'No change to blasphemy law'

Published: January 11, 2011

Gilani said that the government had already ruled out any change to the law and the controversy surrounding the law should end.

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Tuesday categorically ruled out any amendment to the blasphemy law.

Speaking to the media after a conference in Islamabad, Gilani said that the government had already ruled out any change to the law and the controversy surrounding the law should end.

Gilani’s statement comes on the day when chairman of the PPP, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, declared that he would defend minorities in Pakistan and that those celebrating the death of Governor Punjab Salmaan Taseer were “the real blasphemers”.

Earlier, Religious Affairs Minister Khursheed Shah had also said that the government had no intention of repealing the law. In a policy statement issued to the National Assembly, Khursheed Shah had said the government did not own the private bill submitted by Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) legislator, Sherry Rehman, seeking to amend the Blasphemy Act.

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Reader Comments (24)

  • Jan 11, 2011 - 7:59PM

    Ofcourse not. We all love our life. Recommend

  • Talha
    Jan 11, 2011 - 8:02PM

    Pir Gillani is a sub par leader who does not posses an ounce of characteristics found in a real leader.

    Cannot expect him to change his shoes properly, blasphemy law is a far shot.Recommend

  • Sara
    Jan 11, 2011 - 8:10PM

    Sad

    GOVT should call ULEMAs of all sect and should review the Blasphemy law.

    To keep the status as it is mean, Govt admitted its HAAR.
    and bent in front of MULLAH.Recommend

  • Anwar Ahmad
    Jan 11, 2011 - 8:20PM

    This is democratic government and it was well understood. Even the dictator got scared from clergy and took about turn from his announcement to reform the law. Are Religious Parties going to calm down now? Certainly not. They are advancing to achieve their ultimate goal i.e. to take full control of power in Pakistan.

    RIP Quaid-e-Azam. RIP Qaid-e-Awam. RIP BB. RIP Taseer, all the sane voices and moderate thinkers.

    Long live Pakistan under the sword of Blasphemy Laws in the hands of holy warriors.Recommend

  • Sankalp
    Jan 11, 2011 - 8:30PM

    expected, nothing new :|Recommend

  • Feroze
    Jan 11, 2011 - 8:40PM

    Poor Salman Taseer. Died in vain. What is so wrong in debating a man made law in the assemblies and amending it by consensus so as to prevent its misuse and abuse? Has the PPP forgotten about the sacrifices made by it’s workers during the time of zia draconian decade? What a sad day for the party, democratic ideals and Pakistan. Recommend

  • Hashmat Ali
    Jan 11, 2011 - 8:42PM

    No surprise, Gillani’s political growth happened under Zia’s wingsRecommend

  • Cautious
    Jan 11, 2011 - 9:39PM

    Just more evidence that there is not much difference between the extremist Taliban and the rest of the country. Hope the USA wakes up and realizes sending money to Pakistan is sending money to their enemy.Recommend

  • Jan 11, 2011 - 10:56PM

    Good Decision.Recommend

  • Mastishhk
    Jan 11, 2011 - 11:10PM

    @Sara..You are spot on with your wise suggestion, however do u think the leadership of Pakistan led by PPP has the spine to achieve this. Their Chairman is sitting in England ( don’t know when was the last time he was in Pakistan) and issuing brave statements which are in direct contradiction to Gilani’s statements. PPP is confusing the people of Pakistan regarding its agenda. Mullahs rule the roost and PPP and other coalition partners are just ineterested in filling their coffers through whatever means till they are in power.No leader worth his salt wants to put himself in line of fire by commenting on Blasphemy law. Gen Pervez “quote a day” Musharraf has exercised exemplary restrain by keeping silent.I think he doesnt know whether to condemn or condone the killing of Salman Taseer.Pakistan is in a hopeless situation roght now !Recommend

  • Jan 11, 2011 - 11:22PM

    So Gilani is now scared after taseer’s murder. he might be on the hit list tooRecommend

  • Peggy Gordon
    Jan 11, 2011 - 11:29PM

    He loves his life, doesn’t he!!!

    But this is sad news. For someone who has travelled across Pakistan in the 90′s, I am pained to see the state of affairs in this country. Religion is governing the life of the citizens. There are other muslim countries in the world but one only hears fundamentalist voices from this country. India, I believe has more muslims than Pakistan but they don’t indulge in religious extremetism. I feel Pakistan is on the way to self-destruction but I will be glad if I am proven wrong!Recommend

  • Alina Lodhi
    Jan 12, 2011 - 12:06AM

    Best decision ever made!Recommend

  • Syed A. Mateen
    Jan 12, 2011 - 12:08AM

    Thank you, Mr. Prime Minister. Recommend

  • Another normal person in here
    Jan 12, 2011 - 12:25AM

    @Sad “GOVT should call ULEMAs of all sect and should review the Blasphemy law”

    “Ulemas” to review law? they only know is calling “Kafir” and killing in the name religion. They are filled with hatred.Recommend

  • Adnan
    Jan 12, 2011 - 12:28AM

    Anwar Mian

    Quaid Azam was not a moderate. He supported Ilam Deen. Taseer’s father also supported Ilam Deen shaheed and provided stuff in his funeral. Go and read the history.Recommend

  • Fedup
    Jan 12, 2011 - 2:37AM

    Guys get ready to be destroyed by the hands of this chalu maulvis who ar all set to make there own sysytem in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Zoubair
    Jan 12, 2011 - 2:39AM

    I have noticed that many male Pakistani politicians do not grow their beards to size of say Osama or the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). This is completely un-Islamic. Why have blasphemy laws when so many Pakistani males are not growing their beards ?
    What are your views, my fellow Pakistani muslims ?Recommend

  • Malik
    Jan 12, 2011 - 4:25AM

    Quaid Azam was not a moderate. He
    supported Ilam Deen.

    @Adnan:

    Being someone’s lawyer is not the same as supporting one’s misdeeds. Lawyers represent a lot of criminals, no reflection upon lawyer’s own character.Recommend

  • Malik
    Jan 12, 2011 - 4:35AM

    So Gilani is now scared after taseer’s
    murder. he might be on the hit list
    too

    PM Gilani, Rehman Mailk, Babar Awan and Shah Mahmood Qureshi are establishment’s men in PPP, no worry to them.Recommend

  • Golden Horde
    Jan 12, 2011 - 7:02AM

    what a disgracefull statement by the PM. He should be ashamed of not trying to rid us of this this unislamic, immoral and inhumane law. With such a weak leadership, what else can the country expect! Recommend

  • Ali Hasan
    Jan 12, 2011 - 10:15AM

    The PPP bows before the MQM, the PPP bows before the PML-N and now the PPP bows before the fundos. PPP is going to have a sore back after all that surrendering. Recommend

  • Asfandyar Munir
    Jan 12, 2011 - 11:20AM

    :( Sad day…..sad day for years to come….For the ruined generations :@

    Thank u Zia…for introducing the law that ppl think is God’s law…thank u ZiaRecommend

  • Mehnaz
    Jan 18, 2011 - 4:32PM

    @Zoubair: Please don’t throw a new twist to the mindset of an already twisted society!Recommend

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