Daily Times: Some Muslim leaders want global pact against blasphemy
* Anti-Islam film may fuel calls for such a move
* Church conference hears of abuse of blasphemy law
GENEVA: As a film insulting Islam prompted Muslim leaders in many countries to call for a global law against blasphemy, a major Christian group said just such a ban in Pakistan was used to persecute other religions.
Abuse of Pakistan’s blasphemy law put the Islamic country’s Christian, Hindu and Ahmadi Muslims in “a state of fear and terror”, the World Council of Churches (WCC) said on Monday.
Representatives of those minorities told a conference on the law organised by the WCC – which links Protestant, Orthodox and evangelical churches – of mob lynching and widespread mistreatment of those accused of blasphemy.
“In Pakistan, we are fighting against the blasphemy law and its abuse,” said Muhammad Tahseen of campaign group the South Asia Partnership. The recent arrest of a Christian girl who faced a possible death penalty for what later appeared to be false charges of burning a booklet carrying Quranic verses was just one of many such cases, he said.