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The mob set fire to the houses over rumors that one of the residents had blasphemed.
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I spoke to a Pakistani friend on Skype recently. I told him that while 90% Indians are fools, 95% Pakistanis are fools. The 5% extra marks I gave to Pakistanis are because Pakistan declared itself an...
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Section 295(a) allows the government to dictate expression of religious identity according to what a populist or powerful element defines as hurtful – it is, in essence, a blasphemy law. It legitimizes traditionalist and conservative voices in the name of authenticity, and presents a threat to freedom of religion and the right to examine the claims of the faithful.
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The answer is, it depends. It depends on when you run into the average Pakistani male. Pakistan is "I-don't-care" Islamic when he is drooling over Katrina Kaif's "assets" at the movies. Conversely, Pakistan is full-on Islamic when the same gent is at Friday prayers, nodding solemnly in agreement with the imam spewing religious hate speech.
Terrorists, and all those who support them in the name of one specific religion, can still redeem themselves from their current and past sins by fostering, nursing and showing the same respect for other religions that they demand for their religion.