it’s going to take a visionary political leadership which is willing to be courageous and take a stand to generate popular support. To me Pakistan political party MQM has the visionary leadership to accept this challenge. The only shortcoming with MQM it does not have popular public support in all the areas of Pakistan. Other possibility with Peoples Party. The moment Mr Bilawal or Fatima Bhutto will take over, both have the vision and courage to take on this challenge. However for this option Pakistanis have to wait for couple of years. The last but not least an unusual resort is take over by some visionary and courageous army commander who can do it. Not like Gen P Musharraf who had the vision but lacked the courage.

    August 25, 2012 at 5:17 am |
    • Billy

      Military takeovers are not acceptable in Islam unless it is done through negotiation and not violence and intimidation:
      Surah Al-Baqara
      Fight in the way of Allah against those who fight against you, but begin not hostilities. Lo! Allah loveth not aggressors. (190)

      I want to go to Pakistan and teach the law. If enough people agree with me and follow the law, then perhaps the president will take my advice, but to me it is fine if Musharaf remains president. Once people see the success of the proper application of Islamic law at the local level it will spread God willing. As for the idolaters (Hindu and Christian) they should be sent to India and monotheists from India should be sent to Pakistan. That is the only way, because otherwise they would have to be killed if they did any act of worship to their false deities. Actually, the first Jewish-Roman war started when one Greek did just one Pagan sacrifice. That should tell you how serious this offense is.

      August 25, 2012 at 5:51 pm |
  2. Our Lord The Saviour

    New, More Dangerous Hindu Extremist Groups Emerge in India

    Christians concerned as rightwing factions splinter to form militant outfits.
    PUNE, India, October 29 (CDN) — After more than a decade of severe persecution, India’s Christian minority is growing increasingly concerned over the mushrooming of newer and deadlier Hindu extremist groups.

    Gone are the days when Christians had to watch out only for the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (World Hindu Council) and its youth wing, Bajrang Dal, which are closely linked with the most influential Hindu extremist umbrella organization, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). With voter support faltering for the RSS’s political wing, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), moderate and extremist sections within the Hindu nationalist movement are blaming each other, and militant splinter groups have emerged.

    Claiming to be breakaway factions of the RSS, new groups with even more extreme ideology are surfacing. The Abhinav Bharat (Pride of India), the Rashtriya Jagran Manch (National Revival Forum), the Sri Ram Sene (Army of god Rama), the Hindu Dharam Sena (Army for Hindu Religion) and the Sanatan Sanstha (Eternal Organization) have launched numerous violent attacks on Christian and Muslim minorities.

    August 25, 2012 at 5:11 am |
  3. Sammy 'Samosa' Salvatore


    A recent report by United Press trust of India (UPI) stated that during the past three years more than 2,500 young boys and girls were sacrificed to goddess Kali in India. Another of AFP's recent reports say: hundreds of young boys and virgin girls are sacrificed every month for the deity Kali. In one case Rama Sewak hacked his eight year old son to death in broad daylight in Delhi because goddess Kali had told him he would come back to life and bring him good fortune. Bloodthirsty Kali is worshipped openly the length and breadth of India. Kali's statue stands naked astride the inanimate body of the Hindu deity Shiva, tongue stuck out with blood dripping from fang-like teeth. She holds a noose, a skull-topped staff, a blood-encrusted sword and a severed head. She is also known as Durga, Devi, Shaktima, Uma and Parvathi in other manifestations. The priest of Delhi, Kali Bari, says that a child sacrificed to Kali ensures a man the birth of a son. Human sacrifices are also made to these gods or goddesses, either to appease them or to ask favours of them.

    August 25, 2012 at 5:07 am |
  4. In the Name of Our Lord

    The Sri Ram Sene was one of the most active groups that launched a series of attacks on Christians and their property in and around Mangalore city in the southern state of Karnataka, India in August-September 2008, according to a report, “The Ugly Face of Sangh Parivar,” published by the People’s Union of Civil Liberties (PUCL), in March 2009. In Jabalpur city in the central state of Madhya Pradesh, suspected extremists from the Abhinav Bharat attacked the Rhema Gospel Church on Sept. 28, according to the Global Council of Indian Christians. They had earlier attacked Pastor Sam Oommen and his family in the same city on Aug. 3.

