ISLAMABAD: Law Minister Babar Awan on Monday strongly advised the prime minister to neither amend the blasphemy law nor pardon Aasia Bibi, arguing that the said law containing death penalty for a blasphemer, as interpreted by the Federal Shariat Court, is in consonance with the injunctions of Islam as laid down in Holy Quran and the Sunnah of Holy Prophet (SAW). In a detailed reference, reportedly sent to the prime minister on Monday, the minister also asked for the rejection of Sherry Rehman’s bill seeking amendment in the blasphemy law. He also dispelled the impression that the blasphemy law targets a particular class of society, quoted precedents of several other countries where blasphemy laws do exist, and strongly recommended to the PM, “…the death penalty for blasphemy provided in section 295C of the PPC 1860 is well in accordance with the injunctions of Islam as laid down in the Holy Quran and Sunnah of Holy Prophet (SAW) and NEED NOT BE CHANGED OR AMENDED.” An unsigned copy of the reference as available with The News, which shows that not only the interior ministry had moved the case for pardon of Aasia Bibi, who was convicted of blasphemy by a district court, but another reference was also initiated by the Ministry of Minorities calling for amendment in the blasphemy law. The law minister’s reference shows that behind the scene efforts were afoot not only to amend the blasphemy law but also to seek pardon for Aasia Bibi without letting her appeal to be heard by the superior judiciary.
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He reminded the prime minister that as per the Constitution, Pakistan is an ideological state where the Constitution demands the creation of a society wherein the Muslims shall be enabled to order their lives in the individual and collective spheres in accordance with the teachings and requirements of Islam as set out in the Holy Quran and Sunnah and wherein adequate provision shall be made to safeguard the legitimate interests of minorities and backward and depressed classes. Regarding the pardon for Aasia Bibi as sought by the interior ministry, the law minister said, “The Ministry of Interior is advised to follow the legal course of respecting the principle of re lis-pendens. No action is required by executive authorities as Mst. Aasia Noreen had already sought herself legal remedy under section 410 of the Criminal Procedure Code 1898 by filing an appeal against her conviction…” “So far as the request made to the prime minister by the Ministry of Minorities which is also referred to the Law, Justice & Parliamentary Affairs Division to look into the reforms of blasphemy legislation as a matter of urgency is concerned, it has no substance. Therefore, no action is recommended.” Citing different examples, the law minister also said that some propaganda-driven minds and agenda-driven individuals give a wrong impression that procedural laws in Pakistan do not meet the international standards of human rights or these laws are not recognisable globally. “This impression is totally baseless and ill-founded.”
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Regarding Sherry Rehman’s bill, the law minister wrote, “The present Private Member’s Bill as reported in the press stands verbally withdrawn by the member concerned too……The blasphemy laws as discussed in the preceding paragraphs have already been examined by the Federal Shariat Court under clause (2) of Article 203D. The Federal Shariat Court has already decided that the legislative instrument under question is in accordance with the injunction of Islam and has declared the alternative punishment repugnant to the injunctions of Islam. This decision by virtue of proviso (b) to clause (2) of Article 203D has taken effect already, therefore, in view of the aforesaid resume the Criminal Law (Review of Punishment for Blasphemy) (Amendment) Bill, 2010 moved by Mst Shehrbano Rehman (Sherry Rehman), MNA is liable to be rejected.”
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“Pakistan being a very responsible state was capable of creating such lego-constitutional mechanism of trials, appeals and constitutional and other procedural remedies that even since 1986 till date, reportedly, no execution has taken place under this law so far. This fact is an ample proof alone of safeguards embodied in the entrenched judicial practices in this country.”
REFERENCE: Awan advises against amending blasphemy law, pardoning Aasia By Ansar Abbasi Tuesday, February 08, 2011
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