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Islamabad asks for "suggestions" from Christians to repeal blasphemy law
In a meeting - called by the government - with the Parliamentary Standing Committee, Christians and activists have called for the "cancellation" of the norm. Government officials will meet Muslim, and Catholic leaders and activists to promote a common path. The fundamentalist wing calls for "investigations" and punishments against those who fight to repeal the law.
Asia Bibi:battle continues to change the blasphemy law
High court lawyers unanimously ask the law not be modified, while Islamic and Christian scholars propose amendments or its abolition. The protest of Punjab’s Christian MPs. Fears for the life of women: 46 extra-judicial deaths for blasphemy cases from 1990 to 2010.
Pakistan, Christians and Muslim leaders: repeal blasphemy law
A popular current emerges in the nation calling for the cancellation of the law, responsible for the abuse and violence against religious minorities. It is unconstitutional and contrary to the principles of Islam. The solidarity of Muslims and the importance of a new educational model for young people.
Pakistan, a movement to raise awareness against the blasphemy law
The legislation provides for life imprisonment or death for those who profane the Koran or insult the prophet Muhammad. Approved in 1986, it has become an instrument of oppression against religious minorities. Christian activists and human rights groups promote meetings and conferences for its repeal, despite the threats of the fundamentalists.
Asia Bibi affair: Pakistani Christians to march on Christmas Day against blasphemy law
The High Court in Lahore will soon set a date for Asia Bibi’s appeal. Christians will take to the streets in Lahore to demand the law’s repeal. “The government will take all appropriate measures” in order “to stop growing incidents of misuse of the blasphemy law,” Pakistan president says.
Muslim leader: government hostage to the extremists will not abolish the blasphemy law
Irfan Mufti denounces the "weakness" of the executive which needs the fundamentalist wing to stay in power. He speaks of a "game of compromise" and the lack of "political will" to reject the norm. Archbishop Saldanha thanks Muslim MPs who proposed the abolition of the law.
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