Sindh assembly passes resolution over misuse of blasphemy law

Published: March 11, 2013

Shumaila, 48, looks through her family belongings at a section of her home, after it was burnt by a mob two days earlier, in Badami Bagh. PHOTO: REUTERS

KARACHI: The Sindh Assembly passed a resolution regarding the ‘misuse of the blasphemy law’ and to condemn the ‘barbaric’ attack on the Christian homes in Joseph Colony, stated a press release on Monday.

The Joseph Colony incident took place on March 8 when over 100 Christian homes were burnt by a angry mob who accused a Christian boy, Savan, of blasphemy. Protests in various cities and compensation by President Asif Ali Zaradari and Sahbaz Sharif followed the incident.

According to the press release Member Provincial Assembly (MPA) Sindh and Chairman, Standing Committee on Minorities Affairs Sindh Assembly Saleem Khursheed Khokhar submitted a resolution in the assembly regarding misuse of the blasphemy law.

The resolution states:

“The ransacking and burning on the alleged charges of blasphemy, when no evidence of the witnesses had been recorded and especially when the accused was already in the custody of police, is a distortedly act of terrorism against the Christian Community.”

It further states:

“He [Quaid-e-Azam Muhammed Ali Jinnah]  said that “You are free to go to your temples, you are free to go to your mosques and you are free to go to any other place of worship in this State of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion, cast or creed – that has nothing to do with the business of State.”

“Government of Sindh is thus requested to take up the case with the Government of Punjab not only to get the attackers / terrorists punished, but also compensate adequately those victims who suffered mentally and monetarily. It is further resoled that the misuse of the blasphemy laws like 295-B and C of PPC should be restrained and the personal disputes are not converted into blasphemy acts,” the resolution concluded.

After the Sindh Assembly session ended, the MPAs belonging to minority groups stood on the stairs of the assembly to register their protest.

Reader Comments (7)

  • Mj
    Mar 11, 2013 - 7:24PM

    Every use of blasphemy law is a misuse.

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  • Enlightened
    Mar 11, 2013 - 8:36PM

    Kudos to Sindh Assembly for passing the resolution. However, the same should have done in the Punjab first whose govt is guilty of being soft and siding with sectarian forces in the state. Shame on them.

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  • Who me?
    Mar 11, 2013 - 9:02PM

    Too little, too late!!

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  • Arifq
    Mar 11, 2013 - 9:26PM

    Now that is called an excellent job! Good work Sindh Assembly, where is Punjab assembly?

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  • Mar 11, 2013 - 10:05PM

    @Arifq:
    u ppl can just comment like this and say excellent job…look at the above photograph and feel the pain of the lady,whose hard earned belongings have been lost.her house is destroyed like many other christian houses’. was this the pakistan Mr.jinnah craved for? when created,in 1947,pak should have served as an example to the ppl of the subcontinent of peace,brotherhood,equality as jinnah wanted and india lacked at some level.. but it’s true that situation has gone horrific in pak since partition. just cursing hindus won’t solve the problems of pak…be united and value ur citizens.

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  • DevilHunterX
    Mar 12, 2013 - 1:45AM

    Why don’t the Sindh Assembly members personally donate money to the victims …. oh right ofcourse, democracy is the best revenge.

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  • NJ
    Mar 12, 2013 - 4:09AM

    Next: Punjab Assembly…Then amend the law or remove it altogether!!!! Let’s start getting rid of Zia!

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