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Friday, January 04, 2013

Salman Taseer was assassinated for opposing Pakistani blasphemy laws
Arjun Mishra at 12:00 AM ET

On January 4, 2011, Salman Taseer, the governor of Pakistani's Punjab Province, was assassinated by one of his own security guards for his opposition to the country's blasphemy laws. Taseer was a prominent opponent of the laws, which were used to execute a Christian woman in 2010 for insulting the Prophet Muhammad. General Zia-ul-Haq introduced the laws in 1986 in order to protect Pakistan's predominantly Muslim population from insults. International groups have called for the repeal of the laws, and the UN has found that judges are pressured into applying it, but Prime Minister Gilani has stated that the laws will not be amended or repealed.

Coat of arms of Pakistan

Read a discussion by JURIST Special Guest Columnist Saroop Ijaz on blasphemy laws in Pakistan in JURIST Forum.

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