Pakistan under pressure to repeal blasphemy laws
25 March 2018 | 9:00 am
At least 1,472 people — both non-Muslims and secular Muslims — have been charged under Pakistan's controversial blasphemy laws since 1987. Despite international pressure, Pakistani authorities are unwilling to amend or repeal the laws.
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