Rashid Rehman, the human rights lawyer who received ‘death threats’ over high-profile blasphemy case is shot dead

Rashid Rehman, was a truly decent honourable human being who did some outstanding work. “He was a dedicated activist from the very beginning. All his life he was helping the downtrodden. He was fearless and never gave any time to the threats. He said he would live for the struggle and die for the struggle.” … Read more

Child accused of planning a murder, threatening police and interfering in state affairs

Sometimes the degree of stupidity exceeds all expectations. In Pakistan, Mosa Khan, a child, has been accused along with 30 other people of planning  murder, threatening police and also interfering in state affairs. So is this some teen who has gone rogue? Nope, here he is in court … Yes, the accused is 9 months old. … Read more

Pakistan court sentences man to death for blasphemy

The Guardian reports … A court in Pakistan has sentenced a Christian man to death for blasphemy, his lawyer said, over an incident that triggered a riot in the country’s second-largest city. Sawan Masih was convicted of insulting the prophet Muhammad during the course of a conversation with a Muslim friend in the Joseph Colony neighbourhood of … Read more

How many non-religious people are there in Pakistan?

Pakistan is generally perceived to be a nation populated with rather a lot of religious lunatics, and I do not mean just your average culturally religious individual, but rather people who embrace the medieval idea that murdering those of a different belief is a really good idea, so much so that they act upon that … Read more

The rise of atheism in Pakistan

It might sound strange, but Atheism really does exist in Pakistan. In fact, Hazrat Nakhuda is the founder of the ‘Pakistani Atheists and Agnostics‘ Facebook group. So given the hostility there to non-belief, or for that matter simply the wrong belief, I can only salute those that dare to be open about this and join. … Read more