The decision by the high court is largely seen as symbolic since Jones doesn’t live in Egypt and neither do the seven Egyptian Coptic Christians also tried in absentia. Some of them are linked to the controversial film that sparked deadly riots across the Muslim world in September.
KARACHI — More members of Pakistan’s Shiite Muslim religious minority were killed by Sunni Muslim extremists this year than in any previous year, a development that could further destabilize this key U.S. ally and draw it into the widening Shiite-Sunni conflict that up to now has been manifest primarily in Middle Eastern countries.
Faced with public outrage over the alleged honour killing of a 29-year-old Muslim in Uttar Pradesh, the Centre on Tuesday said it was serious about tackling the menace. However, its efforts so far seem to have failed to convince nearly half the states in the country. “We have asked for a report from the state governments. This is something we have taken very seriously,” minister of state for home RPN Singh said.
He said the government is “very seriously trying” to amend the constitution to deal with growing incidents of honour killings across the country.