Do Blasphemy Laws need Changes?
9th August 2021.
An update from a source in Islamabad informs about Pakistani police officials arresting 3 individuals for alleged blasphemy, in Abbottabad, in Havelian. Qaiser Zada, native to Swabi, a transgender desecrated the Holy Quran by burning it. He was caught and punished by the locals who later handed him over to the police. He was arrested based on section 295-B and was put on a three-day remand by the local magistrate.
Another incident took place where two brothers desecrated the holy entities by sweltering them to pieces, that too was arrested on the same charges and the call of ulema and natives. Law 295-B and C were introduced in Zia’s regime.
The law reprimands to instantly punish the blasphemer with the death penalty. These sections have been and still are subject to immense controversy by the humanitarian groups. They renounce it as it has been used against minorities and to avenge personal grudges.
Prime minister Imran Khan has several times vowed to look upon the issue. According to the Pakistani advocacy group center for social justice, between 1987 and 2017 an estimated number of 1549 people have been charged under this law. More than 70 cases report extrajudicial killings of those accused of blasphemy.
The international religious freedom of the US released a statement on the 20th of May 2020 constituted a report that declared Pakistan has a dilapidating assessment of control of such crime and acts.
Please contact the Legal Research Institute of Pakistan for further assistance