KARACHI: Police on Thursday registered a blasphemy case against unidentified people after blasphemous wall-chalking appeared in the North Karachi area of the port city.
Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Central Dr Rizwan Khan confirmed that a mob to caused damage to public and private property in the area after the wall-chalking. "The police peacefully managed to disperse them," the SSP said.
The mob, out of misunderstanding also surrounded a family in a car and dispersed when someone inside the car shot in the air. Police intervened to resolve the situation. It was an issue of miscommunication, Khan confirmed.
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However, the police cordoned off the family's house and moved them to a safe location due to security concerns.
Last month, amid strong opposition by the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl, (JUI-F), the Senate human rights committee recommended that anyone falsely accusing a person of blasphemy should be awarded a similar punishment prescribed for a convict of blasphemy.
However, Senator Sattar, who belongs to the JUI-F, strongly opposed the recommendations and called them an attempt to change the blasphemy laws to ‘please the foreign masters’.
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“This is tantamount to changing the blasphemy law and I know this is being done to make the masters happy as it is a conspiracy to remove the hurdles to blaspheming the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him),” Sattar said in a harsh tone. He demanded that the matter be just avoided for the ‘betterment’ of the country.
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