Asia Bibi has been acquitted in the blasphemy case by the Supreme Court of Pakistan. She is a Christian woman who was highlighted over the media for the case of blasphemy and as per the state’s laws, the death sentence is the only way to resolve this case. This issue came out to the front in the year 2010 and after eight years of this case, the verdict is being given today. Asia Bibi’s acquittal spark protests all across the country and the industrial hub (Karachi) came to a sudden halt due to these protests.
The decision is praised by the various politician, media anchor, and human right activists including Sherry Rehman, Jibran Nasir, and Sana Bucha. It has been regarded as the ‘landmark judgment”. International rights organization Amnesty International’s deputy South Asia director, Omar Waraich, said that the SC’s verdict must make it clear that blasphemy laws will no longer be abused in Pakistan.
Landmark judgement by Supreme Court to acquit #AasiaBibi today.False accusers took half her life away. Now the state must protect all those who stand for the rule of law and justice.We have all been witness to the havoc mobs have wreaked to red lines before.That line must be held
— SenatorSherryRehman (@sherryrehman) October 31, 2018
#AasiaBibi 's acquittal means she was innocent. Her being innocent means she was #falslyAccused. False accusation is supposed to be punishable by law.. which was tabled and taken back! #Justice cannot be complete without it serving as a deterrent.
— afia salam (@afiasalam) October 31, 2018
The SCP has done its job. Now it’s time for the state to act responsibly. And the media. #AasiaBibi case is a sensitive issue in a country that runs high on religious sentiment that can be misdirected. Case in point: @salmantaseer Let a mother return home. Safely.
— Sana Bucha (@sanabucha) October 31, 2018
Prayers for well being of #AsiaBibi and her family. Today's verdict once again highlights need for reforms to prevent abuse of religious laws to victimize innocents. The same reforms which Salman Taseer advocated and was martyred for. That is the only way forward.
— M. Jibran Nasir (@MJibranNasir) October 31, 2018
Verdict And Evidence Of Asia Bibi Case
In order to defend her or go against her, people had to be present in the court to present the evidence against what she did. On Wednesday, no solid proof or evidence was presented against the case. It further led the jury to acquit Asia Bibi and release her.
All the provincial capitals especially the diplomatic zone and the Judge’s enclave is on high alert where special forces and 300 police are guarding the Supreme Court. Khadim Hussain Rizvi who is the leader of Tehreek-e-Labbaik (TLP) asked the protester to gather and protest against Asia Bibi’s acquittal. He is dedicated to punishing Asia Bibi for the blasphemy. Moreover, the judges are also being blamed for their final word and the TLP chief Afzal Qadri said that the judges are also accountable for death.
Current Situation Of Protests Against Asia Bibi’s Acquittal
The country is in chaos and daily activities came to a sudden halt disrupting the schedule of the population.
1. Protesters in Karachi burn tires in reaction to Asia Bibi’s acquittal verdict.
2. Lahore motorway and highway blocked by protesters.
3. 92 News’ DSNG pelted with stones In Numaish Chorangi, Karachi.
4. TLP leaders, while addressing protesters in Lahore, asked them to turn against the army, judiciary as well as the PTI-led government in “retaliation to the verdict”.
5. In Islamabad, the red zone has been sealed due to security concerns.
6. Paramilitary troops have been deployed in Islamabad to prevent protesters from reaching the Supreme Court of Pakistan
7. Pakistan Rangers have taken over the security of Punjab Assembly as Khadim Hussain Rizvi is leading Mall Road protest against Asia Bibi’s acquittal verdict.
8. The railway line along the three bridges in the Upper Jhelum Canal has been shut completely by TLP protesters.
9. Maulana Asad Mehmood, the son of JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, has claimed that “the people of Pakistan have rejected the SC verdict in Asia Bibi case”.
10. Section 144 is imposed in Sindh and Punjab.
11. Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has asked mobile phone operators to shut down their services in Lahore.
These are the latest development in relation to the ongoing protest against Asia Bibi’s acquittal.