According to the Pakistani constitution the blasphemy laws are in place to protect Islamic authority. But who are we kidding ever since the induction of these laws who has this law protected?? Instead it has been used as a weapon to take revenge and fulfill hateful greed. It has suffocated the essence of freedom of speech creating an environment of fear and restlessness. There is a constant threat when non-Muslims are around Muslims that anything could trigger an incident that could lead to being accused of blasphemy. Christian children are told to be mindful of everything they say around their Muslim friends every day. There are so many examples that can be pulled out of daily lives of minorities in Pakistan which can prove how exposed their lives are to the threats of draconian laws like the blasphemy laws that sanction death or life imprisonment to anyone who as little as gestures or creates a sound that hurts the feelings of a Muslim.
A Pakistani Christian man had been sentenced to death for blasphemy, in a case which sparked fierce rioting in the eastern city of Lahore in March, 2013. Sawan Masih was convicted of using derogatory remarks against the Prophet Mohammed in a row with a Muslim friend. Hundreds of Muslims attacked the city’s Christian Joseph colony, torching homes, when the allegations surfaced. Sawan Masih’s lawyer said a judge announced the verdict during a hearing at the jail where the trial had been held, amid fears for his client’s safety if he attended court. The 26-year-old Masih, who was a father of three, had consistently maintained his innocence during the year-long trial. He argued the real reason for the blasphemy allegation was a property dispute between him and his friend. His father, Chapman Masih, said: “My son is innocent… we are not being treated fairly”, the BBC’s Shumaila Jaffrey in Lahore reports. The rioting that followed the incident lasted days and saw about 3,000 Muslims attack the Christian neighborhood, starting fires. Two churches and dozens of Bibles were also desecrated in the attack A de facto moratorium on the death penalty meant that he was unlikely to face the gallows any time soon. Since the 1990s, scores of Christians have been convicted for desecrating the Koran or blaspheming against the Prophet Mohammed. While most of them have been sentenced to death by the lower courts, many sentences have been overturned due to lack of evidence.