The SC's concern is the misuse of Section 295A of IPC, which provides up to three years’ jail term for 'hurting religious sentiments'.The SC’s interpretation should protect individuals and public figures that have often been at the receiving end of cases filed by so called cause chasers.Unwitting, careless ‘insults’ to religion must not be prosecuted: SC Unwitting, careless ‘insults’ .Very often Christian preachers are charged under 295 A of IPC and arrested without bail.
BY ZAFAR AGHA ON 20/04/2017 •
Never have we resembled Pakistan as much as we have begun to in the last few years.Pakistan’s journey of blatantly mixing sharia-based Islam with politics began way back in the year 1977 when then Army Chief General Zia-ul-Haq first deposed Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto in an army coup and imposed martial law in the country. One fine morning after Zia took charge of the country, a lady news anchor appeared on the official Pakistan TV channel with a hijab. She signed off the news bulletin with ‘Allah hafiz‘ instead of customary ‘Khuda hafiz,’ which was till then in vogue among Muslims of the Indian sub-continent as a phrase to say goodbye.
The National Green Tribunal on Thursday slammed the Art of Living over its founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar blaming the Centre and the green panel for damage to the Yamuna floodplains, terming it as “shocking”.“You have no sense of responsibility. Who gave you liberty to speak whatever you want to. It is shocking ,” a bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar said.