The price of blasphemy in Pakistan | Psycholitics & Psychonomics |
Critics say controversial laws are ripe for misuse and abuse, with accusations often stemming from personal disputes.


'"You may belong to any religion, caste or creed that has nothing to do with the business of the state. In due course of time, Hindus will cease to be Hindus and Muslims will cease to be Muslims – not in a religious sense for that is the personal faith of an individual – but in a political sense as citizens of one state," declared Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Pakistan's founder, in his first address to the Constituent Assembly of Pakistan on August 11, 1947.


But more than 65 years on, Pakistan is again generating headlines because of its controversial anti-blasphemy laws that some analysts say are far removed from the founder's vision of the state.'