    August 25, 2012 at 5:00 am |
  5. tasawarwaris

    The area, (Mehra Abad) this is an unplanned, un-authorized locality in suburbs of Islamabad. The land was previously used as agricultural land and later on the landlords (Maliks-A Cast) constructed small homes and rent it over to low income communities (mostly Christians). With the passage of time this locality become shanty town of thousands of houses with no roads, no portable water, poor electric system and worst law and order situation. This is unique locality of Christians where they are living along with Muslim community otherwise generally Christian community are separately build
    According to Christian community on the day of incident suddenly a boy told people that this girl did blasphemy act inside her home and call in all people living around. People gathered and took hold of the poor family and within hours situation become worst. Almost 450 families left their houses and vacant the area. Houses were found locked and local people told that many people faced thefts in their houses. (a Man told that all of dowry of her sister stolen by some unknown people). People also told that there was boy who had relations with girl of that house and after getting failed to get her he made plan to fix blasphemy on the family
    According to Muslims, the incident is 100% true and mother and girl both accept it and asking for pardon when police capture them.
    The biggest issue is not that either blasphemy act was true or not, but real dilemma is that 450 Families left their houses and now living in threat somewhere in the City. More than 2500 School going children lost their schools which are going to open on 31 after summer vacations
    While talking to Christian Fathers and religious leaders, they told that they are owning the families and trying to arrange food and daily needs. They refuse to take any kind of help (tents cash etc) but they are asking for permanent solutions by providing them living anywhere in the city
    Tasawar Waris,
    Researcher, Coordinator, Associate Producer
    Dunya News
    For more details tasawar.waris@dunyatv.tv

    August 25, 2012 at 3:44 am |
    • Billy

      The problem is that they do not apply the true Islamic law. If they did then the Christians would not be scared, because they would be protected by law:
      Sura 5 – Al-Maeda (MADINA) : Verse 8

      O ye who believe! Be steadfast witnesses for Allah in equity, and let not hatred of any people seduce you that ye deal not justly. Deal justly, that is nearer to your duty. Observe your duty to Allah. Lo! Allah is Informed of what ye do.

      Also, they would be living in their own communities with their own laws so Muslims would not know anything about what they were doing anyways. It is completely unnaceptable for an idolater, whether Christian or otherwise, to live in an Islamic community. That is the true problem. They should find a peaceful and fair way to separate.

      August 25, 2012 at 4:11 am |
  6. Billy

    They are Sunnis, not Muslims. Muslims must follow the Torah, the Gospel, and the Qur'an. In Islam that would not be considered blasphemy. Blasphemy is cursing the name of God. Also, they have to be of the age of majority to get punished. However, a Christian should not be living in a real Islamic country anyways:
    Deuteronomy 17:2
    If there be found in the midst of thee, within any of thy gates which the LORD thy God giveth thee, man or woman, that doeth that which is evil in the sight of the LORD thy God, in transgressing His covenant, and hath gone and served other gods, and worshipped them, or the sun, or the moon, or any of the host of heaven, which I have commanded not; and it be told thee, and thou hear it, then shalt thou inquire diligently, and, behold, if it be true, and the thing certain, that such abomination is wrought in Israel; then shalt thou bring forth that man or that woman, who have done this evil thing, unto thy gates, even the man or the woman; and thou shalt stone them with stones, that they die.
    At the mouth of two witnesses, or three witnesses, shall he that is to die be put to death; at the mouth of one witness he shall not be put to death.
    the hand of the witnesses shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterward the hand of all the people. So thou shalt put away the evil from the midst of thee.

    August 25, 2012 at 3:40 am |
    • Billy

      Unitarians could live in a Muslim society, but not Christians that worship Jesus.

      August 25, 2012 at 3:47 am |
  7. AlienShark

    "History makes it clear however, that the legend of fanatical Muslims sweeping through the world and forcing Islam at the point of the sword upon conquered races is one of the most fantastically absurd myths that historians have ever repeated." –De Lacy O'Leary, ISLAM AT THE CROSSROADS, London, 1923, p. 8.

    “The Christian World came to wage crusades against Muslims but eventually knelt before them to gain knowledge. They were spellbound to see that Muslims were owners of a culture that was far superior to their own. The Dark Ages of Europe were illuminated by nothing but the beacon of Muslim Civilization.” (F.J.C Hearushaw, The Science of History.)

