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Misrepresentation of Blasphemy in the Pakistani Social Imaginary

This report was an attempt to provide a snapshot of different entities (legal, political and social) that help perpetuate the kind of narrative about blasphemy and blasphemy legislation that materialized and manifested in the 1986 National Assembly session that passed Section 295-C of the Pakistan Penal Code. By looking at examples of speeches and texts from modern writers, lawyers, religious leaders and television hosts/guests, we identified recurring patterns of misrepresentation that echoed the types of arguments seen in the National Assembly session as well as the Federal Shariat Court Judgment that made the death penalty a mandatory punishment for the act of blasphemy.