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Published on Jan 30, 2011
Pakistan's blasphemy law seen as tool of oppression In a country with countless ethnicities and religious minorities, the 1980s law against insulting Islam is used to settle scores, critics say. The case of a Christian woman sentenced to death has led to renewed calls for its repeal. December 27, 2010|By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Nankana Sahib, Pakistan — Muslim cleric Muhammad Salim isn't worried that a court or Pakistan's president might spare a Christian woman from this village who has been sentenced to death on blasphemy charges.
After all, if Asia Bibi, a mother of two, escapes the hangman's noose, he's confident someone else will kill her.
"Any Muslim, if given the chance, would kill such a person," Salim said calmly, seated cross-legged on a straw mat at a mosque here. "You would be rewarded in heaven for it."