BLASPHEMY LAW

  • Pak clerics against death to false accuser under blasphemy law September 20, 2013

    Pakistan's top clerics have struck down a proposal for awarding death sentence to people making false accusations under the controversial blasphemy law. A meeting of the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) witnessed serious ideological differences between the hardliners and the moderates over the proposal to award the same punishment to a...
  • Pakistani Sikhs demand action on desecration of Guru Granth Sahib August 27, 2013

    Karachi: Pakistan's minority Sikh community on Tuesday asked the government and the Supreme Court to take action on incidents of their holy book, Guru Granth Sahib, being desecrated in different parts of Sindh province. The Pakistan Sikh Council raised the issue at a news conference at Karachi Press Club. Sardar Ramesh...
  • At least 20 dead in Islamist protests in Bangladesh May 7, 2013

    Dhaka: At least 20 Bangladeshis were killed on Monday in clashes between police and hardline Islamists demanding religious reforms, as violence spread beyond the capital Dhaka to other parts of the country. The clashes began on Sunday after 200,000 Islamist supporters marched in Dhaka to press demands critics said would amount...
  • Bangladesh: Protesters clash with police over blasphemy law May 6, 2013

    Dhaka: Bangladesh's police and paramilitary troops on Sunday night dispersed a huge demonstration by thousands of Islamist protesters after violent clashes in Dhaka left seven people dead and scores injured. "The Motijheel is now under our control...HefazateIslami has quit the area," a police spokesman told newsmen after a combined force of...
  • Bangladeshi Islamists rally against 'atheist' bloggers April 7, 2013

    Dhaka: Members of a hardline Muslim group in Bangladesh on Saturday held rally across Dhaka demanding enactment of antiblasphemy laws to punish people who insult Islam. The massive rally in Dhaka took place amid heightened security. The protestors targeted bloggers who have held street protests demanding execution for convicted war...
  • Pak: Mob raids Christian colony in search of blasphemer March 9, 2013

    Lahore: A mob went on the rampage in a Christian-dominated neighbourhood in this eastern Pakistani city on Saturday following reports that a Christian man had committed blasphemy, burning scores of houses and driving out about 150 families. The trouble began, when over 2,000 enraged Muslims gathered around Joseph Colony at...
  • Pak: Men charged with blasphemy for damaging temple September 30, 2012

    Islamabad: A group of Muslim men who damaged a temple and attacked homes of Hindus during a recent protest in Karachi against an antiIslam film have been charged under Pakistan's harsh blasphemy law, a media report said on Sunday. Nine men, including Maulvi Habibur Rehman and his accomplices, have been...
  • Pakistan: Blasphemy accused fears for life September 12, 2012

    Islamabad: The teenage girl accused of burning pages of the Quran has been released on bail and is now back with her family. But she still fears for her life. 14yearold Rimsha Mahsee said, "Yes, I'm scared. I'm scared scared that someone might kill me. I'm scared of anyone who...
  • Insane to accuse girl of blasphemy: Pakistani daily August 21, 2012

    Islamabad: The blasphemy law has become a death warrant at the hands of mob vigilantism, a Pakistani daily said after an 11yearold girl afflicted with Down syndrome was accused of blasphemy and sent to jail. In an editorial "Another mad act", Daily Times on Monday cited news reports as saying that...
  • Pakistan: Minor girl arrested for blasphemy, Zardari orders probe August 21, 2012

    Pakistani authorities on Monday arrested an 11yearold Christian girl with Downs' Syndrome after her neighbours claimed that she burnt pages of the Quran. ...
  • Pakistan: Taseer's assassin gets death sentence October 1, 2011

    Islamabad: A Pakistani antiterrorism court on Saturday handed down death sentence to the police guard who assassinated Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer for calling for changes in the country's controversial blasphemy law. Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri, the policeman who gunned down Taseer outside a restaurant in the heart of Islamabad on January...
  • Pak Minorities Minister Shahbaz Bhatti killed March 2, 2011

    Islamabad: In another setback for the liberals in Pakistan, the country's only Christian Cabinet minister Shahbaz Bhatti was gunned down on Wednesday. Bhatti, the Minister for Minorities, was killed outside his parents' home in Islamabad, allegedly by the Taliban. Like Salman Taseer, Shahbaz Bhatti had also campaigned for the reform of Pakistan's...