The Lahore High Court (LHC) bench headed by Justice Atir Mehmood on Monday (Nov 12) dismissed a plea seeking “high treason proceedings” against the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) leader Khadim Hussain Rizvi and the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Fazlur Rehman for anti -state speeches.
The petitioner, Shabbirullah, in his petition, argued that TLP leaders, including Khadim Hussain Rizvi, Pir Afzal Qadri and Waheed Anwar, as well as JUI-F chief had violated Article 6 of the Constitution in the name of protest and both leaders were continuously made statements against judiciary and armed forces, following the Supreme Court’s verdict of Asia Bibi’s acquittal. The petitioner requested the court to start treason proceedings “under High Treason (punishment) Act 1973 only federal government is empowered to initiate treason proceedings.”
However, the IHC judge Atir Mehmood remarked that Chief Justice of Pakistan, Mian Saqib Nisra had akready taken suo motu notice against vandalism and property damage during countrywide protests. “The petitioner should have approached the appropriate forum,” said the order.
The Supreme Court acquitted Asia Bibi, a Christian woman sentenced to death over blasphemy allegations. Announcing the judgment, the three-judge special bench ordered, “If Asia Bibi is not involved in any other case then she be released immediately.” Asia Bibi, allegedly made “defamatory and sarcastic” statements about the Holy Prophet on June 14, 2009 during an argument with three Muslim women.
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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17 November, 2019