January 5, 2011 |
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.
December 27, 2010 |
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.
October 15, 2009 |
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.
November 24, 2006 |
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.
August 10, 2000 |
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.
February 19, 1999 |
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.