Blasphemy

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Table of Contents Letter of transmittal …………..………………………………………………….pg i Executive summary ………………………………………………………………pg ii Introduction ………………………………………………………………………..pg 2 Blasphemy laws in Pakistan Offenses relating to religion: Pakistan Penal Code…..pg 4 Critique ……………………………………………………………………………..pg 7 Cases ………………………………………………………………………………..pg 12 Recommendations …………………………………………………………………..pg 17 Bibliography ………………………………………………………………………..pg iii Introduction The blasphemy laws under the Pakistan penal code were introduced around 1985 Zia ul Haq, a military dictator, to protect the rights of the Muslim majority of Pakistan. Since then, these laws have been used to terrorize the minorities of Pakistan, particularly Christians. Blasphemy laws…show more content…
The mandatory capital punishment accompanying the charge has long been denounced as excessive and disproportionate to the crime. It is a matter of controversy even within the Islamic circles. 3. The wording of the blasphemy law is vague and open-ended. So often, the wordings are misinterpreted according to the wishes of the plaintiff. Often the accused do not have the necessary knowledge of Islam to interpret the wordings of the law. For example it does not clearly state that what kind of remarks pass off as derogatory and offensive to the Islamic faith. In the southern Punjab, where many Christians live, Christian missionaries a, churches and schools, have been accused under the blasphemy law of defiling Islam, on the context that they are spreading the Christian faith. It is the lack of clarity in the clauses of the law, which is making people take full advantage of the situation. 4. The law does not require proof of the actual state of mind of the accused and disregards the element of intention. Since its enactment in 1986, it has frequently been distorted to intimidate or punish religious minorities and to settle personal scores. Hundreds of innocent people have been imprisoned, forced to flee the country or killed by Islamic extremists under the pretext of punishing blasphemers. In all the cases that we went
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