I suppose it’s good news that a committee in the Pakistani Senate has formed a panel to examine that nation’s blasphemy laws, but it’s hard to be optimistic about the results of that examination given the country’s history. Of course, the idea that there is a human rights committee in Pakistan is almost Orwellian in and of itself:
The Senate Standing Committee on Human Rights on Thursday formed a sub-committee to look into the blasphemy law and into establishing a separate human rights division to bring human rights violations into the limelight.
Chairing the committee meeting, Senator Afrasiab Khattak announced that the sub-committee would be headed by Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed while former Human Rights secretary Shaigan Malik and a representative of the Ministry of Defence would be its members.
Bear in mind that in 2011, Salman Taseer, the governor of the Punjab province, was assassinated by a member of his own security detail for advocating an end to the nation’s blasphemy laws and the release of Aasia Bibi, a Christian women imprisoned for that “crime.” For the Muslim reactionaries, who exist in larger number in Pakistan, it is blasphemy merely to think that blasphemy should not be a crime and those who commit should not be killed.