Saturday, January 19, 2013

Pakistan's Ambassador To U.S. Faces Blasphemy Investigation At Home

According to reports this week from the Pakistan News Service and from Dawn, a two-judge panel of Pakistan's Supreme Court has ordered the Multan City Police Officer to investigate a complaint that Pakistan's ambassador to the United States, Sherry Rehman, committed blasphemy in November 2010 in an interview on a talk show on a private TV channel.  Presumably the interview related to Rehman's attempt at that time to get the National Assembly to eliminate the death penalty for blasphemy. Lower courts had refused to register a case against Rehman. According to NBC News, the complaint against Rehman was filed by Muhammad Faheem Ahkter Gill, a 31-year-old owner of a marble business in the city of Multa who said he felt it was his responsibility to do something about the remarks by Rehman which he felt were derogatory to the Prophet Muhammad.