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Pakistanis React to Supreme Court’s Verdict of Aasia Bibi Case

Supreme Court of Pakistan acquitted Aasia Bibi- a Christian citizen who was sentenced to death in 2010 for allegedly committing blasphemy.

The case had gained an international recognition after ex-governor Punjab Salman Taseer had pleaded a retrial and was gunned down by his own guard Mumtaz Qadri.

Supreme Court’s Verdict on Aasia Bibi’s Acquittal

A three judges bench comprising Chief Justice Saqib Nisar, Justice Asif Saeed Khosa and Justice Alam Khan Miankhel gave a verdict on the case. Chief Justice who headed the bench had authored the judgment and reserved it on October 8.

The 56-pages long verdict set aside the Lahore High Court’s judgment according to which Aasia Bibi was convicted of committing blasphemy. The apex court acquitted the accused and asked to set her free if she was not being tried or convicted in any other case.

Reaction to Aasia Bibi’s Verdict

There was a panic among civil society members the day before the judgment. High-level security was deployed within Supreme Court premises. When the judgment came, a majority of citizens (as reflected through social media opinions) embraced it and thanked that an accused was saved from punishment.

It is to be noted that committing blasphemy is an unpardonable fence. But according to stats, no one has ever been convicted of this crime. And, in most of the cases, people were accused of blasphemy just for taking revenge. Further, radical segments of society of misuse blasphemy laws of Pakistan just for political gains.

In light of this situation, citizens welcomed the Supreme Court’s verdict of Aasia Bibi’s case and thanked that she was not given capital punishment merely on the basis of false accusations.

Pakistan Peoples Party Senator Sherry Rehman called it a landmark judgment by Supreme Court.

Showbiz celebrities like Mahira Khan also welcomed the Supreme Court’s ruling in this case.

A similar reaction came from journalists like Asima Sherazi and Sana Bucha who seemed happy at the prospect that justice had finally prevailed.

They were happy what seemed impossible had finally happened.

They are calling that those who maligned her in false accusations must be held accountable. Aasia has already served imprisonment for at least one decade.

The State Should Balance 295 C

Nadeem Farooq Paracha a veteran journalist pointed out an observation of the Supreme Court’s verdict and emphasized that lawmakers must work to balance article 295 C so that no one can malign any person on the basis of fake accusations.

Well, the process of such balance, even if lawmakers choose for it can be tricky because of irrational and self-righteous clerics who stop sanity to prevail.