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Recently in Kot Radha Kishan, in Pakistan's Punjab province, a young Christian couple, Saima and Shahzad, had their legs broken and were beaten nearly to death before being burned alive in a brick kiln.Currently, there are at least 17 people convicted of blasphemy on death row in Pakistan, with another 19 serving life sentences.The extremist religious fundamentalists in Pakistan have used blasphemy laws to harass, torture and kill minorities, and in some cases even Muslims of different sects, for desecrating holy scriptures or circulating pamphlets allegedly critical of Islam. In Pakistan, where a state-led and -protected Islamist ideology has developed, blasphemy laws have taken a different complexion.While there were seven blasphemy cases lodged between 1851 and 1947, Pakistan's Center for Research and Security Studies says that 327 cases were lodged between 1977 and 2012 .However, in the highly charged atmosphere in Pakistan, where fundamentalists are powerful, talk of liberalizing blasphemy laws, especially from a human rights perspective, could be courting disaster or death.Some have sought the annulment of blasphemy laws, while others have sought to make changes so that these laws are more humane and objective.
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