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Blasphemy is allowed in Pakistan — If you are Chinese

“Blasphemy is allowed in Pakistan — If you are Chinese”, bitterwinter.org, May 9, 2023:

“Pakistan has a set of laws, collectively known as the “blasphemy law,” punishing blasphemy against Islam with the death penalty. The notion of blasphemy is interpreted extensively, and many cases are fabricated by Muslim extremists. Christians, Hindus, and members of other minorities accused of blasphemy languish in jail for years, unless they are lynched by angry mobs. Some, such as Asia Bibi, are liberated only thanks to international mobilization.

Yet, it seems it is possible to be accused of blasphemy in Pakistan, arrested, and released after a few days on a $700 bail. It is possible if you are Chinese, that is.

The China Gezhouba Group Company is building the Dasu hydropower project in the Kohistan district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. On April 15, the Chinese head of heavy transport at the project, complained that Pakistani workers were spending too much time in prayers during Ramadan. According to the workers, he screamed at them and included derogatory remarks against God and Prophet Muhammad….”

Read the full article at bitterwinter.org

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