Islamic cleric says former Pakistani minister’s letter to UN on blasphemy invites ‘foreign intervention’


At the press conference, when all legal forums for solving such issues in the country were available, Ashrafi said why she implicated the international regulator in the matter, News International reported

He further said that if Mazari was not comfortable with the national institutions such as the judiciary, the Islamic Ideology Council and the Muttahida Ulema Board (MUB) Punjab, she could have turned to the Organization for Islamic Cooperation instead of the UN, says the report.

Ashrafi expressed his fear that Mazari’s letter would help those who opposed this law from day one and were using any means to abolish or weaken it. He added that getting out of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) gray list could also pose serious problems for Pakistan.

The cleric also said he had appealed to the Punjab Home Secretary, the Inspector General of Police, the Home Secretary and the Federal Investigative Agency to refer all blasphemous cases to the Ulema Board to rule on their maintenance without discrimination.

In a recent study on the blasphemy problem in Pakistan, a local think tank, the Center for Research and Security Studies, revealed that from 1947 to 2021, as many as 89 people were extrajudicially killed over blasphemy allegations in the country. (ANI)


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