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 Rashid Rehman, the human rights lawyer who received ‘death threats’ over high-profile blasphemy case is shot dead
Today marks the date on which Pakistan made it illegal to hold the wrong Islamic belief. Thirty years ago today, on 26th April 1984, Pakistan amended its penal code to target Ahmadiyya Muslims and made it a criminal offence, punishable by three years imprisonment, for an Ahmadi to call himself a Muslim. Today’s Times has … Read more Today is a rather shameful anniversary for Pakistan
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 Child accused of planning a murder, threatening police and interfering in state affairs
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 Pakistan court sentences man to death for blasphemy
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 How many non-religious people are there 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 The rise of atheism in Pakistan