Aslam Khwaja’s People’s Movements in Pakistan covers instances that rarely find mention in news in India, leading us to see common threads between resistance movements on both sides of the divide.
In the second such killing over blasphemy in a week police say that one of the women acted as an instigator, persuading the other two to carry out the act.
Pakistan said on Tuesday it would bar Islamist organisations from staging rallies commemorating a killer whom many religious groups consider a hero for assassinating a prominent politician who had called for the reform of blasphemy laws.
In 2013, more than 3,000 Muslims burned 125 homes in Lahore’s Josep Colony responding to rumours of blasphemous remarks by a local Christian man.
Aamir Liaquat Hussain, whose program airs on Bol TV accused liberal activists and others of blasphemy putting their lives at risk.
The committee would consider making it binding to investigate complaints before registering a case and also a suitable punishment other than the mandatory death penalty.
The campaign against Shaan Taseer shows that the intolerant atmosphere that led to his father’s untimely death has not ebbed.
Police said the arrested activists belonged to Tehreek-i-Labaik Ya Rasool Allah, a coalition of Islamist groups who were planning to attack people staging a vigil to commemorate the anniversary of a governor’s killing.
The case highlights the continuing influence in Pakistan of Muslim hardliners who praise violence in the name of defending Islam, despite a government vow to crack down on religious extremism.
Ali Haider Gilani had been abducted outside a Pakistan Peoples Party office in Multan two days before the country’s landmark May 11, 2013 general election.
Is the military establishment under General Raheel Sharif willing to amend the contours of its historic alliance with the mullahs in the formation of a national narrative?