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.
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.
Thousands of supporters from the Tehrik-e-Labbaik Pakistan have blocked major intersections in cities throughout Pakistan this week, with two police officers killed in clashes with rioters.
Junaid Hafeez, 33, was arrested in March 2013 for allegedly posting derogatory remarks against Prophet Mohammed on social media.
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,
Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said the police had been released early on Monday after "negotiations" with the TLP, which the government banned last week after effectively labelling it a terrorist organisation.
"The TLP activists have two fuel tankers containing thousands of liters of petrol. They are throwing petrol bombs and stones at security officials, and also shooting bullets as the result of which 11 officials are injured," Lahore police spokesman Arif Rana said.
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.
The prosecution proved the case against the convict, Salma Tanveer, while the defendants failed to establish that the accused was not mentally stable when she had committed the offence.
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...