Source: The News
By Ansar Abbasi
ISLAMABAD: United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) in its Annual Report 2016 called upon US administration to press Pakistan for the repeal of the blasphemy law and the rescinding of anti-Qadiani provisions of law.
The report issued months back, interestingly had also pointed out the issue of “forced conversions” of below 18 girls in Pakistan. In a strange coincidence, the Sindh Assembly recently passed a controversial law barring even conversion by choice to anyone below the age of 18 years.
However, following serious objections raised by religious sections of the country for barring even those below 18 who want to convert to Islam by their free will, the PPP leadership has decided to amend the controversial parts of the said legislation.
The religious sections of the society pointed out that Islam does not permit forced conversion and that it could be treated as a crime. However, barring below 18 years old from by choice conversion is un-Islamic.