Photos of the December 9 protests in Karachi
"Our blasphemy law is absolutely essential and should not be amended"
I’m not an overly religious guy: I wear jeans, I go to parties, I don’t have a beard… Yet I think our blasphemy law is absolutely essential and does not need to be amended. It touches on a fundamental principle of Islam, which is the oneness of Allah and our Prophet. Insulting the prophet is the most serious offence one can commit against a Muslim, and according to the Pakistani constitution, the punishment for this is clear: death by hanging.
“Right now it’s too easy for anyone to accuse someone else of committing blasphemy in Pakistan”
The problem with the blasphemy law is not the law itself, but its implementation. The way it is enforced is completely subjective. There are many different currents of Islam in Pakistan, and different people feel differently about what is or is not insulting to the Prophet and our religion. Right now it’s too easy for anyone to accuse someone else of committing blasphemy – and the consequences of the accusation are much too serious. I do not think it is justified to sentence someone to death for committing blasphemy.