Doug Bandow an American political writer in his article maintains that minorities suffer worldwide most amidst the expanding conflicts and disputes.
As an American political writer,Doug Bndow is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute and former special assistant to President Ronald Reagan. He has authored a number of books on economics and politics. He writes frequently on military non-interventionism. In his expose, he says the world is in flames, while the religious minorities are the ones who suffer most from the ever increasing disputes. He goes on to criticise that Pakistan is noteworthy for its failure to protect religious liberty, the most basic right of conscience.
The U.S. State Department has recently reported on Pakistan that, “The constitution and other laws and policies officially restrict religious freedom and, in practice, the government enforced many of these restrictions. The government’s respect for and protection of the right to religious freedom continued to be poor. The government’s limited capacity and will to investigate or prosecute the perpetrators of increasing extremist attacks against religious minorities and on members of the Muslim majority promoting tolerance, allowed the climate of impunity to continue,” explained the State Department.
The most common tool of persecution may be the charge of blasphemy which, explained the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, is used to “target members of religious minority communities and dissenting Muslims and frequently result in imprisonment.” The blasphemy laws are made for abuse: “The so-called crime carries the death penalty or life in prison, does not require proof of intent or evidence to be presented after allegations are made, and does not include penalties for false allegations,” according to the commission. The evidence being unneeded, the charge is more often than not used to settle personal disputes. As the records reveal, between 1986 and 2006, 695 people were charged with blasphemy. 3 Christians have been sentenced to death in the last few months. Many other Pakistanis are in prison until trial.
Minority faiths are regularly being violently attacked; however Islamabad does not launch these assaults, it does little to prevent or redress them, Bandow criticizes.
Doug Bandow writes that noticeably, there is little the U.S. can do directly about policy in Pakistan. However, the International Religious Freedom Act empowers the State Department to designate countries as Countries of Particular Concern. He continues to write,” as we see in Pakistan today. Rising religious extremism, exemplified by abusive blasphemy prosecutions, threatens the integrity of the Pakistani state – and the security of its nuclear program. Although Americans cannot control policy in Pakistan, they can help highlight a problem that threatens people in that nation and around the world.”