As an American of Pakistani origin I sympathize with the Christian community in Pakistan. During the 1980s military General Zia enacted harsh clauses to Pakistan's already harsh blasphemy law in an effort to further “Islamicise” the nation. Nearly 1000 cases of blasphemy have been lodged since 1988. In 2010 a private bill was introduced to amend the blasphemy law but was withdrawn in 2011 under pressure from religious groups. Instead, two prominent leaders in Pakistan were assassinated in 2011 for speaking out against these laws.
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