It’s time to boycott religious intolerance
A Christian girl in Pakistan is facing the death penalty for blasphemy, for essentially questioning whether the prophet Muhammad has been of any use to mankind. Her local Muslim community took exception.
New Zealand, along with many other countries, took exception to apartheid in South Africa and ostracised that country notably by discouraging if not preventing sporting contacts.
I think it’s time New Zealand, and all countries, did the same with Pakistan (and Bangladesh where the same intolerance is happening) and made it clear their blasphemy laws are totally unacceptable.
Besides stopping cricket contacts there are other measures that can be taken at the political, diplomatic and business levels to put pressure on Pakistan to restore the basic freedoms any civilised society has. I call on our Government to start making serious noise about this.