Blasphemy law not to be amended, says PM

Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani categorically said on Monday that government had no plans to amend blasphemy law.

“Neither we had thought of it nor we are going to do it,” the Premier said while addressing a gathering of people after inaugurating the sub campuses of Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) and Bahauddin Zakariya University (BZU) at the AIOU office here.

PM said that those who were saying that a committee had been formed to amend the blasphemy law were wrong, adding, no such committee was formed.

However, a committee at the party level was formed to discuss proposed legislations moved by the MNAs and this committee had rejected amendment in the blasphemy law, he added.

The prime minister said, “I cannot think of amendment in blasphemy law.”

Gilani, however, said, “We believe that no law should be misused.” He said that those airing rumours of amendment in blasphemy were merely wasting their time and instead they should come together to help overcome challenges confronting the country including unemployment, terrorism, extremism, sectarianism and work for strengthening institutions and rule of law.

He said that the present government had buried the politics of vengeance and laid the foundation of the “politics of reconciliation”.

“However, those who think the politics of reconciliation were some sort of weakness were wrong”, Prime Minister said.

He added that by virtue of politics of reconciliation the government registered landmark achievements, which, even a party having strong majority could not have accomplished. He mentioned the passage of 18th amendment bill, 19th amendment bill, autonomy to provinces, National Finance Commission (NFC) Award, and empowerment of women as some of the major achievements.

He also said that this government appointed women as governor of Gilgit-Baltistan, Speaker of National Assembly and minister of state of economic affairs.