By Dr Patrick Sookhdeo, International Director of Barnabas Fund
The government of Pakistan now has less than a week to respond to a ruling by the country’s Federal Shariat Court (FSC) that the option of life imprisonment for blasphemy be removed, leaving only the death penalty.
The order, issued on 4 December 2013, sent a chill through the country’s minority Christian community, against whom the “blasphemy laws” (section 295 of the Pakistan Penal Code) are frequently used to settle personal scores; other minorities are also particularly vulnerable. It specifically concerns section 295-C, which prohibits “defiling the name of Muhammad”. (more…)