Let’s update ourselves on Blasphemy Law: its history in Brief.
This Blasphemy law was introduced earlier in 1927 during the British Raj to thwart any communal riots between Hindus-Muslims and Sikhs, which also formed part of Pakistan penal code section 295 and 295A which says:
PPC 295 Injuring or defiling places of worship, with intent to insult the religion of any class Up to two years’ imprisonment or with fine, or with both
PPC 295A Deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs—-Up to ten years’ imprisonment, or with fine, or with both
General Ziaul Haq the chieftain of all the Mullahs inserted new sections by formulating new ordinance called as 1986 ordinance which is as follows:
PPC 295B Defiling, etc., of Holy Quran—-Imprisonment for life
PPC 295C Use of derogatory remarks, etc; in respect of the Holy Prophet—Death* and fine
But it did not satisfy the Mullahs and General Ziaul Haq the chieftain of all the Mullahs amended and formulated yet another ordinance called Ahmadi specific law which is as follows:
PPC 298A Use of derogatory remarks etc., in respect of holy personages—Three years’ imprisonment, or with fine, or with both
PPC 298B Misuse of epithets, descriptions and titles etc., reserved for certain holy personages or places, by Ahmadis—Three years’ imprisonment and fine
But it was extended specifically for Ahmadies and marked as 298C:
PPC 298C An Ahmadi, calling himself a Muslim, or preaching or propagating his faith, or outraging the religious feelings of Muslims, or posing himself as a Muslim—-Three years’ imprisonment and fine
Ahmadies were already declared as Non-Muslims under the Second amendment of constitution of 1974 which says:
CONSTITUTION (SECOND AMENDMENT) ACT, 1974
An Act to amend the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan [Gazette of Pakistan, Extraordinary, Part I, 21st September, 1974]
The following Act of Parliament received the assent of the President on 17th September,1974, and is hereby published for general information:-
Whereas it is expedient further to amend the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan for the purposes hereinafter appearing ;
It is hereby enacted as follows:-
1- Short title and commencement.
(1) This Act may be called the CONSTITUTION (SECOND AMENDMENT) ACT, 1974
(2) It shall come into force at once.
2- Amendment of Article 106 of the Constitution.
In the Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, hereinafter referred to as the Constitution in Article 106, in clause (3) after the words “communities” the words and brackets “and persons of Quadiani group or the Lahori group (who call themselves ‘Ahmadis’)” shall be inserted.
3- Amendment of Article 260 of the Constitution.
In the Constitution, in Article 260, after clause (2) the following new clause shall be added, namely–
(3) A person who does not believe in the absolute and unqualified finality of The Prophet hood of MUHAMMAD (Peace be upon him), the last of the Prophets or claims to be a Prophet, in any sense of the word or of any description whatsoever, after MUHAMMAD (Peace be upon him), or recognizes such a claimant as a Prophet or religious reformer, is not a Muslim for the purposes of the Constitution or law.
* Death penalty was inserted by Nawaz Sharif; yet another candidate of would be called “ Ameerul Momineen”
Please read the article for further details,
Engineering of a Doctrine in quest for Power to Rule
Link ref: http://www.pakspectator.com/engineering-of-a-doctrine-in-quest-for-power-to-rule/