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May 8, 1998 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Thousands of mourners Thursday demanded repeal of a law that bans blasphemy against Islam, one day after a Roman Catholic bishop killed himself to protest a death sentence against a Christian convicted under the law. Bishop John Joseph, 65, shot himself in the head Wednesday at the courthouse in Punjab province where fellow Catholic Ayub Masih was tried and sentenced to death April 27. "We should not call it suicide," Lahore Archbishop Emmanuel Yousuf Mani said.
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August 27, 2011 | By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
Gunmen on Friday kidnapped the son of a liberal provincial governor assassinated this year in retaliation for his opposition to Pakistan's blasphemy law. The abduction of Salman Taseer's son Shahbaz in the eastern city of Lahore raised concern that Islamic extremists were intent on targeting members of the Taseer family, some of whom have continued to speak out against intolerance in Pakistani society after the Punjab province governor's slaying...
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May 10, 1998 | Reuters
Hundreds mourning a bishop who killed himself in protest of Pakistan's blasphemy laws packed Faisalabad's cathedral on Saturday and demanded the release of another man arrested under those laws. An uneasy calm prevailed ahead of today's funeral of Roman Catholic Bishop John Joseph, who shot himself Wednesday to protest a death sentence for Ayub Masih, who was convicted of defaming the prophet Muhammad.
WORLD
January 5, 2011 | By Nasir Khan and Laura King, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The brazen assassination Tuesday of a popular and progressive Pakistani governor allied with the nation's president threw an already teetering U.S.-backed government into even greater turmoil. Salman Taseer, the governor of Punjab province and an avowed opponent of religious extremism, was shot to death at an open-air shopping center in Islamabad that is frequented by foreigners and the Pakistani elite. The gunman was a member of the governor's own elite police security contingent, officials said.
NEWS
July 2, 1988 | MARK FINEMAN, Times Staff Writer
From an office no bigger than a walk-in closet, sociologist Farida Shaheed monitors the struggle for women's equality in this overwhelmingly Muslim country that has been somewhat inconsistent in its adherence to the laws of Islam. One measure of the struggle's ups and downs is the position of the mandatory veil, or chador, as worn by female newscasters on government television, Shaheed said the other day.
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August 10, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Pakistani military ruler Gen. Pervez Musharraf issued a decree that seemed to bar ex-Prime Ministers Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif from holding party offices because of court convictions. Proclaimed in the name of figurehead President Mohammed Rafiq Tarar, it said any person disqualified from being a parliament member or convicted of a criminal offense involving moral turpitude or under the Anti-Terrorism Act could not be an officeholder.
NEWS
July 21, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Senate passed a constitutional amendment allowing the Pakistani government to suspend the Supreme Court and establish special courts allowing only one appeal in "terrorist affected areas." Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said the government "wants to deal with terrorists and miscreants with an iron hand." The amendment was approved by the lower house of Parliament, where outraged opposition lawmakers stormed out, saying the government banned debate and steamrollered the bill through.
NEWS
July 3, 1988
About 400 Pakistani women demonstrated in Lahore against their country's implementation of Islamic law last month. The protesters fear that the new code will negate many rights of women, including laws enacted in 1961 that gave them the right to file for divorce. Witnesses said many of the women at the protest waved the flag of Pakistan's leading opposition party, the Pakistan People's Party, headed by Benazir Bhutto.
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February 19, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Two Pakistani lovers who married in secret against the wishes of the woman's influential family were cleared of charges filed when they tried to flee the country. While preparing to board a plane to the United States last month, Humeira Butt and husband Mahmood, a U.S.-based Pakistani businessman, were arrested in Karachi. She was charged with adultery, and he was charged with kidnapping.
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April 25, 1994 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Pakistan's small Christian minority has been plunged into fear and uncertainty by the shooting ambush of three members charged with defaming Islam and by the government's reluctance to repeal a law punishing anti-Muslim blasphemy with death. "The Christians are afraid. There's a great sense of insecurity," Bishop Samuel Azariah of the United Church of Pakistan said in a weekend telephone interview.
