Sadia Uddin is a Master’s Candidate in the Humanities Programme at York University. Her research focuses on highlighting the state of human rights in Pakistan by examining the country’s Blasphemy Laws as a public policy, which acts as a catalyst for Islamic extremism in society. The way in which this policy has been shaped has resulted in many high-profile assassinations and the accused have enjoyed both protection and public support until recently. Sadia’s research assesses whether the role of the judiciary against the Blasphemy Laws will signal a paradigm shift in Pakistan’s lawmaking to reshape public sentiment against Islamic extremism. Sadia has completed her Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and South Asian Studies at York University and also holds a Professional Certificate in Public Administration and Law from York University. Her study interests include Pakistan, human rights, Shia Genocide, religious minorities, political development, religious extremism, governance, and law.
Keywords: Pakistan; human rights; Shia genocide; religious minorities; political development; religious extremism; governance; law