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Pakistan Blasphemy

10 Issues Obama Should Raise With Pakistan's PM Nawaz Sharif

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 10.21.2015 | World
Malik Siraj Akbar

Pakistan continues to betray democratic values and snub commitments that are essential to democracy. On Thursday, Obama should raise the following ten issues with the leader of the country whose ruling elite thrives on American taxpayers' money.

Dangerous Narratives and Murder of the Pakistani Politician Salman Taseer

Raza Habib Raja | Posted 10.15.2015 | Religion
Raza Habib Raja

In a recent and commendable decision, Pakistani Supreme Court has thankfully upheld the death penalty awarded to Mumtaz Qadri, his own police guard, who about four and half years ago had slain Pakistani politician, Salman Taseer.

In the Name of Blasphemy

Raza Habib Raja | Posted 07.20.2015 | Religion
Raza Habib Raja

If you have an enemy in Pakistan and you want him to be killed in such a way that no one blames you then the solution is "simple." Just accuse him of blasphemy with respect to either remarks against Holy Prophet (PBUH) or desecration of the Holy Quran.

Murdering Freedom of Speech

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 03.29.2015 | World
Ida Lichter, M.D.

Freedom of speech might be integral to the hard-won flowering of modern freedoms valued in the West, but its fragile bloom has faded and could die without proper tending by courageous politicians and media working in a global partnership to oppose Islamism and the Zeitgeist of political correctness.

The Peshawar Tragedy Shows That Pakistan Needs a New Religious Narrative

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 02.25.2015 | World
Junaid Jahangir

When will the Pakistani masses realize that exploiting Islam to recreate the glory of past Caliphates and to justify the subjugation of religious minorities is based on a supremacist ideology born out of immense inferiority complex and colonial baggage?

Pakistan TV Mogul Sentenced To 26 Years In Jail

Reuters | Posted 01.26.2015 | Media

By Mehreen Zahra-Malik ISLAMABAD, Nov 26 (Reuters) - Pakistan's largest media group said on Wednesday it will appeal against a 26-year...

Pakistani Police Officer Axes Man To Death Over Blasphemy

Reuters | Posted 01.06.2015 | World

By Mubasher Bukhari LAHORE, Pakistan, Nov 6 (Reuters) - A policeman in Pakistan hacked a man to death for allegedly making derogatory ...

Gunmen Kill Pakistani Professor Who Faced Blasphemy Accusations

Reuters | Posted 11.19.2014 | World

By Syed Raza Hassan ISLAMABAD Sept 18 (Reuters) - Unidentified gunmen on Thursday shot dead a professor of Islamic studies in Pakistan...

Hold Pakistan Accountable for Its Blasphemous Oppression

Doug Bandow | Posted 10.05.2014 | Religion
Doug Bandow

The world is aflame. Religious minorities are among those who suffer most from increasing conflict. Pakistan is one of the worst homes for non-Muslims. The U.S. government should designate that nation as a "Country of Particular Concern" for failing to protect religious liberty, the most basic right of conscience.

Pakistan's Blasphemy Law Under Attack

Religious News Service | Naveed Ahmad | Posted 02.19.2014 | Religion

ISLAMABAD (RNS) Mohammad Asghar, a 69-year-old paranoid schizophrenic, faces a death sentence in Pakistan for claiming to be the Prophet Muhammad in l...

Jaweed Kaleem

The Life Of Non-Muslims In Islamic Pakistan | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 02.22.2014 | Religion

Members of St. Peter's Catholic Church in Karachi attend a Christmas service shortly after the nation's largest church opened in 2011. (AP Photo/Far...

Pakistani Mob Torches Christian Man's Home For Alleged Blasphemy

AP | ZAHEER BABAR and REBECCA SANTANA | Posted 05.09.2013 | World

LAHORE, Pakistan — Hundreds of people in eastern Pakistan rampaged through a Christian neighborhood Saturday, torching dozens of homes after hea...

