Blasphemy

4766 WordsMay 4, 200820 Pages
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…show more content…
298-B Misuse of epithet, descriptions and titles, etc. Reserved for certain holy personages or places. 1. Any person of the Qadiani group or the Lahori group (who call themselves Ahmadis or by any other name) who by words, either spoken or written or by visible representation: a. refers to or addresses, any person, other than a Caliph or companion of the Holy Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), as "Ameerul Momneen", "Khalifat-ul-Momneen", "Khalifat-ul-Muslimeen", "Sahaabi" or "Razi Allah Anho"; b. refers to or addresses, any person, other than a wife of the Holy Prophet Mohammed (PBUH), as Ummul-Mumineen; c. refers to, or addresses, any person, other than a member of the family (Ahle-Bait) of the Holy Prophet Mohammed (PBUH), as Ahle-Bait; or d. refers to, or addresses, any person, other than a member of the family (Ahle-Bait) of the Holy Prophet Mohammed (PBUH), as Ahle-Bait; or e. refers to, or names, or calls, his place of worship as Masjid; shall be punished with imprisonment or either description for a term which may extend to three years, and shall also be liable to fine. 2. Any person of the Qadiani group or Lahore group, (who call themselves Ahmadis or by any other names), who by words, either spoken or written, or by visible representations, refers to the mode or from of call to prayers followed by his faith as "Azan" or redites Azan as used by the Muslims, shall be
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