These black Blasphemy Laws (yes, I call them black, too! Black, backward, unjust, repressive!) state (and I apologize for quoting Wiki al-Saheeh, but I can't find it anywhere else at the moment. I promise to give a more reliable source once I find one soon):
Whoever, with the deliberate intention of wounding the religious feelings of any person, utters any word or makes any sound in the hearing of that person or makes any gesture in the sight of that person or places any object in the sight of that person, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to one year, or with fine, or with both.Um, so, how do we know people's intentions? How do we know that someone "deliberately" intended to wound the religious feelings of a Muslim? That "any person" should be changed to "Muslim" only. There aren't any laws against offending Hindus or Sikhs or Christians in Pakistan; only against offending Muslims!
The first victim of the Blasphemy Laws was Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman. She is accused of having said something against Prophet Muhammad (we don't know if she really said what she said, but her neighbors reported her for doing so, and her neighbors are Muslims who refuse to drink water from her hand because anything that belongs to Christians, according to those women, is "unclean"!). Initially, the police are said to have rescued her from her village attackers for what she'd been accused of, but then Judge Naveed Iqbal sentenced her to death in November 2010 -- sentenced her to death by hanging.
Of course, we're talking about the same country that has officially, constitutionally declared Ahmadi Muslims non-Muslims. They are constitutionally prohibited from behaving like Muslims. Pakistani authorities are constitutionally permitted (rather, obligated!) to threaten, harass, and kill them.
I'm too disheartened right now. Will write more on this later.
Help Save the Life of Asia Bibi, Mother of Five" and all the others in her support? It's a pity that Qadri has already won thousands of fans on social networks. Damn injustice. Why is it so much more appealing than justice?