Motion S5M-04407: The Murder of Asad Shah

07 Mar 2017

That the Parliament deplores the news that, despite being in jail, the murderer of Asad Shah has been releasing recordings and building an online following; understands that the support Tanveer Ahmed has seen in Pakistan highlights the existing faultlines regarding the treatment of blasphemy in that country, with it still being punishable by death; believes that the example set by Mr Shah in showing love and compassion to all his neighbours, regardless of their faith, provides the perfect counterpoint to the clarion call of hatred made by extreme factions; considers that there is no place for such laws or attitudes towards blasphemy, and seeks a world where there is freedom of religion and belief, including the freedom to change or abandon one’s religion.