On Tuesday, Chief Justice of Pakistan, Tassaduq Hussain Jillani, stated that offence against any religion comes under the blasphemy law according to Pakistan Penal Code’s Article 295 while expressing anger for non-registration of cases against criminals involved in setting Hindu temples ablaze in Sindh.
He explained while presiding a three-member bench in a suo motu case over bomb blasts in Peshawar Church and rights of minorities.
The chief justice proclaimed that the court would appoint amicus curiae including Munir A. Malik, Khawaja Haris and Hassan Aurangzaib, due to the importance of the case, who would help the court in the issue without charging any fee.
He also asked the minorities’ representatives to submit a report which specifies sections where the material has been used to mistreat the minorities and classify areas where law imposing organizations failed to protect their lives and property.
Justice Jillani further said that the court would share protests of the minorities, suggesting establishment of a new power to secure the minority groups.
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) MNA, Dr Ramesh Kumar, explained the court that during last two months six annoying incidents occurred to the Hindu community in which the temples were set ablaze and their religion was not appropriately honored and troublemakers were not brought to book. He added that four of the incidents come under the blasphemy law.