    “The Renaissance of Europe did not take place in the 15th century. Rather it began when Europe learned from the culture of the Arabs. The cradle of European awakening is not Italy. It is the Muslim Spain.” (Robert Briffault, The Making Of Mankind)

    “The lies which we [Christians] have heaped round this man (Mohammed), are disgraceful to ourselves only.” (Thomas Carlyle, Heroes and Hero Worship)

    “Muhammed was the most successful of all religious personalities.” (Encyclopedia Britannica, 4th & 11th editions)

    “The greatest crimes, the greatest “sin” of Mohammed in the eyes of Christian West is that he did not allow himself to be slaughtered, to be “crucified” by his enemies. He only defended himself, his family and his followers; and finally vanquished his enemies. Mohammed’s success is the Christians’ gall of disappointment… He did not believe in any vicarious sacrifices for the sins of others.” (Edward Gibbon, Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.)

    August 25, 2012 at 1:05 am |
    • Anti_Jihad

      http://www. telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/9495451/Christian-boy-tortured-and-killed-in-Pakistan.html

      August 25, 2012 at 1:25 am |
    • Anti_Jihad

      Aisha was only 9 years old when Mohamed did her.

      August 25, 2012 at 1:28 am |
    • trytobeobjective

      certainly it is true that the prophet muhammad defended himself and was also successful in spreading his message. however, history is full of pacifists,, including jesus, buddha, martin luther king, ghandi and arguably nelson mandela who accomplished similar feats of liberation without utilizing the tool of violence. this seems far more impressive to me, and none of these individuals claimed a messianic role.

      August 25, 2012 at 2:59 am |
  8. GotMiracle

    The arrest of this 11 year old ILLITERATE handicapped child still does not make any legal sense, even by the religiously skewed laws of Pakistan. If she is deficient in normal understanding & cannot read; then there could have been NO WILLFUL destruction of the Koran. I feel it would be appropriate for the child & her family to be offered asylum with safe transport to a country that can actually tell the difference between real offenses & trumped up charges.
    I wish I could offer the poor family that aid myself; but sadly, it is not within my ability. Pakistan has that ability, but they have not shown the compassion they claim is a part of their beliefs. Cases like this one lowers them further in the eyes of the world.

    August 25, 2012 at 1:00 am |
  9. Diego

    It's amazing how much people "need" to be led, how much they "need" to belong to something greater than themselves, and its utterly incredible how much people believe and see what they want to see. We have an inate need to be right....and it's scary. Please ask yourself why would an all powerful, all knowing, creator of time and the cosmos...why would a being like that need us or need any one of us to do things for him? Like the poeple who kill abortion doctors or the people who make the rules to kill or imprison others for destroying or insulting a book??? Do these people think that the all mighty and all powerful could not take care of that blasfimer by himself? Very interesting to know we obviously can't just leave things to God alone to punish or find any kind of retribution.

    August 25, 2012 at 12:44 am |
  10. Reality

    And still some more "blasphemy" aka THE TRUTH:

    3. Mohammed was an illiterate, womanizing, lust and greed-driven, warmongering, hallucinating Arab, who also had embellishing/hallucinating/plagiarizing scribal biographers who not only added "angels" and flying chariots to the koran but also a militaristic agenda to support the plundering and looting of the lands of non-believers.

    This agenda continues as shown by the ma-ssacre in Mumbai, the as-sas-sinations of Bhutto and Theo Van Gogh, the conduct of the seven Muslim doctors in the UK, the 9/11 terrorists, the 24/7 Sunni suicide/roadside/market/mosque bombers, the 24/7 Shiite suicide/roadside/market/mosque bombers, the Islamic bombers of the trains in the UK and Spain, the Bali crazies, the Kenya crazies, the Pakistani “koranics”, the Palestine suicide bombers/rocketeers, the Lebanese nutcases, the Taliban nut jobs, the Ft. Hood follower of the koran, and the Filipino “koranics”.

    And who funds this muck and stench of terror? The warmongering, Islamic, Shiite terror and torture theocracy of Iran aka the Third Axis of Evil and also the Sunni "Wannabees" of Saudi Arabia.

    Current crises:

    The Sunni-Shiite blood feud (e.g. Syria and also Iraq) and the warmongering, womanizing (11 wives), hallucinating founder.

    August 25, 2012 at 12:03 am |
    • hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

      typical hinduism, absurdity of a hindu, ignorant from hindered gutter land india, borne to spew his hinduism filthy against truth absolute,

      August 25, 2012 at 12:19 am |
    • Reality

      Humanity follows two world-wide sects:

      One, man intelligent without religion,

      The second, religious without intellect. "

      Al-Ma'arri- ~1000 AD/CE

      August 25, 2012 at 7:15 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Vanity, vanity, vanity of man RealityNot.

