Pakistan's Blasphemy Laws: What they mean and why they matter
Ziauddin Sardar, writer, broadcaster and Visiting Professor, the School of Arts, City University, London
Dr Farzana Shaikh, Associate Fellow, Asia Programme, Chatham House
Chair: Peter Preston, The Guardian
The murder of Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer, a vocal critic of Pakistan's blasphemy laws, has exposed deep divisions in the country and triggered widespread international condemnation. The speakers will consider the issues at stake, explain why they have assumed an importance unparalleled in any other Muslim country, and discuss whether they could significantly alter the course of the US-led war in Afghanistan.