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Pakistan: 89 killed over blasphemy since 1947

The report also stated that the “actual number is believed to be higher because not all blasphemy cases get reported in the press.”

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Islamabad: At least 89 Pakistani citizens have been killed in relation to 1,415 accusations and cases of blasphemy in the country since 1947.

On Tuesday, the Centre for Research and Security Studies (CRSS), a think-tank, in a report stated that from 1947 to 2021, 18 women and 71 men were extra-judicially killed over blasphemy accusations. The allegations were made against 107 women and 1,308 men, reports Dawn.

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The report also stated that the “actual number is believed to be higher because not all blasphemy cases get reported in the press.”

The data showed that 55 cases were filed in the Islamabad Capital Territory, which was more than the cases of blasphemy in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Pakistan Occupied Kashmir put together. 1,098 cases were reported from Punjab followed by 177 from Sindh, 33 from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 12 from Balochistan and 11 from PoK.

According to the Dawn report, the debate on Pakistan’s blasphemy laws and their socio-political consequences ranges from the argument “people disrespecting Islam should be punished” to “people are falsely accused to settle personal scores”. 

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