Pakistan: PTI chief Imran Khan has a strange way of supporting blasphemy laws
ISLAMABAD â€“ Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan has said that Pakistanâ€™s blasphemy laws are not a problem but the real problem lies with the militant groups operating inside the country.
In an interview with Mehdi Hasan of Al Jazeera, when asked if he supported a proposal to amend the blasphemy law, which carries the death penalty for offenders, Khan avoided a clear response. Instead, he said: â€œWhatever you do with the laws, people will be killed.â€
â€œExtremism is not going to be fought by laws; extremism has to be fought first by disbanding those groups that are perpetuating this extremism,â€ he further added.
When the host asked if the PTI chief feared for his life for speaking on the matter of blasphemy, he hesitantly said: â€œIt is true you have to tread a very thin line. Anything perceived to beâ€¦ Â sacrilegious, yes your life is in dangerâ€¦ It is a very difficult subject living in Pakistan.â€
Explaining his recent statement in which he said that people will distribute sweets if army took over in Pakistan, Imran Khan said: â€œI did not struggle for martial law in Pakistan, it was all to strengthen the democracy in this country,â€ arguing that he had not urged the Pakistani military to topple Nawaz Sharifâ€™s government.
â€œWe want a genuine democracy, not a hoax system,â€ he went on to say, adding that â€œdemocracy means a system where the Prime Minister is accountable to the people.â€
On the occasion, he also termed the Taliban as terrorists, saying: â€œAnyone who kills innocent people is terrorists,â€ while responding to a query about his soft reaction to the terrorist activities of Taliban groups in Pakistan.
— PTI chief Imran Khan has a strange way of supporting blasphemy laws
Source/Credit:Â Daily Pakistan