The Supreme Court’s two member bench, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar, has issued directives to federal and provincial governments to compensate the riot victims within a month, following the Supreme Court’s verdict of Asia Bibi’s acquittal on October 31, 2018.
During the hearing, the chief justice remarked, “Reports have been submitted, we should be informed when and how compensatory payments will be made.” The advocate general Punjab informed the court, “The federal cabinet has approved a compensation package amounting to Rs262 million.” At this, Justice Ijazul Ahsan asked, “Has a compensation plan been prepared or is this just on paper?” The chief justice remarked, “Over two months have passed but a complete plan regarding compensation packages has not been submitted. If the court hadn’t ordered then this plan wouldn’t have come either.”
Last year on October, countrywide protests were erupted against the Supreme Court’s verdict of Asia Bibi’s acquittal. Workers of Religious Political party Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) were gathered in major cities of Pakistan against the verdict of Supreme Court. The federal and Punjab governments have signed agreement with Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) to end the sit-ins, protests and blockade across the country.
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23 June, 2019