Amnesty International:South Asia as a whole became intolerant

Pukhtun Nama Desk News

Across South Asia, a rise in incidents of religious intolerance and violence based on religion or belief, with few or no steps taken by authorities to protect religious minorities under attack

Amnesty International made the statement on the occasion of the day in memory of people affected by violence based on religion or belief.

The South Asia division of Amnesty International says the blasphemy law in Pakistan continues to facilitate violators.

The International Agency says two Ahmadis have been killed in Peshawar this month.

An Ahmadi man was shot dead by unknown gunmen in Peshawar on August 13. Two weeks earlier, on July 29, Tahir Ahmad Nasim, a man accused of insulting religion, was shot dead inside a courthouse.

Local and international human rights groups have criticized Pakistan’s blasphemy law for using it for personal gain.

But Qibla Ayaz, head of the Islamic Ideological Council in Pakistan, said the blasphemy law could not be changed, but that the government needed to stop it if it was misused.

Pakistan’s Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry last month said in response to the Punjab Assembly’s passage of a bill called the Protection of Islam Foundation that he had not read the bill but could say that it was privately addressed in the Punjab Assembly. Every second person brings a law and says if it is not accepted, Islam is in danger.

Amnesty international for South Asia stated that In Afghanistan, the Sikh and Hindu communities have come under increasing attack from armed groups, including the massacre of 25 Sikhs at a temple in Kabul in May.

The Afghan authorities must protect them and their places of worship, and hold the perpetrators accountable

The agency said that In Bangladesh, the Buddhist community in Chattogram district and their temple came under repeated attack in recent months by local mobs.

Furthermore The authorities must ensure the safety and security of the Buddhist community and uphold the right to freedom of religion or belief.

Amnesty International added that In Sri Lanka, the Muslim community has been targeted by both state and non-state actors. Laws have discriminated the community while COVID19 regulations have violated their right to freedom of religion.