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ICC Note: Some members of the Senate are considering the pass a new law that will also punish those that make false blasphemy accusations. However, there has been some resistance on behalf of other members since they see it as attempt to incapacitate the blasphemy law.

3/15/2018 Pakistan (Christians in Pakistan) –   Senate’s special Committee on Human Rights has supported the idea of punishment for the leveling false accusations. During its meeting, on Tuesday, March 6 endorsed punishment prescribed by the law for committing blasphemy to be inflicted on the person who poses false or fabricated accusations on blasphemy.

Senate’s Committee in its recommendations stated: “Anyone falsely accusing someone of blasphemy should be subjected to the same punishment as a person convicted of blasphemy.” It was also discussed that the accuser looking to register a complaint at a police station must also bring at least two witnesses along, in order to back his claims. These recommendations will be forwarded to the Council of Islamic Ideology.

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