Pakistani lawmaker faces blasphemy charge for seeking to amend law
February 17, 2011
A Pakistani lawmaker who has worked to amend the country's blasphemy law has herself been charged with blasphemy.
Sherry Rehman, a member of the Pakistani People's Party, was formally denounced for making a speech in November 2010 in which she called for reform of the law that makes such denunciations possible. Christians in Pakistan view the charge against Rehman as particularly dangerous, because it would suggest that anyone who opposes the blasphemy law might face criminal charges.
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