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December 23, 2010

Govt warned against amending blasphemy law

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AFP
December 23, 2010

MANSEHRA: Participants of an All Parties Conference here Wednesday warned the government against amending the blasphemy law.
Representatives of political parties, civil society and trade organisations including Maulana Waqarul Haq Usmani, former senator Syed Hidayatullah Shah, former federal minister Syed Qasim Shah, lawyer Shahjahan Khan Swati, former MPA Tariq Khan Swati, Sahibzada Jawad Alfazi and others attended the conference.
The speakers urged MNA Sherry Rehman, who tabled a bill in the National Assembly to amend the blasphemy law, to withdraw it forthwith or else they would launch countrywide protest against the move.
“We will not allow anybody to amend the blasphemy law. We are ready to sacrifice our lives for the honour of our Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him),” one of the speakers said, adding that the Blackwater and Zionist forces were behind such moves. Office-bearers of the traders and transporters associations announced that a wheel-jam and shutdown would be observed on December 24 and 31 in support of their demand.

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