EU urges Pakistan to push for repeal of blasphemy laws

Source: ET

The daughters of Asia Bibi with an image of their mother, standing outside their residence in Sheikhupura on November 13, 2010. PHOTO: REUTERS

STRASBOURG, FRANCE: The European Parliament called Thursday on Pakistan to overhaul its blasphemy laws with a view to repealing them, saying they were “increasingly used to target” Christians and other minorities.

The Parliament expressed particular concern about the case of Aasia Bibi, a Christian woman sentenced to death four years ago for insulting the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) during an argument with a Muslim woman over a bowl of water.

Her sentence was upheld last month by the Lahore High Court, dashing hopes the conviction might be overturned or commuted to a jail term.

In a non-binding resolution, members of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France expressed their concern that blasphemy laws “are increasingly used to target vulnerable minority groups, including Ahmedis and Christians, in Pakistan.”

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