NA proposes safeguards in Blasphemy Law

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PPP members stage walk out against missing persons

Zahid Chaudhary

Islamabad

The National Assembly on Tuesday passed a unanimous resolutions denouncing the incident of lunching of Mashal Khan at Mardan University and provincial governments to take strict action against the perpetrators and facilitators of the horrific incident.
The resolution called for effective measures to ensure that the blasphemy law is not misused, including the imposition of “strong safeguards” into the blasphemy law “to prevent its abuse through such atrocities in the future including by mobs involved in such crimes”, read the resolution.
Lawmakers also demanded that the federal and provincial governments take strict action against the perpetrators and facilitators of the lynching, including those propagating hate speeches.
“This House condemns all those who take the law into their own hands and engage in vigilantism, resulting in loss of innocent human lives,” the resolution read.
Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly (NA) Khursheed Shah asked lawmakers to present a united front against the “barbaric” lynching of Mashal Khan
Shah, prior to the tabling of the resolution, criticized the government’s ‘failure’, noting that members of the federal government were not ready to issue statements in the Mashal Khan case.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s condemnation of the lynching had come two days after the horrific incident. “The parliament should stand united and present a unanimous front against a barbaric act like this,” Shah asserted. “It is the government and the opposition’s responsibility to be united in the effort to save the country.” Other members also denounced the incident, demanding strict action against the perpetrators.
Pakistan peoples party’s parliamentarian taged walkout from the National Assembly for the sixth day Tuesday in protest against failure of the government to respond to the disappearance of close aides of Asif Ali Zardari.
Speaking on a point of order the opposition leader Syed Khursheed Shah said there was no government in the country while problems are piling up.
He said the government did not inform them about the arrest of three close aides of former President Asif Ali Zardari even today and in protest they are staging a walk out from the house.