Review petition filed in Aasia Bibi case

Review petition filed in Aasia Bibi case

LAHORE: A petition has been filed in the Supreme Court Lahore Registry seeking review of Aasia Bibi case verdict.

The petition was filed by Qari Muhammad Salam, complainant of the Aasia Bibi case, through Muhammad Azhar

Siddique and Ghulam Mustafa Chaudhry advocates.

The petitioner had pleaded with the court to review its verdict and put the name of Aasia Bibi on exit control list

till the final decision of the petition.

The petitioner had questioned that whether the Aasia Bibi verdict had met the standards of jurisprudence set out in this regard, in view of the history and Islamic provisions as well as normal principle of justice with reference to

application in blasphemy laws.

He further submitted that the court should consider inclusion of members of the Appellate Shariat Court in the

bench as the matter required detailed consideration due to peculiar circumstances of the case as well as application of

Section 295-C PPC in its letter and spirit.

He submitted that Aasia Bibi confessed to her crime during investigation, and that a delay in lodging the First

Information Report (FIR) does not imply that the defendant is not guilty of the crime.

It is pertinent to mention here that the apex court had acquitted Aasia, a Christian woman condemned to death on

blasphemy charges, accepting her appeal against sentence, on Wednesday.