World Watch Monitor | Nov. 7, 2018
Bangladesh’s prime minister has pledged that anyone who offends Islam or its prophet will be prosecuted.
Sheikh Hasina said the religion of Bangladesh “is Islam. Anyone who pronounces offensive comments against it, or against the Prophet Muhammad, will be prosecuted according to the law,” as reported by Asia News.
Her comments come as its near-neighbour Pakistan continues to be divided over the case of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman cleared last week after eight years on death row for alleged blasphemy against Islam and Muhammad.
The prime minister, speaking on 4 November at a gathering of madrassas in Dhaka, added: “There is no place for Islamic militancy, terrorism and corruption. Bangladesh wants to show that Islam is a religion of peace and wants to be a peaceful, prosperous and developed country.”