'Are the Blasphemy Laws Good For Pakistan?' Tue, 2011-03-29 20:48

A panel of journalists, film-makers and activists discusses Pakistan’s blasphemy law as part of a roundtable discussion hosted by the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy.

Pakistani authorities have charged 647 people with offences under the blasphemy laws between 1986 and 2007, more than half of them Muslims

The event, held at the School of Oriental and African Studies on January 26, 2011, was organised by the Pakistan International Peoples Association (PIPA)

The panellists were: Abdullah Al-Andalusi, the director of The Muslim Debate Initiative; Rubia Dar, a TV producer & film-maker and a founder of PIPA; Hammad Khan, a film-maker whose work has focused on the themes of religion and Pakistani identity; Zachary Latif, an investment banker and a founder of PIPA; Mustafa Qadri, a freelance journalist and Amnesty International’s liaison for Pakistan; Myra Qureshi a management consultant and social activist; and Rabia Zia, representing the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf, the political party founded by Imran Khan.