» 12/15/2010, 00.00
Pakistani President Zardari wants to amend blasphemy law
Controversial blasphemy law continues to cause divisions in Pakistan. Lahore High Court has not yet fixed the date for Asia Bibi’s appeal, who is still in prison. Initiatives to change the law used to oppress minorities. An MP reveals the President’s opinion on the issue.
No immediate pardon for Asia Bibi. Appeal must go before the High Court
President Zardari could decide to grant the pardon if the High Court appeal takes too long. Islamic groups opposed to pardon demand the case follows the normal course of justice.
Asia Bibi: fears over safety, controversy over stay on pardon
The lawyers of the Supreme Court to protest stay on pardon by the President. A committee will hear religious and political leaders and experts will present to Parliament proposals to amend the blasphemy laws. Date for the appeal against the death sentence still not set.
Asia Bibi: Pakistani Christians march against blasphemy law at Christmas
Moments of tension in Lahore when two demonstration, one pro and one against the controversial law, met. Islamist hackers have obscured the site of the Pakistan Christian Post. In Karachi 28 movements form an alliance to press for amending the law.
No news about Asia Bibi’s fate as her release might take longer
Her petition for clemency has not yet been filed. Some believe she should appeal first to the Lahore High Court, then the Supreme Court. Cardinal Tauran arrives in Pakistan today.
Pakistan's blasphemy law claims another innocent victim
Another "Asia Bibi" case, an Ismaili doctor jailed for throwing away a business card of a man named "Muhammad", after the prophet of Islam. Bishop Rufin: "I pray that Asia Bibi will be able to celebrate Christmas with her family."
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