Pakistan must break the vicious cycles of impunity and lawlessness by arresting, prosecuting, and jailing all perpetrators of violence against religious communities and their advocates. It must hold police officers accountable for turning a blind eye to attacks or refusing to file police reports when the victims are members of religious minorities
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Panel experts discuss Pakistan continued slide to an Islamist State based on total intolerance. “Pakistan’s zealous enforcement” of blasphemy laws, Lantos-Swett observed, “is in stark and embarrassing contrast to the pronounced lack of zeal in bringing to justice” those who kill in Islam’s name.
“India is a large country of 1.23 billion people, which means that it will be always difficult for intelligence agencies to be present everywhere. While the actual figures of Indian Muslims joining ISIS may not be known, it seems that the number of Indian Muslims attracted to the jihadi call of ISIS could be between a few score and 300. Indian Muslims who joined ISIS followed several paths: Four individuals flew directly from Mumbai to Iraq; one Kashmiri youth based in Australia went directly to Syria via Turkey; some youths from Tamil Nadu based in Singapore travelled to Syria; Indian youths from the UAE and other Middle Eastern countries joined ISIS.
Pakistan’s Supreme Court today agreed to review the case of a Christian mother sentenced to death on a blasphemy charge, temporarily suspending her execution. Aasiya Noreen, commonly known as Asia Bibi, is the first woman to be sentenced to death for blasphemy in Pakistan. The three-judge bench of the Supreme Court at the Lahore Registry admitted for hearing her petition challenging the sentence.
Two Christian brothers remain detained on charges of blasphemy against Islam after one of them was accused of having “disrespectful material” on his website, a senior rights official confirmed to BosNewsLife Monday, July 20. “A case has been registered against Qaisar and Amoon Ayub of Lahore relating to accusations dating back to 2011,” said Nasir Saeed, a director of the Pakistan-based advocacy ‘Centre for Legal Aid Assistance and Settlement’ (CLAAS).
Asia Bibi, a Pakistani woman who has been sentenced to death for “blasphemy” for drinking from a Muslim water cup, appears to be bleeding to death in prison. She was found last week vomiting blood, suffering chest pains and having trouble eating.
The BBC reports that eight out of ten men who tried to kill Malala Yousafzai in 2012 have been secretly acquitted by the Pakistani government. In April, Pakistani officials stated that 10 Taliban terrorists had been found guilty and received 25-year sentences.
A leading Pakistani human rights activist has been killed in a drive-by shooting in Karachi after hosting a talk on allegations of torture in the province of Balochistan. Sabeen Mehmud was shot dead as she drove home with her mother, who was also attacked. Ms Mehmud had been the subject of death threats before. Tributes were paid to her on social media as soon as news of her death emerged.
Suspected Islamic militants opened fire on a Catholic school in Pakistan’s city of Lahore Friday, April 17, injuring a Christian student and two security guards, church sources and rights activists said.
A Christian rights official in Pakistan is demanding police protection for himself and family members after his brother was shot and injured following a series of threats and attacks.