Prime Minister Gilani has assured the National Assembly that the government has no intention of amending the blasphemy law, and will not support the amendments proposed by former Information Minister Sherry Rehman. He has even persuaded her to withdraw them. Ms Rehman has said that she has not been consulted by the Prime Minister, but in obedience to party discipline she would not press the bill. In a press statement issued on Wednesday, she said the bill had not been put on the agenda of the House, and thus the question of withdrawing it did not arise. Mr Gilani, on the other hand, made a statement on the floor of the House, as demanded by the Tehrik-e-Namoos Risalat in the course of its demonstrations on Sunday. The Prime Ministers statement may have well been categorical, but it came not only after the large demonstrations staged by the Tehrik, but also the assassination of the Punjab Governor. If Mr Gilani had acted earlier in making the statement, perhaps both could have been avoided. Apart from Governor Taseers taking up the case of a Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy, Ms Rehmans bill was also viewed with enough suspicion so as to make her the next person who could be punished for blasphemy. The issue, once highlighted, cannot be put back on the backburner, and even the supporters of the law must address the issue of the law as it stands being misused. Misuse does not enhance the sanctity of the Holy Prophet (PBUH), but must not be used as an excuse to dilute the law. That there must be a law specifically for blasphemy against the Holy Prophet (PBUH) is shown by the heat that has been generated by the issue, which shows that the Muslims of Pakistan take any blasphemy seriously. The level of anger generated by the Danish cartoons also shows that Muslims anywhere will not accept such blasphemy, even if freedom of speech is used as the excuse to promote and protect. Similarly, within the Pakistani context, minority rights must not be used as an excuse to dilute this law. With the Prime Ministers statement, the issue may be considered settled. It is now time to move on. So far, the role of foreign elements in the whole controversy has not been identified, except for the Pope coming out publicly against the blasphemy laws. The subservience of the present government has encouraged them to make heroes out of blasphemers, and the government has followed in the hope of gaining their goodwill. They should also be conveyed the governments resolve to punish all blasphemy under the existing law of the land.