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Pakistan: Insufficient protection of religious minorities

, Index number: ASA 33/008/2001

This paper gives an overview of abuses of the blasphemy law since October 1999, and the background against which the abuses occur; including a description of the government's stance towards the Islamist groups, the interwoven nature of domestic and foreign policy objectives, and the continuing easy access to arms. It also looks at specific initiatives of the government since the military takeover in October 1999 and ends with a set of recommendations to the Government of Pakistan. An outline of the blasphemy laws of Pakistan is given in Appendix I.

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