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Govt committed to protect blasphemy laws: minister

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Religious Affairs Noor-ul- Haq Qadri has reiterated Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government stance to protect blasphemy laws. In a statement, reported by the APP, he said the legislators of PTI would vehemently oppose amendments in 295 C, Pakistan Penal Code (PPC). The amendment in the blasphemy law was approved by the previous cabinet. He said Minister for Information Technology Khalid Maqbool Siddique had already tabled a motion in Senate on September 27 for taking back the proposed…

SC reserves verdict on Asia Bibi’s appeal against execution

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Monday reserved its verdict on an appeal of a Christian woman challenging the death sentence awarded to her for blasphemy. A three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, reserved the verdict after hearing arguments from her counsel. The chief justice said the delay was "for reasons to be recorded later", and told media they could not publish comments on the hugely inflammatory case, which has incited violence in the past. Asia Bibi, a mother of five, has been on death…

SC to hear Asia Bibi’s final appeal against execution on Monday

LAHORE: The Supreme Court is set to hear a final appeal by Christian woman Asia Bibi against her execution for blasphemy. A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar will hear the appeal filed by Asia Bibi on October 8. The bench will also comprise Justice Asif Saeed Khosa and Justice Mazhar Alam Khan Miankhel. Notices have been issued to the additional prosecutor general of Punjab to ensure his presence during the hearing. The allegations against Bibi date back to June 2009, when she was labouring…

In first Senate speech, PM vows to raise sacrilegious caricatures issue in UN

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday strongly condemned the competition of sacrilegious caricatures being held in the Netherlands and vowed to raise the issue in the United Nations. The prime minister was addressing the Senate after it passed a unanimous resolution against a competition of sacrilegious caricatures being held in the Netherlands later this year. The resolution was tabled by PTI leader Shibli Faraz in a session of the Upper House presided by deputy chairman Senate Saleem Mandviwalla. PM Imran…

ATC acquits 20 suspects in Christian couple killing case

LAHORE: An anti-terrorism court here has acquitted 20 suspects booked for allegedly lynching and immolating a Christian couple accused of committing blasphemy in Kot Radha Kishan in 2014. In Nov 2014, brick factory workers - Shahzad and his wife Shama - were burned to death in a brick kiln by a charged mob for allegedly desecrating the Holy Quran. The woman, a mother of three, was said to be pregnant at the time of the incident. The ATC judge exonerated 20 suspects from all charges for lack of compelling evidence.…

Justice Siddiqui blasts authorities over inaction on blasphemous content

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday reprimanded the federal authorities over their failure to ensure implementation of its judgment with regard to elimination of blasphemous content from the social media websites. Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui expressed extreme displeasure over the authorities for failing to implement the court orders in the petition calling for removal of blasphemous content on social networking sites. "Don't force the court to take tough attitude," he warned. Noting that the judgment…

‘Death to blasphemers’ increasing as political rallying cry in Pakistan

SWABI: Three police officers stand daily guard at the tomb of Pakistani student Mashal Khan to prevent religious hardliners from fulfilling threats to blow up the grave of the 23-year-old beaten to death over rumors he blasphemed against Islam. His grieving family, now also under police protection, say they have little hope the shocking campus killing will prompt a re-examination of blasphemy laws that carry a death penalty, or action against the mob justice that often erupts in such cases. On Friday, there was more…

Christian man sentenced to death over blasphemous WhatsApp text

LAHORE: A Christian man in Lahore has been sentenced to death for blasphemy after he sent a Muslim friend a poem on WhatsApp that insulted Islam, a lawyer said Friday. The accused was charged in July last year after his friend, Yasir Bashir, complained to police that he received a poem on the messaging app that was derogatory toward the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) and other holy figures. The accused “was handed a death sentence by the court on Thursday on blasphemy charges,” defence lawyer Anjum Wakeel told AFP, alleging…