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Pakistan Blasphemy

Gunmen Kill Pakistani Professor Who Faced Blasphemy Accusations

Reuters | Posted 09.19.2014 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.

The Courage To Redefine Pakistan

Samia Khan Bambrah | Posted 09.25.2011 | World
Samia Khan Bambrah

Minorities in Pakistan do not have the luxury of dismissing their difference. Since 2001, 80 holy sites have been desecrated, killing more than 1,200 worshippers, most of them religious minorities.

Pakistan: Land Of The Pure Or The Intolerant?

Harris Zafar | Posted 07.10.2011 | Religion
Harris Zafar

Pakistan has been in the forefront of the news for quite some time, and very rarely is it for a good reason. The country has become a breeding ground for terrorists and religious-based persecution.

Blasphemy Is A Victimless Crime

Landon Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Landon Ross

Justifying silence when those whose rights are being violated happen to be of a different ethnicity and culture is a species of racism, poorly disguised under the mask of "respect."

From Blasphemy To Food Prices, Protests Run Rampant

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Unemployment and government corruption sparked mass protests in Tunisia, and the ensuing situation has transformed the popular North African tourist d...

Assassination Of Reform Leader Rocks Pakistan And Opponents Of Blasphemy Law

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Anto Akkara Religion News Service BANGALORE, India -- Church officials in Pakistan say the assassination of Salman Taseer, an outspoken critic of...

Key Pakistan Governor Killed By Guard Over Blasphemy Laws

AP | ASIF SHAHZAD and NAHAL TOOSI | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

ISLAMABAD — The governor of Pakistan's most dominant province was shot and killed Tuesday by a bodyguard who authorities said was angry about hi...

Asia Bibi And Pakistan's Selective Persecution

Havovi Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Havovi Cooper

In 2009, Asia Bibi, a 45-year old Christian woman, was asked to fetch water while working as a farmhand. Now, she has been in prison for a year and faces a death sentence under the damning blasphemy laws of Pakistan.