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“Revolt against chief justice, army chief unacceptable,”Imran Khan

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Published on November 05, 2018 with No Comments

Asia Bibi, a mother of four, had been living on death row since 2010 when she became the first woman to be sentenced to death by hanging under Pakistan’s blasphemy laws, which critics say are too harsh and often misused. She was condemned for allegedly making derogatory remarks about Islam after neighbours allegedly objected to her drinking water from their glass because she was not Muslim.

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan backed Supreme Court acquitting Asia Bibi in blasphemy case as he addressed the nation. He also warned the agitators and called for calm after protests erupted in Pakistan following the verdict.

A three-judge bench had acquitted and ordered the release of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman who was earlier sentenced to death on blasphemy charges. Imran Khan in his address said: “I’m here only because a Supreme Court verdict was announced and the way a small section reacted to it and the language that they used;I’m forced to address you,” media quoted him as saying. He then upheld the top court’s verdict, saying that the decision of the judges was according to the constitution and “Pakistan’s constitution according to the teachings of Islam.” He added that the revolt against the chief justice and army chief was “unacceptable”.

“Saying that the judges of the Supreme Court are ‘Wajib ul Qatl’ (Worthy of death) and terming the army chief as ‘non-Muslim’, and calling for a revolt against the chief justice and army chief.This is unacceptable,” Imran Khan is reported to have said.Demonstrators had gathered in Lahore  to protest against Pakistan’s Supreme Court decision to free a Christian woman from death sentence for blasphemy against Islam and overturned her conviction.

 

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