Pakistan's Punjab province legislation passes bill against blasphemy to protect Islamic beliefs

    24-Jul-2020
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The lawmakers of Punjab Legislative Assembly have passed a bill that aims to protect Islam and prohibit blasphemy against the Prophet Muhammad.
 
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According to the report, the Provincial Assembly on July 22 passed the Punjab Tahaffuz-e-Bunyad-e-Islam (Protection of Foundation of Islam) Bill 2020 under which the printing and publication of objectionable material are prohibited.
 
The new law made it mandatory that "the blessed name of Prophet Muhammad" shall be preceded by the title Khatam-an-Nabiyyin (the last Prophet of God) followed by "Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam" (peace be upon him) in Arabic text.
 
A member of the opposition Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party last week tabled a resolution in the Punjab Assembly calling for a ban on trimming beards into fashionable styles and seeking a crackdown on barbers "for acting against the prophet's traditions."
 
Recently, on July 13, 2020, Advocate Qamar Riaz filed a complaint against the Member of National Assembly (MNA) Asif, for saying 'all religions are equal'.
 
"His words are against the teachings of the Holy Quran and Sunnah, and are tantamount to blasphemy against Islam," he alleged in his complaint.
 
"This is a grave crime according to the Shariah, in which he (Asif) has declared Muslims and infidels (Qafirs) equal," the Riaz added.
 
According to Riaz, who quoted some verses from the Holy Quran, said Asif's statement disrespected the holy book and demanded that he be tried for blaspheming against Islam.
 
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