A new chapter starts in Pakistan with the election win for Imran Khan the famous cricketer and former playboy who has become the Prime Minister. On the way he caused concern among his supporters and critics when he began to show a leaning towards a religious rightwing agenda.
Whether he did this to take the wind out of the sails from the religious parties or whether he is truly an extremist remains to be seen.
Notwithstanding his religious leanings, his agenda for reforming the country is all overwhelmingly positive. If he succeeds in delivering even 10% of what he has promised it will transform on of the world’s most populous countries.
Pakistan’s most famous victim of the blasphemy law.
9 Years ago, Asia Bibi was arrested in a village near Lahore for having the temerity to share a drinking well with her Muslim fellow villagers. In Pakistan Christians are often considered unclean and impure, partially because they are the only people who clean and unblock sewage and toilets. Part of the reason is the thrall the uneducated classes are under from the local maulvi (muslim priest), themselves often uneducated.
The villagers claimed she had committed blasphemy and she was subsequently arrested. Since the last nine years she has been locked up.
Salman Taseer, the governor of Punjab, Pakistan’s largest province helped her in her appeal for clemency. He was murdered by his fanatic bodyguard, who has since become a hero among other fanatics.
Human rights organisations are expressing concern that the police are abandoning legal procedures when it comes to Blasphemy Law cases. In 2017 alone 50 people were jailed on blasphemy charges. Out of these 17 were sentenced to death.
The verdict in the Mashal Khan case verdict was cited as the example of badly presented facts and the unnecessarily complex nature of the law in Pakistan. This causes most blasphemy law cases to drag on interminably in the courts. One famous example is Asia Bibi’s case, pending since October 2016.
The 2017 International Religious Freedom Report published by the US State Department r the year 2017 report a dire situation of minorities and religious freedom rights in Pakistan during the year.
It recommended placing Pakistan on a special watch list for having engaged in severe violations of religious freedom under the 1998 International Religious Freedom Act.
It noted that the government has made an attempt to address some issues but the law remains unhelpful to minorities and does not compel the police to adequately investigate all aspects.
Pakistan’s Minister for the Interior Ahsan Iqbal was yesterday shot by a member of Tehreek-e-Labbaik Ya Rasool Allah. This extremist group is lobbying to increase stiffen the laws relating to blasphemy in Pakistan. They have already been responsible for many deaths and serious disruption of the lives of ordinary people.
This group of extremists are a serious threat and need to be recognised as such. They should be banned and designated a terrorist group.
It is time Pakistani politicians and the army stop taking a soft approach to religious extremists and fight fire with fire. A complete extermination of these elements from society is the only way Pakistan can ever move forward.
Chief Justice Saqib Nisar, Pakistan’s top judge, will hear Asia Bibi’s appeal against her death sentence for violating Pakistan’s draconian blasphemy law.
She has been on death row for the last eight years. Several high profile people including Salman Taseer, the governor of Punjab were assassinated because they supported a fair trial.
Her lawyer Saif ul Malook has been given special protection. His life is in extreme danger as is the judge’s
There are no shortage of extremists in Pakistan who would be willing to kill the judge, the lawyer and Asia Bibi even if it means their own death. These people are a scourge of the nation and should themselves be exterminated. Sadly they are growing in strength and number because the government are not taking strict enough measures to curb their growth. Instead they use religion as their own political tool.https://goo.gl/images/Xtq3iZ
Her lawyer has reasonable hopes that her charges will be struck down by the Supreme Court.
Bibi was arrested in 2009 for allegedly insulting the Prophet Muhammad. It stemmed from an argument she had with Muslim women while picking berries in their village. The women objected to her drinking water from the same utensils and well they were using. Backward people in Pakistan consider Christians impure.
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Pakistan has become a no-go zone for minorities. Christians are especially copping it bad. In the latest atrocity four members of the Christian minority were murdered during Easter celebrations in Quetta, the capital of Pakistan’s Southwest province Baluchistan.
Let down by his government and security forces, the body of a slain Pakistani Christian.
This joins a long list of appalling crimes against Christians including false charges of Blasphemy (violating the blasphemy law), bomb blast and massacres by religious extremists.
The Pakistani government is trying to do everything it can to stop the bloodshed including conducting one of the most successful military campaigns Zarb-e-Azab but the extremists keep coming.
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More victims of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws
Sajid Masih cousin of Patras Masih was seriously injured when he jumped out of an upper storey window in a police station after they tried to get him to sodomise his younger relative.
Not only is the blasphemy law in Pakistan unfair in how it’s written and applied but the police are inept and out of control. How can people possibly hope to get a fair?