Why would a new Pakistani political party be gaining in popularity by calling for blasphemers to be put to death? One reason is because harshness toward unbelievers has always characterized the jihad on the Indian subcontinent, as I show in my new book The History of Jihad From Muhammad to ISIS. In the book I quote the sixteenth-century Muslim historian Firishta, who recounted that at Kondapalli in India in 1481:
The Hindus, according to custom, when they saw their chief destroyed, fled in the utmost disorder from the field, and were pursued by the allies with such success that the river was dyed red with their blood. It is computed by the best authorities that above one hundred thousand infidels were slain during the action and the pursuit.
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