Pakistan’s president has said the government will not amend the blasphemy law. President Dr Arif Alvi also said the government has no plan to recognise Israel.
He made the remarks during an address at Governor’s House, Lahore, on November 17.
Dr Alvi emphasised the need to highlight the true essence of Islam.
In presence of Governor Punjab Ch Muhammad Sarwar, the president gave assurances the PTI government was neither going to amend the blasphemy law nor recognise Israel.
But he said he will consult ulemas to seek their help to see what role they can play to ensure blasphemy laws are not misused.
He said they should fully cooperate with the government to ensure the laws are not used to create chaos under the guise of religion.
“The influence of a given religion in a nation ought never to mean that citizens of another religion can be subject to discrimination in social life or, even worse, that violence against them can be tolerated.”...
- Pope Emeritus Benedict
“There is a very clear sense that people are nervous about the misuse of the blasphemy law, as a tool of politics or “…a mob thing […] ” he added, flanked by two Pakistani bishops. He earlier told reporters: “Equality under the law is important…”...
- Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury
“The law for punishing blasphemy against the Prophet (sws) that is invoked in Pakistan has no foundation in the Qur'ān or Hadith.”...
- Javed Ahmad Ghamidi, Renowned Quranic scholar & Islamic modernist theologist
“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.” ...
- Dr Rowan Williams, 104th Archbishop of Canterbury