Blasphemy Project

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It is widely believed that Pakistan’s blasphemy laws are being misused in local disputes and to settle personal scores. It has even been admitted by several political and religious scholars but anyone who endeavours to amend the laws is always met with violent resistance.

It is very easy to accuse someone of blasphemy in Pakistan. Therefore, the number of blasphemy cases is continuing to rise in Pakistan. Pakistan's blasphemy laws have in fact fostered a climate of religiously motivated violence, and are used indiscriminately against both Muslims and non-Muslims

But over the years, it has become evident that the blasphemy law singles out non-Muslims for persecution. Religious minorities consider themselves a main target of this law as their worship places, honour and properties are all under attack because of this law.

Though sentences for these offences range from fines to life imprisonment, and a mandatory death penalty, unfortunately a new dangerous trend is emerging and most the time people take the law into their hands and decide the fate of the accused there and then. In many cases, the accused in a blasphemy case is killed extra-judicially.

The blasphemy laws are not only considered dangerous but also are incompatible with international law standards. The international community believes that Pakistan is in contravention of its commitments under international human rights law, especially the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR)

The aim of the project is to create a space for dialogue and debate, strategically encouraging and engaging all the stakeholders for their support to bring the misuse of the blasphemy law to an end. and The main aim of the project is to bring to an end to the ongoing misuse of the blasphemy law with the support of religious scholars and local politicians.

We also aim to prepare research and briefs for religious scholars and local politicians to encourage them to raise a voice against the ongoing misuse of the blasphemy law and take appropriate steps.

Pakistan is considered among the high-ranking countries while Saudi Arabia, is not among the top high risk countries where Shariah is fully implemented but punishment is not defined in the blasphemy law itself.

Our politicians still fail to discuss this matter in parliament, and those who have tried to initiate the discussion on this law have been threatened with death.

The issue runs deeper than the volume of cases, therefore we think there could not be a better time for such an initiative to end the misuse of the blasphemy law in Pakistan. It is the Pakistani government's responsibility to bring this issue to parliament and take all necessary steps in regard to stopping the ongoing misuse of the blasphemy law.

Latest Comments

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    The law for punishing blasphemy against the Prophet (sws) that is invoked in Pakistan has no foundation in the Qur'ān or H*adīth....

    - Javed Ahmad Ghamidi

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    I think it is widely recognised that the abuse of the blasphemy laws is a major problem which this country has to tackle; the problem is not so much the idea of a law against blasphemy as about a law whose penalty is so severe and whose practice gives so much scope for allowing people to settle private scores....

    - The Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams

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    I think it is widely recognised that the abuse of the blasphemy laws is a major problem which this country has to tackle; the problem is not so much the idea of a law against blasphemy as about a law whose penalty is so severe and whose practice gives so much scope for allowing people to settle private scores....

    - The Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams

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