Lahore [Pakistan]May 15 (ANI): Allegations of blasphemy have continued in Pakistan amid the Covid-19 outbreak in the country and around the world.

According to Pakistan Today, the latest accusation came at Sialkot, where a football maker was accused of blasphemy because of the ball design, which by members of the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) was considered insulting to Islam.

“Indeed, TLP has become a prominent face as far as blasphemy allegations are considered. Over the past three years, they have succeeded in choking the federal capital of Islamabad, and the Punjab capital of Lahore, over their angry sentiments. They have even rallied against the Ahmadiyah community and condemned the release of Asia Bibi in 2018 “, the daily said.

On Friday, TLP cooperated with Sunni Tehreek, to protest in numbers in Sialkot, against what they interpreted as blasphemy on the part of football makers. This completely opposes the lockdown that is enforced nationally.

Instead of punishing Islamic gangs for completely throwing social distance, the local police registered a case of defamation of soccer makers under Section 295-C of the Pakistan Penal Code.

Section 295-C mandates the death penalty for defamation of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

This happened more than two weeks after the defamation case was registered against the singer Sindhi Zamin Ali in the city of Kotri in the Jamshoro district. A local shopkeeper Muhammad Ibrahim Mashwani filed a case against Zamin Ali after watching one of his videos on Facebook, with the lyrics of the song angering Mashwani.

The blasphemy law has been criticized by global rights groups, including many Muslim activists, defending Pakistan’s blasphemy law to persecute religious minorities and dissidents.

“The Pakistani government must revoke Sections 295 and 298 of criminal law, which includes blasphemy laws and laws that discriminate against the Ahmadiyya religious community. The government must also immediately and appropriately sue those responsible for planning and carrying out attacks against religious minorities,” said Human Rights Watch about Pakistan’s blasphemy law.

Critics also argue that the blasphemy law of Pakistan which requires the death penalty and specifically for one religion has only strengthened the Islamists. That means that often the accusations of blasphemy are sufficient to pressure the judiciary to rule with the support of Islamists.

As the world contemplates post-coronavirus changes, human rights groups believe that Pakistan will be advised to cancel its sacredness to Islamists. However, many argue that it was during this pandemic that Pakistan showed an unparalleled level of capitulation. (ANI)


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