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Pakistan: Bill Introduced To Stop Misuse of Blasphemy Law

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Some possible good news. Loonwatch asked Pakistani blasphemy law reform advocate Arafat Mazhar his thoughts on a proposed bill seeking to curb the misuse of blasphemy laws and he says tentatively that he doesn’t know the details but also added that it “sounds great.”:

Christianity Today

Pakistan’s strict blasphemy laws could soon be modified to combat increasing misuse, it has emerged, just weeks after experts warned that the government is failing to protect its citizens.

A draft bill introducing severe penalties against those who make false allegations of blasphemy has been finalised by the interior ministry, and will now be put before the Pakistani government. The new legislation aims to ensure that people do not take the law into their own hands, and will require proof that an individual intended to commit blasphemy before they can be charged.

The current law has been blamed for increasing inter-religious tensions across the country. Human rights groups say that it is frequently misused by extremists, and false charges are often brought against Christians in order to settle personal scores or to seize property or businesses. Perhaps the most infamous case is that of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman accused of blasphemy and now facing the death penalty. Her case made global headlines when two prominent politicians were assassinated after trying to help her.

More recently, anti-Christian violence erupted in a suburb of Lahore after a mentally ill man, identified as Humayun Masih, was accused of burning pages from the Quran. According to local reports, Christians in the area were forced to leave their homes, and police prevented a mob from setting fire to a church.

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  • Alyeth

    Another fool falls for a gullible story. Typical.

  • Alyeth

    No. Theirs literally well over 10,000 hadiths.

  • JS

    Simple minds cannot read, you are the perfect example right now. This entire article is concerned with the fact that Pakistan has laws that have apostates killed. I stated there are no Quranic verses or even reliable Hadith which call for apostates to be killed. THEREFORE, there is no Islamic basis to Pakistan’s blasphemy laws.

  • JS

    Are you thick? I only mentioned Quranic verses. Yet you copied and pasted a whole lot of events which are irrelevant to the debate on whether Islam endorses death to apostates.

    And you really showed your stupidity here. The VERY NEXT VERSE 4:90 says to not harm those who do not fight you. Using some reading comprehension. The VERSE AFTER THAT says to only fight if no offer of peace is given. And historical context shows these verses were revealed when the early Muslims were fighting the Pagan Meccans.

  • JS

    WTF is right. These is not one verse in the Quran that calls for apostates to be killed.

  • AJ

    And where does Allah ask you to rape women?

  • Sam Seed

    What is this? In your first comment you claimed the following “Because according to the Koran Christians commit the worst crime..
    shirk… and are thus, according to both the hadiths and Koran
    punishable by death. To be a true Muslim you must not contradict your
    prophet but follow his example.”

    I then asked you to cite the reference in the Quran where it says the Christians are punishable. You then come up with “Koran 9v5”. So where does this talk about Christians, and you have conveniently left out the context in which it speaks of (the previous verse and the verse after). Because I’m fasting I don’t want to get into arguments and will simply say “Peace”.

  • Sam Seed

    So what does it say?

  • HerrSkolly

    How are you, lady? Hope all is well with you.

  • GaribaldiOfLoonwatch

    I think there is a good discussion to have on why these laws exist, Arafat Mazha’rs work goes into that question in quite some detail. However, my interest is based on the fact that these are very real laws that exist now, for whatever reasons, that are harming innocents and I am interested in knowing what is the best way to end or limit that harm and suffering.

  • mindy1

    interesting stats 🙂

  • AJ

    Allah allows Muslim men to marry Christian and Jewish women. How would that be achievable if Muslims were to kill them? You are a very ignorant person.

  • Sam Seed

    No they are not punishable according to the Quran, please cite the verse in question.

  • cmyfe .

    Care to cite your references?

    Qur’an does say that it is horrible when the Christians say “God had a son” but does not specify for Muslims to kill them for this.

    The following verse clarifies the stance on “killing”.

    “Allah does not forbid you from those who do not fight you because of religion and do not expel you from your homes – from being righteous toward them and acting justly toward them. Indeed, Allah loves those who act justly.” Qur’an 60:08

  • JD

    “““Lebenon

    Total population­­­­­, including non-Christ­ians: 4 million

    # Percent Christian: 34-41%

    Syria:

    * Total population­18.1 million

    * Christian: 5-9%

    Palestine

    • Total population: 4 million

    • Greek Orthodox: 35,000

    • Melkite: 30,000

    Egypt:

    • Total population: 83 million

    • Copts: 7.5 million

    • Greek Orthodox: 350,000

    Iraq:

    • Total population: 27 million

    • Greek Orthodox: 100,000

    Who again took jews in during Spanish Inquisition ?
    who doing Spanish inquisition again?

  • cmyfe .

    If a full set of Islamic laws are applied anyone who lies in court (to accuse someone) gets a severe punishment plus gets disqualified from being a witness again. Picking and choosing from religious laws to promote a different agenda is worse than burning a Qur’an in my view.
    BTW the Pakistani government is known to be nothing more than corrupt politicians / criminals and will only get serious if they see an opportunity to make a personal gain. How can someone expect a person or political party to think about the nation when they spend millions to win each parliment / senate seat?

  • JS

    Exactly. The Pakistanis who believe their entire nation will convert to Christianity without these laws are being foolish and don’t have faith in Islam. The blasphemy law has nothing to do with religion and everything to do with settling personal vendettas and oppressing poor people.

    But what is happening right now is a good start.

  • Heinz Catsup

    Exactly.

  • mindy1

    A good start, but why have those types of laws at all? If a person is not hurting you, why should you care how they worship?

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