“A law that punishes people who are involved in the act of blasphemy, to me, is not directly derived from the Quran,” says this scholar.
“The most barbaric and inhumane practices are being propagated in the name of religion in Pakistan,” says Iqbal Haider.
When it comes to either a repeal or amendments of the blasphemy laws, Sherry Rehman says that “there is very little appetite for both.”
Observers and experts say that mob violence and police brutality in blasphemy cases are followed up by sluggish courts, subjecting the accused to long periods in jail, high legal costs and repeated court appearances.
Zahid Hussain’s new book is a hair-raising account of the ground realities in the war against terror and a lucid examination of what the US and Pakistan fear.
The bearded icon Inzamam-ul-Haq’s reign as captain was marked by a distinct Islamisation of the Pakistan cricket team. Did this lead to a slump in their performance, as was being alleged?
Atiya Khan: “I think something happened after 9/11. There was a shift in energy and the collective human consciousness”
Ali Azmat: “Our media has painted Islam in such a manner that every time you think of it, you think of the Taliban”
On the Ground-Zero mosque: “Unfortunately, the stand of bleeding-heart liberals is based on ignorance and guilt.”
Sadly, going on shows such as Jon Stewart’s, it is most likely that he is preaching to the converted.