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A new political party that has made punishing blasphemers its main rallying cry won a surprisingly strong 7.6 percent of the vote in a by election in Peshawar, 60 km (36 miles) from where Mashal Khan was killed six months ago.

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But the gains by the Labaik party formed just last year have grabbed attention.

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The party emerged out of a protest movement against the state execution of Mumtaz Qadri, a bodyguard of the governor of Punjab province who gunned down his boss in 2011 over his call to reform Pakistan blasphemy laws, among the world harshest, to prevent abuses.

canadian goose jacket Qadri is considered a hero by the party, and its candidate in Peshawar, Muhammad Shafiq Ameeni, was equally supportive of Mashal Khan killers, although the student death was not a main feature at campaign rallies.

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Dozens of Pakistanis are canada goose black friday sale sitting on death row after being convicted of insulting Islam prophet, a specific charge that carries a mandatory death sentence, though no executions have been carried out in recent decades.

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Earlier in October, the PML N found itself in the middle of a firestorm when it voted through seemingly small changes to the nation electoral law.

The changes, among other things, turned a religious oath in the electoral laws stating that Canada Goose online Mohammad was the last prophet of Muslims into a declaration using the words declare

The alterations prompted accusations of blasphemy from the religious right and the government quickly retreated, terming the change a mistake and apologizing in parliament.

Labaik has vowed to canada goose coats hold a mass rally on Nov. 6 to demand the lawmakers responsible be prosecuted for blasphemy.

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