The Federal Sharia Court (FSC) is a religious body which rules on whether any particular law is repugnant to the injunctions of Islam.
The blasphemy laws are part of a system which segregates Muslims from non-Muslims, and prevents non-Muslims from having much control over their lives. The system fosters injustice, sectarian violence and violence between religions. The usual victims are Shia, Ahmadiyya, Christians, and Hindus. The authorities do little to prevent attacks on minorities or to punish the perpetrators of religion-inspired violence.
Those who are accused of blasphemy may be subject to harassment, threats, and attacks. Police, lawyers, and judges may also be subject to harassment, threats, and attacks when blasphemy is in issue. Those accused of blasphemy are subject to immediate incarceration, and most accused are denied bail to forestall mob violence. It is common for those accused of blasphemy to be put in solitary confinement for their protection from other inmates and guards. Like those who have served a sentence for blasphemy, those who are acquitted of blasphemy usually go into hiding or leave Pakistan. Pakistan Minorities Democratic Movement under the leadership of Atif Jamil Pagaan is striving to convince the legislators, media persons and civil society of Pakistan to advocate ending the Blasphemy Law.
"Conversion by Muslims to other faiths is forbidden under most interpretations of sharia and converts are considered apostates"
St. Alia may have spoken glibly, but there's decent evidence to back up her notion. Pakistan may be considered progressive for an Islamic country, but that would be because e.g. death sentences for apostasy are not part of the legal system. It doesn't speak to the apparently common dogmatic views of the average Muslim citizen within Pakistan, though.
On a personal note, I think this might be a good example on why the U.S. should adopt The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child; one of the main problems many Americans seem to have is that it'll lead their child astray religiously. Here's a case where the opposite is true.
« Older 43 photographs of Afghanistan... | An article in an art-related b... Newer »
This thread has been archived and is closed to new comments
Buy a Shirt