#10 Extremism and Freedom of Belief in Pakistan

The whole Western world rejoiced when Asia Bibi, after eight years in prison, finally was released and acquitted of her death sentence for blasphemy in Pakistan in 2018. However, inside Pakistan, extremists responded by turning the country upside down, threatening judges, the government and Bibi’s family, causing the Pakistani government to give in to the extremists’ demand to allow an appeal of the acquittal.

What will happen from here? Will newly elected Prime Minister Imran Khan lead Pakistan into a new era, with more tolerance and freedom of religion, or is his hands tied by the extremists’ violence and threats?

In cooperation with the Stefanus Alliance.

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