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Khanpur, Pakistan

Members of a Pakistani parliamentary committee believe it's necessary to prevent the misuse of the blasphemy law. On November 23rd, Senator Nasreen Jalil, the chairwoman of the Senate Functional Committee on Human Rights, announced that innocent people have suffered and been wrongly accused of blasphemy. Therefore, the committee is looking to reconsider procedural changes to prevent misuse in the future.

In response, the Ministry of Interior wrote that a thorough consultation process should take place involving stakeholders from provincial governments; the ministries of religious affairs, information, and law and justice; the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII); and other councils and law enforcement agencies. Furthermore, the committee highlighted that previous CII reports had suggested punishment for false accusers under section 295-C.

The committee decided to prepare a brief, based on recommendations from the Ministry of Religious Affairs, the CII, and a recent Islamabad High Court judgement pertaining to a blasphemy case. The National Commission of Human Rights proposed that no police officer below the rank of superintendent should be investigating offences under section 295-C. The Ministry of Religious Affairs supported the committee, stating that while substantial amendments to the law are not allowed, procedural amendments and any preventing the law's misuse are to be further reviewed.

This report provides additional information on the existing blasphemy law and the life-threatening risks it poses to believers in Pakistan.

Ask the Lord to grant wisdom to the members of the parliamentary committee, various councils and law enforcement agencies as they review the blasphemy law and deliberate the necessary amendments. Also pray for the divine protection of all who are advocating for the procedural changes to ensure the law can no longer be abused. Please uphold imprisoned Christians such as Asia Bibi, and other innocent citizens, who are serving time in prison due to such accusations. May God personally work on their behalf -- providing them vindication and deliverance -- while revealing His truth, love and saving grace to their accusers and others in Pakistan who need His salvation.

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Country Information

Population
238,181,034 (July 2021 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Punjabi (44.7), Pashtun [Pathan] (15.4), Sindhi (14.1), Saraiki (8.4) Muhajirs (7.6) Balochi (3.6), Other (6.3)

Religion (%)
Islam (96.5), Other - Christian and Hindu (3.5)

Leader
President Arif Alvi (2018)

Government type
Federal parliamentary republic

Legal system
Common law system with Islamic law influence

Source: CIA World Factbook

Pray for Pakistan

Pray that amendments will be made to Pakistan's existing blasphemy laws so that the country's citizens – including its children – will be protected from injustice and abuse. May our Lord's mercy and justice prevail, not only in the judiciary system but also in the hearts of the country's militants. Ask Him to transform their "hearts of stone" into hearts that are receptive to His love, mercy and the workings of His Holy Spirit – not only for the purpose of protecting the Christian minority but also for the salvation of their own eternal souls.

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