Cases under the blasphemy laws

Cases under the blasphemy laws

 

The Pakistani blasphemy laws have been widely criticized by human rights groups. Under PPC 295-C the penalty is death while under PPC 295-B it is life imprisonment. The worst victims of these laws are Ahmadis, even though they are the least likely to actually commit blasphemy. The Supreme Court remarked in a written judgment in 1993 to the effect that an Ahmadi who shows any commitment to the Kalima (Islamic creed) defiles “the name of the Holy Prophet.” Accordingly, whatever Ahmadis do in pursuit of their religious (Islamic) practice, the police and judiciary assume it ‘blasphemy’. The mulla and the police often act together to implicate many Ahmadis in a single fabricated blasphemy case. On July 25, 2009, they booked 32 Ahmadis in Police Station Khurarianwala, Punjab in a single case of alleged blasphemy. It took the 32 accused months of immense effort to have the PPC 295-C removed from their charge sheets. The Home Secretary ordered later that the clause be reapplied and let the court decide the fate of the accused.

 

 

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