Amending the blasphemy law

Published: December 25, 2010

NIDERRAU, GERMANY: I agree with your editorial “Blasphemy law and lack of moral courage” (December 21) and admire your courage to point out the weakness in the blasphemy law which has not been dealt with by any government since Ziaul Haq forced it on Pakistan more than 30 years ago.

You must, however, admit that there is a considerable minority which approves this law. Not only that, this minority is willing to use violence to scare off anyone who tries to amend it. If I express the opinion that the law should be repealed, even if it means that Islam allows such laws and we should strive for more enlightened interpretations, then even liberals would show angst. So let me say it more clearly. The world has moved on since the 6th century and we need to find solutions to our problems of the 21st century. You can remain a Muslim and still profess reformation. After all, we do listen to music, see films, sing and listen to songs, which conservative Muslims tend to abhor.

Sharif Lone

Published in The Express Tribune, December 25th, 2010.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • Kamaal ilahi
    Dec 25, 2010 - 1:32PM

    Perhaps the government needs more pressure from liberal voices. I would like to know has any meember of ML(N) suggested amending this law? If not , I say shameful. but three cheers for Express and Sherry Rehman for recommending amendments to the law.Recommend

  • Sharif Lone
    Dec 26, 2010 - 1:44AM

    I think Muslim league (N) is the one which supports blasphemy law and has similar views like religipous parties. So not to expect anything from them in this regard.. Recommend

  • Urwa
    Dec 26, 2010 - 9:13PM

    i would like to remind you that Islam did not solve the problems of the 6th Centuary only but, it solve the problems of 21st centuary also. I agree that the world has moved on but, it does does not means that we have to create different laws.Recommend

  • Sonam Malik
    Dec 31, 2010 - 4:56PM

    Anyone may not consider me a good Muslim. But even then at first, I am simply a Muslim then a person with liberal mind. People who are not in the favor of Rigidity of the Blasphemy Law, must update their knowledge that in many Christian Countries especially in Europe, similar laws to protect Christianity are existed / applied with its true spirit.
    There is no any person who can provide an example regarding forgiveness of a person after committing disobedience of Christian’s Blasphemy Law. If we sensitize consciously the hold of justice, we emphatically will be able to understand the gravity of Blasphemy Law which must equally be rigid to all worldwide religions and non-religious communities.
    I personally want such a Blasphemy Law which provides protection in all the ways to all the religious nations. When we don’t compromise / show patience on murder of and sexually harassment attempts on our beloved ones’ then how & why we as Muslim and other community(s) like Christians do compromise / show patience as far as our own respective religion(s) are concerned. We must give others religions a worthy prestige. Always keep ourselves within very limits and without fail.Recommend

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