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03/13/2013 09:17 am ET

Sherry Rehman Blasphemy Video: The Clip That Could Get Pakistan's Ambassador To The U.S. Executed (VIDEO)

Pakistan's Ambassador to the United States, Sherry Rehman, an outspoken advocate for freedom of the press and for reforming the country's harsh death penalty laws, was charged with blasphemy last month in Pakistan for comments she made on a television news show more than two years ago.

Now, The Huffington Post has obtained the video of Rehman's remarks that form the basis of the blasphemy charge against her.

Rehman appeared on the Pakistani news channel Dunya TV on Nov. 30, 2010 to talk about an amendment she had introduced to eliminate the death penalty for blasphemy cases.

"The prophet, peace be upon him, fought against injustice, and for protection of minorities, throughout his life. And we can't stain his name and his legacy with this kind of thing," Rehman says in the video, according to a HuffPost translation of the footage.

Although her comments may not seem controversial, section 295-C of Pakistan's penal code clearly states that even imputation and indirectly derogatory remarks against the Islamic Prophet Mohammed can be punishable by death.

Rehman, who once received death threats for her thwarted efforts to remove the capital punishment clause from Pakistan's draconian blasphemy law, could be put to death under the same law she tried to reform.

Click the video above to watch more of Rehman's interview, and tell us your thoughts by leaving a comment below or tweeting to @HuffPostWorld.

(h/t Zeeshan Hyder and HuffPost's Sabrina Siddiqui for translating the video.)

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