Pending blasphemy cases: Govt orders arrest of accused

It is pertinent to mention here that over 960 people had been charged with blasphemy in Pakistan from 1980 to 2009. Of these, 479 were Muslims, 340 Ahmadis, 119 Christians, 14 Hindus and 10 miscellaneous faiths. Religious fundamentalists and extremists in the country also killed hundreds of people extra-judicially.

Pending blasphemy cases issue: Govt orders arrest of accused, their production in courts

KARACHI: The federal government has instructed provinces to submit the details of pending cases registered under blasphemy law during 2010-11 and directed the authorities concerned to arrest those involved in such cases immediately, besides producing them before the courts, Daily Times has learnt…………..

Since Zia-ul-Haq’s regime and from early1980s, at least 32 under-trial prisoners and even many of those acquitted on charges of blasphemy have been extra-judicially killed by mobs inside prisons or outside courtrooms. On the other hand, at least two judges have been assassinated for acquitting individuals accused of blasphemy.

In 1997, Lahore High Court Judge Arif Iqbal Bhatti, who had acquitted two Christians in a blasphemy case, was shot dead as he left the court.

Whereas a large number of people flee abroad every year for protecting their lives after facing life threats for being involved in

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