Supreme Court of Pakistan rejects review petition against Aasia Bibi’s acquittal

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Tuesday dismissed a review petition, seeking reversal of acquittal of Christian woman Aasia Bibi in Blasphemy Case.

A three-judge bench of the Apex Court headed by the Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa and comprising Justice Qazi Faez Isa and Justice Mazhar Alam Khan Miankhel in Islamabad upheld the Aasia Bibi’s acquittal earlier announced by the Supreme Court on October 31, 2018.

In his remarks, the Justice Asif Saeed Khosa said that the review petitioner Qari Muhammad Salaam failed to point out any error in the earlier judgement delivered by the by the then Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, himself and Justice Mazhar Alam Khan Miankhel in October last year.

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It is worth mentioning that Justice Saqib Nisar-led Supreme Court bench in its verdict had reversed the judgements of the Lahore High Court (LHC) and the Trial Court, in which they had convicted Aasia Bibi for committing blasphemy in 2009 in Sheikhupura and thus awarded death penalty to her.

Following Aasia Bibi’s acquittal, the religious activists backed by Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) staged strong protests across the country including in Islamabad, which eventually ended with an agreement between the TLP and the Punjab government.

In the meantime, Qari Salaam filed a review petition in the Supreme Court, pleading the Apex Court to set aside the acquittal judgement.

Meanwhile, extra security measures have already been taken in the Federal Capital to void any untoward situation as there is a possibly of protests by religious parties in the wake of Supreme Court’s decision.

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