Pakistan’s blasphemy laws are infamous for their harshness and for their misuse. Their controversial use against individuals on political grounds is also driving members of minority communities to leave the country
A 37-year-old Christian garment factory worker, Asif Pervaiz, who was recently sentenced to death in a blasphemy case. His former supervisor accused him of sending “blasphemous messages” by phone
Under the new bill, civilian courts can hand out the death penalty on a wide variety of cases. Military courts will no longer require a unanimous verdict in such cases.
Israa al-Ghomgham was arrested in December 2015 on charges of provoking anti-government protests and rebelling against a ruler. The verdict in her trial will be announced in October