Pakistan’s embattled comedians spin troubles into punchlines

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Stand-up comedian Shehzad Ghias Shaikh (R) along with his troupe performs in Karachi, Pakistan, August 16, 2015. Photo by Akhtar Soomro courtesy of Reuters

Stand-up comedian Shehzad Ghias Shaikh (R) along with his troupe performs in Karachi, Pakistan, August 16, 2015. Photo by Akhtar Soomro courtesy of Reuters

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Corruption, politicians, crime and culture are all regular fixtures but few punchlines mock the powerful military or religion. Pakistani law stipulates blasphemers be put to death.