It is a lie to declare blasphemy law as non-discriminatory: Farhatullah Babar

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ISLAMABAD: (Christian Times) – Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Farhatullah Babar has recommended that the government of Pakistan must declare before United Nations in the upcoming review meeting that it would do away with forced abductions completely by the end of this year.

In an interview, Babar said that the last meeting of the UNPR was held during PPP tenure and the then government had agreed to declare forced abductions as a crime but the recent report submitted by foreign minister Khawaja Asif doesn’t even mention this issue.

He told that the member countries will submit their reports pertaining to human rights situation in the review meeting and will also explain the measure that they took to fulfill the promises that they had made in the previous meeting to improve the human rights situation. Babar told that Pakistan’s 14-member delegation headed by Khawaja Asif will go to Switzerland to attend UN’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) meeting. The national report will be submitted during the meeting. For the first time, the delegation will also include Pakistan’s recently formed National Commission for Human Rights (NHCR) and other independent organisations for human rights.

The PPP leader said that forging the reports today was more difficult today than in the past but warned that the government must remember that these problems might negatively affect Pakistan’s trade with some of the European countries.

He said that claiming that Pakistan’s blasphemy laws were non-discriminatory or that no one was ever handed sentence under these laws was a clear misrepresentation of the facts. “We must honestly accept that a just implementation of the blasphemy laws was a challenge and that the state was working towards achieving this goal.