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PMLN’s Use Of The ‘Blasphemy Card’ Widely Condemned On Social Media

Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PMLN) recently accused the ruling party of blasphemy, referring to a speech given by Prime Minister Imran Khan a few days ago. The opposition has been accused of creating a controversy to promote their own political agenda. For accusing the current government of allegations that have stirred up so much trouble in the past their actions have been condemned by  other politicians, activists as well as  journalists. Allegedly the Prime Minister’s speech  referred to the companions of the Prophet (PBUH) in a way that was deemed inappropriate. However, it seems that the PM was referring to an incident that took place during the life of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) to highlight how good leadership leads to success. The PMLN’s course of action has been widely criticized on social media.

Journalist Marvi Sirmed commented on how as tempting it may seem, accusing a political rival of allegations that have lead to sever repercussions in the past, spells trouble.

Prominent journalist and the  Prime Ministers ex-wife Reham khan also commented on the matter, expressing  her strong disapproval for politicizing religious controversies. In a rather concise  and balanced statement, she acknowledges that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) may have played the blasphemy card before, but that doesn’t justify the actions of politicians using it today.


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Several politicians in Pakistan have used the blasphemy card to serve ulterior motives. Allegations of blasphemy have led to violent repercussions in academic spaces, as well as in the political realm in past few years . During the PMLNs government the PTI was accused of trying to capitalize on the Khatam-e-Nabuwat controversy regarding the wording of an oath taken by incoming politicians. Recently Shahid Khaqan Abbasi of the PMLN has stated during a press conference that his party should be allowed to discuss this ‘controversy’ in the National Assembly.


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