Re­view blas­phemy law, Pak­istan urged

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

ISLAMABAD — A court is rec­om­mend­ing that Par­lia­ment re­view Pak­istan’s blas­phemy law and make changes that will pre­vent peo­ple from be­ing falsely ac­cused of the crime, which is pun­ish­able by death.

Islamabad High Court Judge Shaukat Aziz Sid­diqi said in his Fri­day rul­ing that some peo­ple drag their ri­vals into blas­phemy cases by lev­el­ing false ac­cu­sa­tions, en­dan­ger­ing the life of both the ac­cused and his fam­ily mem­bers.

The rul­ing notes that some crit­ics are de­mand­ing the law be abol­ished but Sid­diqi ar­gues that it’s bet­ter to stop the law’s ex­ploita­tion rather than get­ting rid of it.

The rul­ing rec­om­mends Par­lia­ment amend the law to re­quire the same pun­ish­ment — the death penalty — for those who falsely al­lege blas­phemy as for those who ac­tu­ally com­mit blas­phemy.

AP/PAVEL GOLOVKIN

A Rus­sian fighter plane pre­pares for Sat­ur­day’s tank biathlon com­pe­ti­tion as part of the In­ter­na­tional Army Games held this year in Alabino, out­side Mos­cow. The com­pe­ti­tion in­volves troops from Rus­sia and sev­eral other na­tions.

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