Aasia Bibi and the Blasphemy Law

Aasia Bibi and the Blasphemy Law of Pakistan

The recent ill treatment of Aasia Bibi has once again sparked controversies about whether the laws regarding blasphemy in the constitution of Pakistan are appropriate or worthy of application at all. The case was brought about by a dispute regarding the use of a water bowl, during which other women Aasia Bibi argued against accused her of making derogatory and demeaning comments about the Holy Prophet (PBUH). Such being the circumstance, Qari Saleem from a local mosque filed a report against her. She was arrested and jailed for about one and a half years, until recently, the Nankana Sahib District sentenced her to death along with a fine of 300,000 rupees.

Many critics regard that blasphemy laws are misused in persecuting Christians and other minorities. Pope Benedict XVI has also urged her released, and to his claims that the minorities in Pakistan were “often victims of violence and discrimination.” International NGO’s including Amnesty International has called for her immediate release, that she may return to her five children at home.

President Zardari has requested that a report be presented to him by a commission by Friday; for many, hopes are dead and they believe that paperwork is as far as the President will go, showing he has no interest in minority protection at the moment.

Though the issue will come and go just like cases like those of the Babri Mosque in India, it is highly important that such issues be thoroughly taken into notice and regulations revised, as in future, our raw material suppliers, our allies, all Christian nations, do not get offended. The law, which many claim is “being used by illiterate masses in rural areas to hoodwink the minorities,” could further rub salt into the wounds of our national reputation, at the worst time possible.

‘We are victims of evil customs. It is a crime against humanity that our women are shut up within the four walls of the houses as prisoners. There is no sanction anywhere for the deplorable condition in which our women have to live.’- Quaid-e-Azam.


About Saad Hirani

A student of Karachi Grammar School, I am a patriot and strive to improve Pakistan. My articles aim to reach out to the general public, and restart that spark in our eyes, just like the one Quaid-e-Azam possessed, so that we can serve our country, and build it's future. I'm only 16, but i know of the troubles Pakistan is going through, and want them changed.

4 Responses to Aasia Bibi and the Blasphemy Law

  1. محمد طارق راحیل November 26, 2010 at 12:53 pm #

    ہمارےمعاشرے میں جس طور پر غیبت گمراہی ریا گاری جھوٹ فریب انا پسندی لالچ پھیل چکا ہے اس لحاظ سے ہمیں مکمل تحقیق کی ضرورت ہے
    کہ کیا واقعی گستاخی رسول ﷺ ہوئی ہے؟ یا یہ کسی دیرینہ ذاتی رنجش کے باعث الزام تراشی ہی تو نہیں.

    مکمل تحقیق کے بعد وہ بدبخت گستاخ رسول ﷺ ثابت ہو تو اس کو ایک نشان عبرت بنا کر قرار واقعی سزا دینی چاہئے معافی کی اس جرم مین کوئی جگہ نہیں

    اللہ انصاف کرنے والوں کو پسند کرتا ہے.

  2. Hamid Abbasi November 22, 2010 at 6:48 pm #

    @saad
    agreed!
    just 2 add heard sumwhere dat pope has showed his regret over d banning of hijab by certain countries………
    well done team chowrangi i feel d vatican has also enrolled with us bt definitely a positive move…………
    🙂

  3. Saad Hirani November 21, 2010 at 10:23 pm #

    Thank you for the compliment. I agree that we are still slaves to the Western world, and that the authority of the Pope will make the decision to release her InshaAllah easier. Aasia claimed that when the argument she got into did get abusive, but she didn’t make blasphemous comments. Sometimes, the illiterate population does seem to twist and turn facts. Regards.

  4. Hamid Abbasi November 21, 2010 at 9:03 pm #

    @author
    undoubtedly ny misdeed against d minority is highly condemnable and all steps must be taken 2 avoid n incident like these……
    however i believe that this campaign is more directed toward d judicial system rather than d case itself………..an inquiry must b carried out bt d punishment for a culprit of such a sin is what we see in the constitution……provided dat the case is genuine……we dnt want pope bendict 2 dictate us hw we live……..we have our own faith frm where we derieve the giudance…………i wish pope could comment d same during d case of aafia,, thousands of palestinians living in gaza and the kashmiris..
    well written saad………..

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