CJP takes no­tice of ‘huge losses of lives, prop­erty’ in ri­ots fol­low­ing Aa­sia Bibi ver­dict

The Miracle - - Opinion -

Chief Jus­tice of Pak­istan Mian Saqib Nisar on Tues­day took no­tice of the “loss of lives and prop­erty caused to the gen­eral pub­lic” in ri­ots that fol­lowed the court’s ac­quit­tal of Aa­sia Bibi last week. On Oc­to­ber 31, the SC had ac­quit­ted Aa­sia Bibi — a Chris­tian woman pre­vi­ously con­demned to death on blas­phemy charges — af­ter ac­cept­ing her ap­peal against her sen­tence. The top court’s de­ci­sion had an­gered re­li­o­gio po­lit­i­cal par­ties, in­clud­ing the Tehreek- i-Lab­baik Pak­istan (TLP), which had taken to the streets and staged vi­o­lent sit-ins and protests across the coun­try. The protests had at times es­ca­lated into ri­ots, with pro­test­ers set­ting ve­hi­cles on fire and on one oc­ca­sion even pil­lag­ing the push cart of a child sell­ing ba­nanas. The chief jus­tice, ac­cord­ing to SC spokesper­son, to­day took no­tice of the “losses of prop­erty and lives caused to gen­eral pub­lic” with the in­tent to “com­pen­sate the vic­tims who lost their valu­ables or prop­er­ties dur­ing the tragic in­ci­dents”. The no­tice, the court added, was taken on me­dia re­ports that sig­nif­i­cant losses were caused to the gen­eral pub­lic in the wake of the apex court’s ver­dict in the Aa­sia Bibi case. Fur­ther­more, the chief jus­tice has di­rected the fed­eral and pro­vin­cial govern­ments to fur­nish within three days their re­ports de­tail­ing the es­ti­mated losses.

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