1 February 2011

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This is a transcript of an event held at Chatham House on 10 February 2011 with Ziauddin Sardar, writer, broadcaster and Visiting Professor, the School of Arts and, Dr Farzana Shaikh, Associate Fellow, Asia Programme, Chatham House.

The murder of Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer, a vocal critic of Pakistan's blasphemy laws, exposed deep divisions in the country and triggered widespread international condemnation. The speakers considered the issues at stake, explained why they have assumed an importance unparalleled in any other Muslim country, and discussed whether the blasphemy laws could significantly alter the course of the US-led war in Afghanistan.

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