Yet another reason for getting these similar blasphemy laws stricken from our own penal codes.
“I’m now in a position something like Salman Rushdie,” said Mr. Taseer, referring to the novelist who has had to live in hiding since a 1989 edict condemned him to death. “They have called for my assassination.”
Islamic Group Calls for Death of Son of Murdered Pakistani Politician After He Criticized Blasphemy Law
Shaan Taseer was condemned after recording Christmas message that was critical of the country’s law
Shaan Taseer, the son of a prominent Pakistani politician assassinated over blasphemy allegations, is himself now the target of a police case and a fatwa calling for his killing after he recorded a Christmas message criticizing the country’s blasphemy law.
Mr. Taseer, a human-rights activist, was condemned in the religious edict by an Islamic group from the country’s mainstream religious tradition, after he recorded the message for Pakistan’s Christian minority.
In the video message, he called the country’s blasphemy law “inhumane” and expressed sympathy for Asia Bibi, a Christian woman sentenced to death by Pakistan’s courts on blasphemy charges.