Recent media reports of a young, disabled Pakistani girl arrested for allegedly carrying a damaged Koran and her subsequent arrest under the strict anti-blasphemy laws has been an alarming insight into the difficulties faced by mentally disabled people in Pakistan. Listening to reports on the ABC (Australia), I hear that this girl was threatened with death by a crowd outside the police station she was being held at. I believe that this situation has arisen before where a disabled man was summarily executed by being set alight outside a police station accused under the same anti-blasphemy laws.
I cannot in all good consciousness not raise my abhorrence to such persecution with those who have the power to pressure the Pakistani government to repeal these oppressive laws. I am calling upon you to raise my concerns with His Excellency Mr Abdul Malik Abdullah, the Pakistani High Commissioner to Australia. In doing so, I respectfully request that you ask His Excellency Mr Asif Ali Zadari, the President of Pakistan, to intervene to ensure this young girl's welfare is maintained both now and in the future. I also respectfully request that you ask Mr Asif Ali Zardari to press for a repeal or radical change of the controversial anti-blasphemy laws which appear to be threatening the rule of law in Pakistan along with the welfare of vulnerable individuals.
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