      Ecclesiastes 1:1-18

      1 The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.
      2 Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all [is] vanity.
      3 What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun?
      4 [One] generation passeth away, and [another] generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever.
      5 The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to his place where he arose.
      6 The wind goeth toward the south, and turneth about unto the north; it whirleth about continually, and the wind returneth again according to his circuits.
      7 All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea [is] not full; unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again.
      8 All things [are] full of labour; man cannot utter [it]: the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.
      9 The thing that hath been, it [is that] which shall be; and that which is done [is] that which shall be done: and [there is] no new [thing] under the sun.
      10 Is there [any] thing whereof it may be said, See, this [is] new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us.
      11 [There is] no remembrance of former [things]; neither shall there be [any] remembrance of [things] that are to come with [those] that shall come after.
      12 I the Preacher was king over Israel in Jerusalem.
      13 And I gave my heart to seek and search out by wisdom concerning all [things] that are done under heaven: this sore travail hath God given to the sons of man to be exercised therewith.
      14 I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all [is] vanity and vexation of spirit.
      15 [That which is] crooked cannot be made straight: and that which is wanting cannot be numbered.
      16 I communed with mine own heart, saying, Lo, I am come to great estate, and have gotten more wisdom than all [they] that have been before me in Jerusalem: yea, my heart had great experience of wisdom and knowledge.
      17 And I gave my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and folly: I perceived that this also is vexation of spirit.
      18 For in much wisdom [is] much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.

      August 25, 2012 at 10:06 am |
  11. Sports Fan

    I am reminded of how bad the Red Sox have been punished on the diamond all year, which has lead to the current blockbuster trade on the table. The Dodgers would obtain first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, pitcher Josh Beckett, outfielder Carl Crawford and infielder Nick Punto from Boston, representing about $263 million worth of guaranteed salaries.

    August 24, 2012 at 10:22 pm |
    • Anti_Jihad

      http:// www. telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/9495451/Christian-boy-tortured-and-killed-in-Pakistan.html

      August 24, 2012 at 11:33 pm |
    • realbuckyball

      I have se.xdaily. I mean, dyslexia! Fcuk.

      August 25, 2012 at 1:10 am |
  12. Explained

    Pakistan is a backwards, uneducated and primitive society that never evolved with the modern world. American evangelicals could easily fit in there. The only thing that keeps them from passing there own bizarre and violent immoral laws is athiests fighting back every day. Keep fighting these horrible, horrible people. Obama 2012

    August 24, 2012 at 10:02 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Our Lord Jesus told us to honor His Father. The Holy Bible, Jesus' letter to us, is the absolute truth. The toe nail on my big toe fell off and the dog ate it. Seek the wisdom of Jesus by reading the Bible prideful athiests. Then maybe you can join me in paradise.


      August 24, 2012 at 10:06 pm |
    • Ronald Regonzo

      Get all your sinning out of the way before November. Under Romney / Ryan morality will regain the lawful high ground in America once again.

      August 24, 2012 at 10:09 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Ronald, Romney and Ryan enjoy mutual anal gratification with a double penetration dildo. And its not a limp thing like your sister's or your mother's. It's a real Pillar of Islam.

      August 24, 2012 at 10:13 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Phony HeavenSent, not me. I am bleeding from my gums. I did not post that. Tommie is in rare form stealing my name and lying about Jesus.


      August 24, 2012 at 10:14 pm |
    • hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.


      August 24, 2012 at 10:35 pm |
    • Explain82me

      There is no atheist in Pakistan.

      August 24, 2012 at 11:18 pm |
    • hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.


      August 24, 2012 at 11:32 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV


      One more than seven, one less than nine?

      August 25, 2012 at 12:03 am |
    • Reality

      "The Two Universal Sects

      They all err—Moslems, Jews,

      Christians, and Zoroastrians:

      Humanity follows two world-wide sects:

      One, man intelligent without religion,

      The second, religious without intellect. "


      "Abul ʿAla Al-Maʿarri (Arabic أبو العلاء المعري Abū al-ʿAlāʾ al-Maʿarrī, full name أبو العلاء أحمد بن عبد الله بن سليمان التنوخي المعري Abū al-ʿAlāʾ Aḥmad ibn ʿAbd Allāh ibn Sulaimān al-Tanūẖī al-Maʿarrī, born AD 973 / AH 363, died AD 1058 / AH 449)

      was a blind Arab philosopher, poet and writer.[1][2] He was a controversial rationalist of his time, attacking the dogmas of religion and rejecting the claim that Islam possessed any monopoly on truth."

