Under death threat, Pakistani lawmaker backs away from bid to amend blasphemy law
Catholic World News - February 03, 2011
A Pakistani legislator has withdrawn a proposal to amend the country’s blasphemy law, after being the subject of death threats.
Sherry Rehman had suggested eliminating the death penalty for blasphemy, and said that accused parties should be given an opportunity to plead their innocence. Her proposal drew the outrage of Islamic leaders, who issued a fatwa against her. Rehman has now agreed to withdraw her proposal. Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani says that no amendments to the blasphemy law will be entertained.
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