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SECTION 295C PAKISTAN CRIMINAL CODE
The following is the text of 295C PPC which provides for the death penalty or life imprisonment for blasphemy. In 1992, by order of the Federal Shariat Court, 295-C PPC was amended to make death the only possible penalty for blasphemy. The National Assembly did not amend the PPC or appeal the decision of the Court in the time allowed by the decision. By order of the Court, failure to amend or appeal the decision in the alloted time resulted in the allowance for life imprisonment to be deemed struck. While the wording has not changed, death is now the mandatory penalty.
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ACT III of 1986
AN ACT TO FURTHER AMEND THE PAKISTAN PENAL CODE AND THE CODE OF CRIMINAL LAW PROCEDURE,1898
(Gazette of Pakistan, Extraordinary, Part I, 12th October 1986)
The following Act of Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament) received the assent of the President on the 5th October, 1986, and is hereby published for general information:
Whereas it is expedient further to amend the Pakistan Penal Code (Act XLV of 1860) and the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898 (Act of 1893), for the purposes hereinafter appearing:
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It is hereby enacted as follows:
1. Short title and commencement.
2. Insertion of new section 295-C, Act XLV of 1860. In the Pakistan Penal Code (Act XLV of 1860), after section 295-B, the following new section shall be inserted, namely:
"295-C, Use of derogatory remarks, etc., in respect of the Holy Prophet. Whoever by words, either spoken or written, or by visible representation, or by any imputation, innuendo, or insinuation, directly or indirectly, defiles the sacred name of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) shall be punished with death, or imprisonment for life, and shall also be liable to fine."
3. Amendment of Schedule II, Act V of 1898. In the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898 (Act V of 1898), in Schedule II, after the entries relating to section 295-A, the following new entries shall be inserted, namely:
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