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Pakistani court recommends review of blasphemy Law

ISLAMABAD — A court is recommending a review of Pakistan’s controversial blasphemy law to prevent people from being falsely accused of crimes punishable by death.

Islamabad High Court Judge Shaukat Aziz Siddiqi who called for the review last Friday in a ruling relating a matter where some people drag their rivals into blasphemy cases by leveling false accusations, endangering the life of both the accused and his family members.

The ruling notes that some critics are demanding the law be abolished but Siddiqi argues that it’s better to stop the law’s exploitation rather than getting rid of it.

The ruling recommends parliament amend the law to require the same punishment — the death penalty — for those who falsely allege blasphemy as for those who actually commit blashemy.

Source: The Associated Press

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