Nobody will be allowed to misuse blasphemy law: Ashrafi

Chairman Pakistan Ulema Council, Maulana Hafiz Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi says nobody would be allowed to misuse blasphemy law on political grounds.

Addressing a news conference in Lahore, he reacted on the former Minister for Human Rights Dr Shireen Mazari’s letter about misuse of blasphemy law, written to the United Nations special rapporteurs.

He categorically stated that the misuse of blasphemy law would not be permitted on the basis of personal and political grudges against anyone at all costs.

Maulana Tahir Tahir Ashrafi proposed her to raise the issue, if any, at the national fora like court of law, Muttahida Ulema Board and Council of Islamic Ideology keeping in view the sensitivity of the subject as an international drive against the blasphemy law is already in progress.

Lamenting Mazari’s letter, he said it would help provide a platform to the international conspirators for launching propaganda in a bid to weaken the existing law.

The Chairman expressed hope that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leadership and Shireen Mazari would withdraw their letter as it is against the national interest.

He said instead of seeking national institutions assistance, Mazari had launched an international drive against the blasphemy law which is not acceptable in any way.

Maulana Tahir Tahir Ashrafi assured the national and international stakeholders that neither the misuse of blasphemy law occurred in the last two years, nor it would happen in the future and the cases pertaining to blasphemy law would be treated on merit.

Source: Radio Pakistan