ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected the review petition against the acquittal of Asia Bibi in a blasphemy case.
A full bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa took up the review petition for hearing amid tight security arrangements put in place in the federal capital. The Tahreek-e-Labbaik has threatened to protest if the court gave any relief to Asia Bibi.
Dismissing the petition seeking review of the SC verdict to acquit Asia Bibi, the CJP observed that the petitioner failed to point out any flaw in the verdict.
Petitioner Qari Muhammad Salaam’s lawyer Ghulam Ikram argued before the bench and demanded that a larger bench be made for the review petition, saying it should include Islamic scholars and ulama.
“How is this a matter of religion? Has the verdict not been given on merit? The verdict was given on the basis of testimonies; does Islam say that one should be punished even if they are found not guilty? Prove to us what is wrong with the verdict,” said Chief Justice Khosa.
When the lawyer pointed to the verdict mentioning “burden of proof” being on the petitioner, the judge asked: “Do you disagree with this rule?”
On Tuesday, the capital administration made stringent security arrangements, including the deployment of paramilitary troops in Islamabad’s sensitive areas.