Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan addressed the nation amidst nationwide protests against Asia Bibi’s acquittal. In a landmark decision the Supreme Court of Pakistan has acquitted Christian Woman Asia Bibi of blasphemy charge thus cancelling her death sentence. The decision was met with heightened anger and annoyance by religious groups, who staged protests in several cities of Pakistan.
In his speech Pakistani Premier said: “I’m here only because a Supreme Court verdict was announced today. The way a small section reacted to it and the language that they used, I am forced to address you”.
“The decision of the judges is according to the constitution and Pakistan’s constitution is according to the teachings of Islam,” PM Imran Khan said referring to Asia Bibi’s acquittal by the Supreme Court. “Saying that the judges of the Supreme Court are ‘Wajib ul Qatl’ and that the army chief is a ‘non-Muslim’, and calling for a revolt against the chief justice and army chief…This is unacceptable,” he asserted.
“How can a government or a country be run when individuals stand up and call for the execution of judges,” he asked while talking in context of threats to judges who acquitted Asia Bibi. “Only enemies of the state call for execution of judges and rebellion against the army chief.”
PM said that the nation must not pay heed to these elements, as he warned the agitators not to hurt the country and clash with the state for the sake of their own political benefit and vote bank. “If you do this, the state will fulfill its responsibility,” he warned.
Earlier in the morning, Supreme Court of Pakistan acquitted Asia Bibi, cancelled her death sentence. The apex court ordered her release. SC ‘s verdict pointed towards several contradictions in this case.