Thursday, 27 January, 2022
TopicBlasphemy laws

Topic: Blasphemy laws

Pakistan’s longest serving blasphemy convict now faces death

Bhatti is accused of sending blasphemous texts abusing Prophet’s mother. He was tortured into confessing the same, says US Commission for International Religious Freedom.

What is ‘beadbi’ or sacrilege in Sikhism, which sees Guru Granth Sahib as living Guru

Long-simmering controversies about ‘beadbi’ in Sikhism have come to the fore with several incidents over the past few years, including Saturday's lynching at Golden Temple.

Pakistan’s never-ending nightmare of blasphemy laws has a new victim — a school principal

The latest sentencing by the Lahore court highlights the need for Pakistan to revisit its colonial-era blasphemy laws that are misused regularly.

Brit-Pakistani charged with conspiracy to kill Pak blogger, to be produced in UK court Monday

Mohhamed Gohir Khan has been charged by investigators in UK of plotting to murder Netherlands-based social media activist Ahmad Waqass Goraya. Khan will be produced at Old Bailey Monday.

‘Swipe’ right for death sentence. A Pakistani film matches Tinder with I-Fatwa

Pakistani filmmaker Arafat Mazhar's new animated film ‘Swipe’ isn't far-fetched. It imagines life with an app that crowdsources death sentences.

Christian man awarded death sentence by Pakistan court for blasphemy

Asif Pervaiz, a 37-year-old garment factory worker accused of sending 'blasphemous texts' to his former work supervisor, will first serve three years in jail for 'misusing his phone'.

Ahmadi man under trial for blasphemy shot dead inside courtroom in Pakistan

Tahir Naseem was a US citizen. According to a report, at least 77 people accused of blasphemy have been killed since 1990 in Pakistan.

Shyam Saran on India’s pursuit of global power status, and Usha Thorat on RBI

The best of the day’s opinion, chosen and curated by ThePrint’s top editors.

As Asia Bibi finds refuge in Canada, a look at the Pakistani laws that made her life hell

Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi was sentenced to death in 2010 for blasphemy. The Supreme Court overturned it in 2018, but she still faced death threats.

Pakistan Army orders 2,550 fancy staff cars as govt seeks an IMF bailout

Here’s what’s happening across the border: Warrant dropped against journalist Cyril Almeida, and in Asia Bibi blasphemy case, Pakistan top court reserves judgment. 

On Camera

YourTurn

File photo of Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow | Photo: Andrey Rudakov | Bloomberg

How Vladimir Putin keeps everyone guessing

Over the years, Putin has always had the upper hand tactically vis-à-vis the West because he’s had what’s called escalation dominance. But experts say he may have gone a big step too far.
AU Small Finance Bank Managing Director and Chief Executive Sanjay Agarwal. | Photo by special arrangement

MSME sector requires hand-holding, Budget measures needed: AU Small Finance Bank MD & CEO

The sector has faced continued distress since the Covid-19 pandemic struck in March 2020. Govt data says about 9% of MSMEs shut down due to the pandemic.

Defence

The photo of former PM Indira Gandhi with the three former service chiefs | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

‘Mystery’ brochure on 1971 War crops Indira Gandhi, Jagjivan Ram from images, courts controversy

Both images show the then service chiefs, but the former PM and defence minister is removed from them.

Modi vs non-BJP CMs: When most popular isn’t all-powerful & why Centre-state ties will worsen

Modi’s inability to win many states, and the huge popularity his rivals enjoy there, is pushing Indian politics in a more robustly federal direction.
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