Pakistan: Blasphemy, minorities, religious tolerance & the voice of reason | SOAS

Pakistan: Blasphemy, minorities, religious tolerance & the voice of reason | SOAS.

Date: 26 January 2011Time: 6:30 PM

Finishes: 26 January 2011Time: 8:30 PM

Venue: Brunei GalleryRoom: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Round Table

On 26th January 6.30pm PIPA hosts a Roundtable Discussion on “Pakistan: Blasphemy, minorities, religious tolerance & the voice of reason”.

Pakistani authorities charged 647 people with offences under the blasphemy laws between 1986 and 2007. Fifty per cent of the people charged were Muslim and 12 per cent were Christian. Some of those charged were murdered.

PIPA & panellists will be discussing Pakistan’s most contentious issue of 2011. PIPA has been established to create a common voice for Pakistan. PIPA was founded by influential and enthusiastic individuals who are associated to Britain & Pakistan in a broad spectrum of ways and hope to fulfil their goals through various events media initiatives.


Abdullah Al-Andalusi is currently the director of The Muslim Debate Initiative, a public discussion forum that promotes open dialogue and debate.

Rubia Dar is a TV producer & filmmaker who has produced documentaries with the BBC and Channel 4, including 9-11 “State of Emergency” and “Generation 7/7”. She is a founder of PIPA.

Hammad Khan is a film-maker and recently produced his first full-length critically acclaimed feature film ‘Slackistan’. His short films have all focused on themes of religion and Pakistani identity. He is also a media expert on censorship and media regulation through his role as a film examiner at the British Board of Film Classification.

Zachary Latif is an investment banker, with a speciality in distressed markets. He co-wrote the dramatic piece “Postcard from Jinnah” & writes for Brown He is a founder of PIPA.

Mustafa Qadri is the Amnesty International liaison for Pakistan. He writes for the Guardian as a freelance journalist. He has prior experience as a lawyer specialising in public international law.

Myra Qureshi is a management consultant with an advisory remit in investment banking. She is a leading social activist and maintains several advocacy fronts for liberalism within a Pakistani context.

Rabia Zia will be representing Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf, the political party founded by Imran Khan.