Over 50% of those charged with blasphemy belong to minority communities, who form less than 4% of Pakistan’s population.
Days after nearly 100 people were killed in a suicide bombing at Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine, devotees returned to perform the dhamal, a Sufi dance.
As protests break out over the disappearances of activists in Pakistan, it is evident that the state and the police are siding with religious outfits seeking to curtail freedom.
A number of girls from the minority communities have been abducted, forcibly converted to Islam and married off, a trend that legal sanctions have failed to curb.
It is not as if my motherland has turned conservative or that peace has failed. If anything has failed, it is the state which is refusing to protect its own citizens.