Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Pakistani Muslim Lawmakers May Have Ripped Up Quran Verses

Last week Religion Clause reported that in Pakistan members of the Muslim alliance known as MMA tore up copies of the government's proposed Protection of Women's Rights Bill. Now, according to yesterday's Asia News, Ashfaq Chaudhry, head of the Islamabad’s chapter of the Pakistan People’s Movement, has charged those Parliamentarians with blasphemy. Apparently the text of the Bill that they tore up contained quotations from the Quran. Section 295-B of Pakistan’s Penal Code provides for life in prison for desecrating the Quran. MMA President Qazi Hussain Ahmed however argues that the draft bill did not contain Quran verses.