Repealing blasphemy law will fuel militancy: minister


LAHORE: Federal Minister for Minorities Affairs Shahbaz Bhatti said on Tuesday Pakistan would not repeal its controversial blasphemy law but might amend it to prevent abuse because scrapping the legislation could fuel militancy.
“(Repeal) is not being considered though we are considering changing it so that misuse of the law should be stopped,” Bhatti said.
He said consultations with Islamic clerics and representatives of religious minorities on amending the law would soon be held. He said repealing it was not being considered because that could provoke religious parties and militants who want to topple the pro-US civilian government.