Amid violent protests, Samsung Pakistan apologises for ‘blasphemy’


After violent demonstrations erupted in Karachi after allegedly blasphemous remarks aired in a mall in the neighboring country’s largest city, Samsung Pakistan issued an apology. Samsung Pakistan stated in a statement that it “maintains impartiality on religious sensitivities” and that it has launched an internal investigation into the situation.

As many as 27 Samsung employees have been detained after alleged blasphemous comments were played inside Karachi’s Star City Mall on Friday.

Here’s all you need to know about the controversy:

(1) A WiFi gadget put in the Star City Mall aired the allegedly profane statements on Friday. As the word quickly circulated, people gathered at the spot and launched violent demonstrations. Naila Inayat, a Pakistani journalist, released a video of protests against a Samsung store.

(2) According to an other account, the violence occurred in response to the company’s introduction of a mobile QR code that allegedly insulted the Prophet Muhammad.

In the meanwhile, police came at the scene, secured the device, and took it. According to officials, as many as 27 Samsung employees have been detained and an investigation is underway.

It has been alleged that the assailants belonged to the radical Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) organisation, however there has been no official confirmation of their identities or the number of those apprehended, if any.

Image Source- Morocco World News

In Pakistan, blasphemy is a highly sensitive topic, and according to the country’s penal code, a person guilty of blasphemy can be penalised or even condemned to death. In December of last year, a mob in Sialkot lynched a Sri Lankan plant manager.

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Nivedita Harsh
Nivedita Harsh
Nivedita Harsh is an advocate and a defense attorney by profession., a lover of books, and a writer by passion. Completed her Law degree in 2021 and working as an advocate at the Rajasthan High Court since. When you don’t find her buried in paperwork and legal notices, you might find her reading one of Agatha Christie's compelling works of fiction, holding a nice cup (jar) of iced coffee. Or annoying her white fluffer pup. Nivedita writes early in the morning, then spends the rest of the day trying to cope with infinite amout of legal paperwork


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