The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has condemned the government’s recent agreement with the Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) following the TLP’S Protest against the Supreme Court’s verdict of Asia Bibi’s immediate release.
In a statement released on Sunday, the HRCP said it was “appalled at the government’s failure to preserve the writ of the state and the sanctity of the rule of law”. “What was hailed as a landmark judgement and a human rights victory unravelled into a situation in which there was no distinction between the peaceful right to dissent and the thuggery of mobs,” the statement read. “HRCP is seriously concerned at how quickly the government capitulated to the demands of extremist-led mobs, despite its earlier vow to preserve the writ of the state,” it further said.
“The TLP called openly for murder and mutiny, made a mockery of the rule of law and fundamental rights enshrined in the Constitution, and appears to have assumed all the while that its methods were legitimate means of dissent,” the commission regretted.
Last week Supreme Court had ordered to immediate release of Asia Bibi, Christian women allegedly involves in Blasphemy. Asia Bibi allegedly made “defamatory and sarcastic” statements about the Holy Prophet on June 14, 2009 during an argument with three Muslim women (She was asked to fetch water, but the Muslim women objected, saying that as a non-Muslim she was unfit to touch the water bowl). The women later went to a local cleric and accused Bibi of blasphemy against the Holy Prophet. Bibi was convicted and sentenced to death in 2010 and has been in jail ever since.
After the verdict, TLP’s workers started protest against Supreme Court’s verdict of Asia Bibi’s acquittal. An agreement was signed between Government and TLP’s chief to end country wide protests.
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17 November, 2019