Pakistani PM reiterates govt.s no intention to amend blasphemy law

Pakistani Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani Wednesday categorically said that his government has no intention to amend the Blasphemy law; however its misuse should be prevented.

“Neither the Government has moved a bill nor any Committee has been formed to amend the said law as both the treasury and opposition benches are on the same page and are unanimous on this sensitive issue,” said the Prime Minister while responding to a point raised by leader of the Opposition Nisar Ali Khan in the National Assembly. His comments follow the brutal and horrible killing of Punjab Governor Salman Taseer by his official security guard last month for supporting change in the blasphemy law and release of a Christian woman, being sentenced to death for reportedly committing blasphemy. The Prime Minister said that a Muslim cannot have two opinions on the blasphemy law and being descendant of the Holy Prophet (Peace Be upon Him), he cannot even think of amending it.

However, he clarified, majority of the cases under the blasphemy law have so far been registered against Muslims.

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