Amjad Mahmood Khan

Amjad Mahmood Khan

The author is partner at Brown, Neri, Smith & Khan LLP in Los Angeles and adjunct professor at UCLA Law School. He is also a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a frequent lecturer on the intersection of law and minority rights in Muslim-majority countries. He tweets @waxeloquent twitter.com/waxeloquent

The National Action Plan has been as counter-productive as Pakistan’s blasphemy law

Following the ghastly December 2014 Taliban attack on 132 schoolchildren, Pakistan’s government unanimously passed a National Action Plan (NAP) so that, “No room will be left for the extremism in any part of the country.” Among its 20 points, NAP outlaws radical literature and funding, calls for restructuring in the FATA region and Balochistan to address regional grievances, and lifts the moratorium on the death sentence for convicted terrorists. But well over a year into its execution, NAP has been less effective and more counter-productive than meets the eye. As one of numerous examples, consider the case of 81-year-old optician Abdul Shukoor. This past January, Shukoor, an Ahmadi Muslim, and ...

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