European Union Urges Pakistan To Repeal Its Blasphemy Laws

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EU Parliament- STRASBOURG
EU Parliament- STRASBOURG

The EU parliament on Thursday 27th of November insisted upon Pakistan to invalidate its blasphemy laws with an intention to repealing them, saying they were “increasingly used to target” Christians and other minorities. The parliament also expressed exacting concern about the blasphemy case of Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman sentenced to death four years ago. Asia’s death sentence was upheld in October Lahore High Court consequently crushing vague hopes that Asia Bibi’s conviction might be nullified or at least altered to imprisonment instead of death sentence.
The members of the EU in a resolution, “called on the government of Pakistan to carry out a thorough review of the blasphemy laws and their current application … with a review to repealing the laws.” The resolution also “calls on the government of Pakistan to abolish the death penalty, including for blasphemy or apostasy.” France aired grave concerns that blasphemy laws “are increasingly used to target vulnerable minority groups, including Christians and Ahmedis in Pakistan.” What’s more, more or less 50 MEPs in the interim wrote to EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini urging her to ask Pakistan to show leniency towards Asia Bibi.