“Minorities are collateral damage in the battle for Pakistan’s soul”
By Farieha Aziz | Newsline magazine | 24 APRIL 2011
Q: Following the assassination of Salmaan Taseer and Shahbaz Bhatti, calls for the repeal of the Blasphemy Law have become muted. Now one only hears a few feeble calls for amendments. Do you think the Blasphemy Law is now beyond repeal.
A: The last several months have shown us precisely how the Blasphemy Law can be abused. If there was any doubt about the fact that the law, if abused, can become an instrument of coercion and foster a climate of witch-hunting and vigilantism, I think now it is difficult for even its most ardent supporter to argue otherwise. Human Rights Watch (HRW) is of the view that the Blasphemy Law needs to be repealed, and we remain firm on that position. Read more