      Read more: http://www.answers.com/topic/resalat-al-ghufran#ixzz1lI6DuZmZ

      August 25, 2012 at 12:09 am |
    • Nam

      Islamic diversion. Not an atheist.. This is a taqiya post.

      August 25, 2012 at 3:04 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Fake heavensent is in full force hijacking my handle to write his foolishness. Why? That's how this site shuts people down when TRUTH is posted.

      August 25, 2012 at 10:08 am |
  13. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    August 24, 2012 at 10:01 pm |
    • HeavenSense

      Hi Prayer-Bot.

      August 24, 2012 at 10:03 pm |
    • ChristardMingle.com

      Hi HeavenSent.

      August 24, 2012 at 10:03 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      The prayer person is not me. I don't use other handles like you tommie tom. I come here as a Christian to tell you athiests the truth of Jesus and the Bible. I can't find the trash bag I was using to deficate in. Arrogant as always tommie, you must love worms.


      August 24, 2012 at 10:11 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      And the phoney heavensent isn't me. Hijacking my handle each and every time I post truth. What did I post recently? Oh, yes, and outbreak will occur so folks run to get their shots of placebo which pays for the election.

      August 25, 2012 at 10:10 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      What are you babbling about, now, HS?

      Never mind. Forget I asked. You are nuts.

      August 25, 2012 at 10:17 am |
    • HeavenSent

      I don't babble Tommie Tom. That's the atheists job of spreading lies for your masters.

      August 25, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
  14. Keith

    An 11-year-old Christian boy was found murdered in Punjab.

    Human rights campaigners condemned the killing of Samuel Yaqoob whose burned and tortured body body was discovered on Eid, the celebration which marks the end of the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan.

    His lips and nose had been sliced off, his stomach removed and there was evidence that his legs had been mutilated too.

    August 24, 2012 at 9:14 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Do you have pictures Keith?

      August 24, 2012 at 9:17 pm |
    • Keith

      I have pictures of my wife, would you like to see it? She is pretty. What'r you thinking? Yes No?

      August 24, 2012 at 9:42 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Are you serious? How and where can we make that happen?

      August 24, 2012 at 9:46 pm |
    • Keith

      you must be a real fool to believe I am going to send my wife's pictures to you. How old are you? As far as other pictures go, no I don't have pictures, I just heard through friends. But if you want to see pictures some Christians burned alive in Pakistan, please forward me your email Or you may be able to find them on Internet.

      August 24, 2012 at 9:57 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Phony HeavenSent, cough Scotty, you have been busy doing the work of satan all day by stealing my handle. I can't get the chunky cat food out of my back teeth. Snakes in your belly, snakes in your brain. I will laugh while you burn burn burn.


      August 24, 2012 at 9:57 pm |
    • Answer

      Ridiculous religious do-uc-he-s.

      August 24, 2012 at 9:59 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Keith you're exciting me. Please don't be a tease. What's the URL?

      August 24, 2012 at 10:09 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      That phony HeavenSent is not me. Not my post. I smell like spoiled eggs. Tommie is on a roll today, stealing my handle and doing the devil's work.


      August 24, 2012 at 10:13 pm |
    • Security Check at Heaven's Gate

      Heaven's Gate baggage checker: One Swedish-made pen|s enlarger.
      HeavenSent: That's not mine.
      Heaven's Gate baggage checker: One credit card receipt for Swedish-made pen|s enlarger signed by Austin Powers.
      HeavenSent: I'm telling ya baby, that's not mine.
      Heaven's Gate baggage checker: One warranty card for Swedish-made pen|s enlarger pump, filled out by Austin Powers.
      HeavenSent: I don't even know what this is! This sort of thing ain't my bag, baby.
      Heaven's Gate baggage checker: One book, "Swedish-made pen|s Enlargers And Me: This Sort of Thing Is My Bag Baby", by Austin Powers.

      August 24, 2012 at 10:27 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Keith. I've already got pictures of your "wife".

      August 24, 2012 at 10:32 pm |
    • hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

      Very unfortunate incident, many Muslim children were found in same unfortunate way, it has nothing to do with religion but every thing with a crime.

