9 October 2018
Pakistan’s blasphemy laws prescribe harsh sentences for ‘defiling’ the Quran and insulting the prophet Muhammed. The laws also forbid Ahmadis from calling themselves Muslim. The laws discriminate and stifle religious minorities but threaten majority Muslims as well due to widespread misuse. In this paper Peter van Dalen and Tomasz Poręba offer their proposals for reform of the blasphemy laws.