An important speech by A.P. Shah, former chairman of the 20th Law Commission of India and former chief justice of the Delhi high court.starts by quoting a remark made by M N Roy in 1942: “A parochial, selfish, narrow-minded nationalism has caused so much misfortune and misery to the world. A mad and exaggerated form of this cult of nationalism is today running rampant….”
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.