Who Will Take a Bullet for Sherry Rehman?

Qasim Rashid | Posted 05.07.2013 | World
Qasim Rashid

Last month, Pakistan took the unprecedented step and charged their own ambassador with blasphemy -- a crime that carries the consequence of fine, prison time, and even execution.

Righting The Wrongs Of Blasphemy Laws

Douglas M. Johnston, Ph.D. | Posted 01.21.2013 | Religion
Douglas M. Johnston, Ph.D.

Every civilization and every religion has experienced similar mob behavior and miscarriages of justice, but that is no excuse for the current misuse of the blasphemy laws that is taking place in Pakistan.

The Great Firewall of Pakistan

Saad Khan | Posted 12.26.2012 | World
Saad Khan

The great firewall has not stopped Pakistanis from accessing their favorite websites. They now use proxy servers for that purpose. It would be better if the government wakes up to the changing realities of the cyber world. An outright banning does not do any good.

Blasphemy Day -- Because We Can!

Edward Falzon | Posted 12.01.2012 | Politics
Edward Falzon

As long as we condemn a video before we condemn a violent reaction to it, we'll always be bestowing power upon those who wish to pass the kind of anti-blasphemy law being pitched at the UN.

Blasphemy, Religious Hatred, and the United Nations

Austin Dacey | Posted 11.26.2012 | World
Austin Dacey

Those who study the history of blasphemy laws are condemned to repeat themselves: These laws don't work. Unless what you are after is more blasphemy.

Muslims: Don't Confront Violence With Silence

Dr. Faheem Younus | Posted 11.20.2012 | Religion
Dr. Faheem Younus

There is no justification for violence -- none whatsoever. So why can't American Muslims use their freedom of expression in a responsible fashion to light a candle?

Pakistan Must Repeal Its Blasphemy Laws

Farahnaz Ispahani | Posted 11.13.2012 | World
Farahnaz Ispahani

Pakistan's blasphemy laws are incompatible with its aspiration of being a modern, democratic, Muslim state respected by the international community.

A Pakistani Christian Girl Faces Great Injustice

Tahira Ammar | Posted 11.10.2012 | Teen
Tahira Ammar

As a Muslim girl in the US, I'm appalled at the plight of a Christian girl charged with blasphemy in Pakistan. How can Muslims abuse minorities in their countries and expect to be respected in the West?

PHOTOS: Accused Pakistani Christian Girl Released In Unbelievable Helicopter Lift

Reuters | Posted 11.08.2012 | Religion

Sept 8 (Reuters) - A Pakistani military helicopter plucked a young Christian girl accused of blasphemy from a prison yard on Saturday and flew her t...

Pakistani Judge Grants Bail To Christian Girl Accused Of Blasphemy

AP | REBECCA SANTANA | Posted 11.07.2012 | Religion

ISLAMABAD — In a rare move, a Pakistani judge granted bail Friday to a young, mentally challenged Christian girl accused of insulting Islam by b...

Pakistan Extends Detention Of Young Christian Girl

AP | ZARAR KHAN | Posted 08.31.2012 | Religion

ISLAMABAD -- A Pakistani court Friday ordered a Christian girl accused of blasphemy to be held in prison for two more weeks as police finish their inv...

Muslims Condemn Blasphemy Charges Against Christian Girl In Pakistan

Mike Ghouse | Posted 10.21.2012 | Religion
Mike Ghouse

We ask the people of Pakistan to seriously debatethe blasphemy laws. Islam is about free will and we need to stand against any oppression towards any human being following in the footsteps of the prophet.

Pakistan To Twitter: 'Yes We Ban!'

Dr. Faheem Younus | Posted 07.29.2012 | Religion
Dr. Faheem Younus

Safeguarding the honor of Prophet Muhammad is the overarching goal behind such bans. As a Muslim, I believe I am more committed to that goal than these clerics. But my approach follows the "Yes we can" logic.