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“How can the court punish someone in the absence of proof,” CJP comments on Asia Bibi’s acquittal

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Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar has commented after the landmark verdict in Asia Bibi’s appeal case. On October 31, a three-member bench of Supreme Court acquitted Asia Bibi; cancelling her death sentence.

Asia Bibi case

Following the verdict, protests erupted in several cities of Pakistan. Situation aggravated as protestors took to the streets and blocked roads. Chief Justice while commenting on the situation, commented today saying that how can the court punish someone in the absence of proofs.

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Chief Justice remarked about this situation while he was hearing Islamabad Police Inspector General Police appointment case. “We can sacrifice our lives for the sanctity of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be Upon Him),” he said. Chief Justice said that nobody can bear blasphemy of the Prophet (PBUH). “We are ready to sacrifice our lives for him. But, how can we punish someone when there is no ground to build a case against them”.

He said that “nobody is less devout than others. We are not only the judges of Muslims.” He continued that “Several judges on the bench keep reciting Darood Sharif”. He said that the verdict started with Kalma and Islam was discussed in detail.

Asia Bibi’s verdict

“Our faith is not complete without believing in the Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him). We have known Allah through the Prophet (PBUH). At the same time, Chief Justice said that the government must fulfill its responsibility to control the situation and maintain law and order.

“I can’t believe what I am hearing, will I go out now? Will they let me out, really?” Asia Bibi responded with disbelief while talking to APF. “I just don’t know what to say, I am very happy, I can’t believe it.”