Pakistan blasphemy law - official killed

2011-01-04 19:04

Islamabad - The governor of Pakistan's Punjab province was shot dead in Islamabad on Tuesday because of his high-profile opposition to controversial blasphemy laws, said Interior Minister Rehman Malik.

The assassin was a member of governor Salman Taseer's own security team, Malike said.

"He confessed that he killed the governor himself because he had called the blasphemy law a black law," Malik said.

"He has confessed his crime and surrendered his gun to police after the attack," he said.

  • people.3000 - 2011-01-04 23:56

    Can someone please post the law, then we as South Africans can judge for our selfs...

  • Prophet - 2011-01-05 09:19

    From wikipedia, not sure if it can be trusted – perhaps a Muslim person can comment… “Blasphemy against holy personages - Individuals have been accused of blasphemy or of insulting Islam for: speaking ill of Allah.[9] finding fault with Prophet Muhammad.[10][11][12][13][14] slighting a prophet who is mentioned in the Quran,[15] or slighting a member of Prophet Muhammad's family.[16][17][18][19][20][21][22][23][24][25] claiming to be a prophet or a messenger.[26][27][28] speculating about how Prophet Muhammad would behave if he were alive (Nigeria).[29][30] drawing a picture to represent Prophet Muhammad[12][31][32][33][34] or any other prophet,[12] or making a film which features a prophet (Egypt).[35][36] writing Prophet Muhammad's name on the walls of a toilet (Pakistan).[37] naming a teddy bear Muhammad (Sudan).[38][39] stating facts such as: Prophet Muhammad's parents were not Muslims (Pakistan).[40][41] invoking Allah while committing a forbidden act.[8] [edit] Blasphemy against beliefs and customsIndividuals have been accused of blasphemy or of insulting Islam for: finding fault with Islam.[42][43][44][45] saying Islam is an Arab religion; prayers five times a day are unnecessary; and the Quran is full of lies (Indonesia).[46] believing in transmigration of the soul or reincarnation or disbelieving in the afterlife (Indonesia).[47][48] finding fault with a belief or a practice which the Muslim community (Ummah) has adopted.[47] finding fault with or cursing apostles, prophets, or angels.[47] expressing an atheist or a secular point of view[5][20][49][50][51][52] or publishing or distributing such a point of view.[4][20][53][54][55][56][57][58][59][60][61][62] using words that Muslims use because the individuals were not Muslims (Malaysia).[25][63][64] praying that Muslims become something else (Indonesia).[65] whistling during prayers (Indonesia).[66] flouting the rules prescribed for Ramadan.[66] reciting Muslim prayers in a language other than Arabic (Indonesia).[66] consuming alcohol.[66][67] gambling.[66] being alone with persons of the opposite sex who are not blood relatives.[66] finding amusement in Islamic customs (Bangladesh).[68][69][70][71] publishing an unofficial translation of the Quran (Afghanistan).[72] practicing yoga (Malaysia).[73] watching a film or listening to music (Somalia).[74] wearing make-up on television (Iran).[75] insulting religious scholarship.[8] wearing the clothing of Jews or of Zoroastrians.[8] claiming that forbidden acts are not forbidden.[8] uttering "words of infidelity" (sayings that are forbidden).[8] participating in non-Islamic religious festivals. Blasphemy law in Pakistan Among Muslim-majority countries, Pakistan has the strictest anti-blasphemy laws. § 295-A of Pakistan's Penal Code forbids outraging religious feelings. § 295-B punishes defilement of the Quran with life imprisonment. § 295-C prescribes the death penalty or the death penalty with a fine for the "use of derogatory remarks in respect of the Holy Prophet." § 298-B and § 298-C prohibit the Ahmadiyya from proselytizing or from behaving in any manner as Muslims.[citation needed] The blasphemy laws are part of a system which fosters injustice, sectarian violence, and violence between religions. The usual victims are Shia, Ahmadiyya, Christians, and Hindus.[48][49] Persons accused of blasphemy as well as police, lawyers, and judges are often subject to harassment, threats, attacks and murders when blasphemy is the issue.[50] In November 2008, Pakistan's government appointed Shahbaz Bhatti as Federal Minister for Minorities, and gave him cabinet rank. Bhatti has promised that the Asif Ali Zardari government will review Pakistan's blasphemy laws.[48] Pakistan has been an active supporter of the campaign by the Organisation of the Islamic Conference to create global laws against blasphemy.[48] wikipedia”

      It_Is_I - 2011-01-05 11:29

      Wow, those are some seriously hectic laws. Scary stuff.

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