blasphemylaw-afp-670
People shout slogans during a protest rally in Lahore on January 9, 2011, against a proposed amendment in the blasphemy law. — Photo by AFP/File

KARACHI, Aug 19: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan has strongly condemned the charge of blasphemy against an 11-year-old Christian girl, residing in the village of Golra.

The fact that the girl is a juvenile and suffers from Down syndrome only makes the charge more preposterous and barbaric. It is also extremely disturbing to note that the police allowed a mob to surround the police station and demand that she be handed over.

The spread of extremism and the authorities’ preference for appeasing charged mobs, rather than taking the correct and lawful course, should make those in power as well as other political forces take serious note. It is deplorable that the country’s political leadership refrains from speaking out against extremism and the injustices towards non-Muslims.

The HRCP called upon the authorities to immediately release the young girl and provide protection to her family.

More From This Section

Chinese investors threaten to move capital from KP to Balochistan

A representative of the Chinese investors alleged that an advisor of KP CM, was causing hindrances in the ventures.

Opposition questions privatisation of 32 entities

The opposition parties showed their concerns and staged a symbolic walkout from the Senate against the govt’s decision.

PM calls urgent meeting on national security

Federal ministers, services chiefs, DG IB, ISI and CJCSC are invited to attend the meeting on Thursday, said sources.

Nawaz, Zardari discuss political situation, security

The two also discussed the ongoing operation in Karachi and the dialogue process with Taliban.


Comments are closed.

Comments (1)

Cyrus Howell
August 21, 2012 7:32 am
"Our religion is everything to us." "I'm sorry. I didn't know that."
Explore: Indian elections 2014
Explore: Indian elections 2014
How much do you know about Indian Elections?
How much do you know about Indian Elections?
Poll
From The Newspaper
Tweets