      August 24, 2012 at 10:39 pm |
    • Keith

      I hope you like them HeavenSent! Don't put them under your pillow okay!!

      August 24, 2012 at 10:43 pm |
    • Anti_Jihad

      http://www .telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/9495451/Christian-boy-tortured-and-killed-in-Pakistan.html

      August 24, 2012 at 11:33 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Fake heavensent in full force hijacking my handle because he didn't want me to post truth about the health agencies crying that there is an outbreak, so run, run, run to your nearest doctor to get a shot, costing how much? Which pays for the elections.

      August 25, 2012 at 10:13 am |
  15. Rehman

    Islam is the greatest killer of all time, worse than Christianity, fascism or communism.
    Islamic jihad destroyed a Christian Middle East and a Christian North Africa. Soon it was the fate of the Persian Zoroastrian and the Hindu to be the victims of jihad. The history of political Islam is the destruction of Christianity in the Middle East, Egypt, Turkey and North Africa. Half of Christianity was lost. Before Islam, North Africa was the southern part of Europe (part of the Roman Empire). Around 60 million Christians were slaughtered during the jihadic conquest. Half of the glorious Hindu civilization was annihilated and 80 million Hindus killed. The first Western Buddhists were the Greeks descended from Alexander the Great's army in what is now Afghanistan. Jihad destroyed all of Buddhism along the silk route. About 10 million Buddhists died. The conquest of Buddhism is the practical result of pacifism. Zoroastrianism was eliminated from Persia. The Jews became permanent dhimmis throughout Islam. In Africa over 120 million Christians and animists have died over the last 1400 years of jihad. Approximately 270 million nonbelievers died over the last 1400 years for the glory of political Islam. These are the Tears of Jihad which are not taught in any school.

    August 24, 2012 at 9:12 pm |
  16. ED4

    It sounds like this blasphemy law can be a 2 edged sword. Perhaps the west can create blasphemist phoney email with the forged signature of people the west considers enemies. In that part of the world the more shocking the disclosure the more people will believe it. Tell a lie often enough and soon it becomes fact.

    August 24, 2012 at 8:51 pm |
  17. Men Against Cheaters

    Pakistan needs a stronger "Honor Killing" law to protect men against cheating house wives.

    August 24, 2012 at 8:11 pm |
    • Saleem Jhutha

      Sir I am one hundred percent in agreement with you on strict Honor Killing laws in Pakistan. I am a victim of wife cheating on me. My wife gave birth to two kids with my brother when I was on duty with Pakistani Army.

      August 24, 2012 at 10:03 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      Daniel Boone had the same problem. When he finally returned home he declared "Well it's all the same name!"

      August 24, 2012 at 10:06 pm |
    • ChristardMingle.com

      And if a man cheats?

      August 24, 2012 at 10:08 pm |
    • hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

      You must be mistaken, it is a hindu filthy tradition of hindu's, filthies of hindered land india, not of Pakistan, they even help out their father to have more babies if for some reason he is unable to have more children, hindu, ignorant of hindered land inda. hindu filthy man god Ram, hind's pray to as their hindu filthy man god was married to his sister by account of their hindu books.

      August 24, 2012 at 10:46 pm |
    • hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

      but being a Pakistani Shia muslim, I do sympathize with the blogger. Women cheating on men is the biggest problem we have in Pakistan. People in Pakistan call women Taxi (prost|tute) our Government had to ban the word Taxi from texting on cell phones. I am for full blown Honor Killing law in Pakistan.

      August 24, 2012 at 11:04 pm |
  18. Anti_Jihad

    Pakistanis need a blasphemy law to protect their weak god who can not take care of himself.

    August 24, 2012 at 8:00 pm |
  19. Jewel of Allah

    Allah, all praise be unto Him, actually has both male and female genitalia (how could it be otherwise?). Ibrahim knew this and was ashamed of Allah, all praise be unto Him, and began the lie that so many believe today that Allah, all praise be unto Him, is somehow male. Nothing of the sort! Self-copulation, practiced by those truly made in the image of Allah, all praise be unto Him, has always been the right and good practice of all who have been faithful to Him from the beginning. All should pray fervently that the sons of Ibrahim should turn away from Ibrahim's lie and self-copulate to the glory of Allah, all praise be unto Him.

    August 24, 2012 at 7:34 pm |
    • hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

      Allah had male and female coupling! Does anyone know sizes? my guess is – male small, and female extra large

      August 24, 2012 at 10:39 pm |
  20. PAUL



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