An international detergent brand has come under fire for an advertisement questioning gender stereotypes in the conservative patriarchal country, with critics accusing the company of blasphemy.
A Pakistani Christian woman who spent eight years on death row over false blasphemy charges, Asia Bibi, has left the country, her lawyer and media said on Wednesday,
The 26-year-old Arab defendant was hauled into the Criminal Court on Sept.9 for having blasphemed God while inside a Dubai Company on July 23. Witnesses reported him to the Rashidiyah Police Station.
Junaid Hafeez, 33, was arrested in March 2013 for allegedly posting derogatory remarks against Prophet Mohammed on social media.
Police also expressed doubt over the guard's claim that he had killed the manager over blasphemy. They suggested that the guard had committed the murder due to personal grievances.
The firebrand cleric made his last public appearance at a sit-in staged by thousands of TLP followers at Islamabad's Faizabad interchange to protest the publication of blasphemous caricatures of Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) in France.
The group had decided to end the sit-in after successful negotiations with the government.
A local official, who asked not to be named, said he estimated that close to 200,000 people had attended the funeral. The gathering was so large that Rizvi's coffin could not be carried through the crowd to the site set up for the ceremony...