Churches urged to pray for PPP lawmaker striving to amend the blasphemy law

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Director of CLAAS-UK Nasir Saeed, has urged all the churches in Pakistan to offer special prayers for Senator farhatullah Baber. For this reason he has sent a special request to various churches and believers; urging them to remember all the members of Senate’s Committee on Human Rights as they have taken up the issue of prevention of misuse of blasphemy law. The Senate body has been striving to introduce amendments into the blasphemy laws so that its misuse can be thwarted.

Senate Committee for Human Rights

In keeping with details, Senate’s Committee had recently attempted to debate over possible measures in order to stop the misuse of blasphemy laws in the country. This bill has met with great hostility from political and religious leaders. In this connection, Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs Sher Afgan Niazi slammed the bill saying this would only hurt the feelings of Muslims. He informed the House that according to the Constitution, “No law shall be enacted which is repugnant to Islamic injunctions and this is not a secular but an Islamic state.”

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Despite all the hostility and opposition, Senate’s Committee on Human Rights; in particular Senator Farhatullah Baber is striving bring about a change in the law. Therefore, Pakistani Christians were urged to pray for the lawmaker and other members of the committee so that they may succeed in the thick of resistance.

Recently, Lahore High Court had summoned Senator Farhatullah Babar to present a reply over recent debate in Senate for mulling over preventive measures to stop misuse of blasphemy laws in the country. The court was moved by an Advocate who claimed that National Assembly and Senate do not enjoy rights to bring about any kind of change in the blasphemy laws.

LHC Judge while hearing the petition case against the Senate’s Committee on Human Rights ordered the Ministry of Law and Senator Farhat Ullah Babar to submit their reply over the issue in two weeks’ time. Justice Shujat Ali Khan was hearing the petition filed by Advocate Nadeem Sadiqui who maintained that both the Houses do not enjoy the right to bring changes in the blasphemy laws. Advocate Nadeem had urged the court to order the Senate to halt this debate over prevention of misuse of blasphemy law.

Recently a statement was issued by Senator Farhat Ullah Babar saying that Senate’s committee on Human Rights was all set to take up debate on the inevitable issues of how to prevent the misuse of blasphemy laws in the country. He stated that Senate’s Committee will start discussions on blasphemy laws soon. He said that this discussion will be centered around the recommendations contained in a report which is 24 years old. He further asserted that this will be the first time ever, when a parliamentary body will be considering a formal proposal on how to prevent the misuse of the blasphemy laws.