Pakistan must rid itself of sadistic regime


Originally Published in The Richmond Times-Dispatch

Being the exception is a good thing, right? Maybe not, if you’re Pakistan.

Christians have endured persecution for so long in Pakistan that it may rightly be considered commonplace. Therefore, I had little hope for a pending case against Rimsha Masih — a 14-year-old Christian girl, who is also mentally ill, charged with allegedly burning the Quran.

But to the relief of Rimsha and people around the world, the high court recently cleared her of all charges. The problem of blasphemy, however, remains as Rimsha was exonerated not because Pakistan’s blasphemy laws were deemed unjust but because of Rimsha’s age and mental illness. A competent adult could still be charged under the blasphemy laws. Rimsha’s case, the lawyers argued, was special.

Pakistan, therefore, must pursue the real culprit — the cleric who actually framed this innocent girl. Pakistan must rid itself of these draconian laws. Until it purges itself of this sadistic regime, Rimsha will, sadly, remain the exception.


– Sardar Anees Ahmad. Richmond.

About the author

Sardar Anees Ahmad

Anees is pursuing a JD and has a B.A. in Economics. He publishes in local, national and international periodicals, currently has a monthly column in The Finger Lakes Times, and runs the AAMS-USA science blog. He served as Chairman of the Muslim Writers Guild of America for the 2010-2012 term.

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Sad state of affairs in a country where no one is safe and ” blasphmey law” applies to Ahmadhis especially and other minorities.

By Sardar Anees Ahmad