OPINION
January 5, 2011 | By Saroop Ijaz
In June 2009 in Punjab, Pakistan, Asia Bibi, a mother of five and a farmhand, was asked to fetch water. She complied, but some of her Muslim co-workers refused to drink the water, as Bibi is a Christian and considered "unclean" by them. Arguments ensued, resulting in some co-workers complaining to a local cleric's wife that Bibi had made derogatory comments about the prophet Muhammad. A mob reportedly stormed her house, assaulting Bibi and her family. However, the police initiated an investigation of Bibi, not her attackers.
WORLD
December 27, 2010 | By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
Muslim cleric Muhammad Salim isn't worried that a court or Pakistan's president might spare a Christian woman from this village who has been sentenced to death on blasphemy charges. After all, if Asia Bibi, a mother of two, escapes the hangman's noose, he's confident someone else will kill her. "Any Muslim, if given the chance, would kill such a person," Salim said calmly, seated cross-legged on a straw mat at a mosque here. "You would be rewarded in heaven for it. " Salim isn't the only one calling for vigilante justice.
WORLD
October 15, 2009 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
Gunmen attacked a federal law enforcement building in Lahore and a police academy on the outskirts of the city. Two people were killed at the Federal Investigation Agency, which deals with matters such as immigration and terrorism. Police said one wore a jacket laden with explosives. On the city outskirts, the Manawan Police Academy was attacked for the second time this year.
WORLD
November 24, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Pakistan's Senate overcame opposition from hard-line Muslim lawmakers and voted Thursday to amend its rape law to make prosecution of sexual assault cases easier. Rights activists have been critical of the rape law for punishing victims instead of protecting them, and for providing legal safeguards for their attackers. The Protection of Women Bill comes amid efforts by Islamabad to soften the country's hard-line Islamic image.
NEWS
August 10, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Pakistani military ruler Gen. Pervez Musharraf issued a decree that seemed to bar ex-Prime Ministers Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif from holding party offices because of court convictions. Proclaimed in the name of figurehead President Mohammed Rafiq Tarar, it said any person disqualified from being a parliament member or convicted of a criminal offense involving moral turpitude or under the Anti-Terrorism Act could not be an officeholder.
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February 19, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Two Pakistani lovers who married in secret against the wishes of the woman's influential family were cleared of charges filed when they tried to flee the country. While preparing to board a plane to the United States last month, Humeira Butt and husband Mahmood, a U.S.-based Pakistani businessman, were arrested in Karachi. She was charged with adultery, and he was charged with kidnapping.
NEWS
September 11, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
A Pakistani court has for the first time sentenced a Muslim to death for blasphemy. Ghulam Akbar Khan, a member of Pakistan's Shiite Muslim minority, was convicted of taking the name of Islam's prophet Muhammad in vain during a scuffle with a rival Sunni Muslim in 1995. He can appeal the death sentence to a higher court. The blasphemy law, introduced in 1986, allows the death penalty for anyone who profanes Muhammad or Islam.
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June 27, 1988 | Associated Press
Police Sunday used sticks to break up a march by women protesting a decree that made Islam the supreme law of Pakistan, a witness said. The witness said that in the eastern city of Lahore, police confronted about 150 women demonstrating against the law, which President Zia ul-Haq put into effect June 15. The witness, speaking on condition of anonymity, said police lashed out with batons.
NEWS
September 11, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
A Pakistani court has for the first time sentenced a Muslim to death for blasphemy. Ghulam Akbar Khan, a member of Pakistan's Shiite Muslim minority, was convicted of taking the name of Islam's prophet Muhammad in vain during a scuffle with a rival Sunni Muslim in 1995. He can appeal the death sentence to a higher court. The blasphemy law, introduced in 1986, allows the death penalty for anyone who profanes Muhammad or Islam.
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