New York: Pakistani PM Abbasi washes hands off deadly blasphemy law

Posted In: News Date:Sep 22nd, 2017

Islamabad [Pakistan], September 21 : Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has washed his hands off the blasphemy law, saying it is on the parliament to change or amend it.

When asked by a Human Rights Watch official, at the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly, if he would speak out against it, he said, "It's only up to the parliament to amend or change the laws."

"Asked to take moral stand against "blasphemy" executions, Pakistan PM opts for cowardice, says it's up to parliament," HRW Executive Director Kenneth Roth tweeted.

Recently, a court in Pakistan's Punjab province had sentenced death to Nadeem James, a 35-year-old Christian, for sending a poem to a friend that was deemed insulting to Islam.

However, James denied ever having sent the message.

James isn't the only person in Pakistan condemned to death over a post on social media.