A Pakistani woman has challenged her country’s blasphemy laws and the country’s Muslim community, after being detained and questioned by police for a day in Islamabad.
She was detained on the basis of a false accusation she made of blasphemy and her supporters said she was arrested on a false charge of “propaganda”.
“She was asked about the ‘propaganda’ charge,” said Muhammad Naeem, a member of the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) who is the main opposition party in the Punjab Assembly.
“She was questioned on that, then her rights were violated.”JI, which is the second largest opposition party, said the woman, whose name has not been released, was “taken for questioning without any reason and she was detained and interrogated”.
The woman was detained for two hours and questioned for “propagating blasphemy”, the party said in a statement.JI spokesman Rana Sanaullah said the women’s detention “has nothing to do with the religion”.
“The government should know that people of faith have their rights and that they are free to express their opinions, even if they are against the government, or even the country,” he said.
The woman has said she has not received any official response from the government.”
We are against this kind of persecution.”
The woman has said she has not received any official response from the government.
Pakistan has a long history of religious and ethnic discrimination.
The country is one of the most conservative in the world and is governed by a system of laws and regulations based on religion.
The laws were amended in the early 2000s to include religious minorities.
Pakistanis have also been harassed and detained by the authorities for alleged blasphemy offences.
A 2009 report by Amnesty International found that more than 1,000 people have been arrested on blasphemy charges.
The woman in question, known as Sufya, was detained by police after she posted a video on Facebook on Wednesday in which she criticised a tweet by Pakistani Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif on the eve of Eid al-Fitr.
The video prompted a large protest in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, on Friday.
A day later, police detained Sufyan and a handful of other people for allegedly insulting the countrys leader.
The video of Sufyas comments was posted on social media, causing outrage in Pakistan, where people say they fear for their safety.
The incident comes as the country continues to grapple with a high number of cases of religious persecution, including blasphemy.
Earlier this week, a court in the southern city of Karachi sentenced two women to death for allegedly blaspheming Islam.
The women, who were both lawyers, are scheduled to be executed next month.
Pakistan, an ally of the United States, is a predominantly Muslim country.
It is the only country in the Middle East to allow religious minorities to form their own religious sects.