Pakistani Lawyers: “Death to the Blasphemer”

A few years ago, in response to the imposition of emergency rule in Pakistan by the Musharraf government, the Ontario Bar Association (OBA) and the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) issued press releases, organized rallies and circulated petitions urging Ontario’s lawyers to support the efforts of their counterparts in Pakistan to restore the rule of law in that country.  All very noble and honourable.

I was thinking about that when I read this story, in today’s Globe, about a group of 500 Pakistani lawyers storming the diplomatic enclave in Islamabad wearing headbands inscribed with “Lovers of Prophet, Death to the blasphemer”.  Meanwhile the Pakistan Bar Council called for a day of protest against “Innocence of Muslims” and condemned the US for failing to take action against it.  Nice to see the people charged with defending the rule of law in Pakistan are so reasonable.

I wonder if the OBA and LSUC will be circulating petitions calling for our “counterparts” in Pakistan to respect religious freedom and freedom of expression. Why do I suspect they’ll remain curiously quiet on the subject.