06 December 2010

Pakistani court blocks government drive to relax blasphemy laws

A Pakistani court on Monday temporarily blocked government-proposed amendments to relax blasphemy laws, amid renewed protests from rights activists and religious minorities.

Islamabad has been trying pass a bill to ease the country's controversial, but seldom fully enforced, blasphemy laws, which allow the death penalty for derogatory remarks about the Prophet Mohammed or Koran. [Monsters and Critics.com] Read more [via National Secular Society]