LHC stalls pardon moves for Aasia Bibi

CJ orders provincial governor, federal government to respond to petition.

Rana Tanveer November 30, 2010


Lahore High Court Chief Justice Khawaja Muhammad Sharif on Monday directed President Asif Ali Zardari and the governor of Punjab to abstain from making any move to pardon blasphemy convict Aasia Bibi till December 6, the next date of hearing of petition on the matter.

Although the president was not made a direct party among the respondents, the chief justice categorically issued directions to the president saying, “…no action shall be taken either by the president of Pakistan or anybody working under the authority of the functionaries performing duties under supervision of the governor of the Punjab.”

The judge also issued notice to the federal government through a deputy attorney general, as well as the chief secretary Punjab and personal secretary to the Punjab governor through an additional advocate general directing them to send their comments through fax on or before December 6.

The judge issued the order in a petition seeking direction for the federal government  and provincial government to abstain from making any move to get Aasia pardoned.

The petition was filed by Ch Shahid Iqbal challenging the alleged move of Punjab governor to get blasphemy convict Aasia Bibi pardoned.

The petitioner said that the federal government should be directed not to take any decision upon the appeal of Aasia submitted at the behest of the provincial governor, adding that the federal government should be directed to remove the governor from his office for allegedly being ‘non-ineligible’ for this office.

He further said that proceedings carried out by the government of Punjab as well as the governor and federal law ministry for getting Aasia Bibi pardoned of the blasphemy charges should be declared illegal, unlawful and without lawful authority.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 30th, 2010.


Dawood Nusrani | 10 years ago | Reply I understand that terrorists, jihadis and millitants are un-wise friends of Islam. They do not understand what damadge they are doing to islam and muslims in the world. Because they can not do any thing good they just try to secure place in heaven by klling innocent people as they have been tought.
Hasan Z. | 10 years ago | Reply Lets talk sense people .... Over exaggerated Lady Aasia issue is just another excuse the present Government needed to redo the blasphemy law. Its nothing to do with any Maulvi / bearded guy ..... majority of teh people talking on the issue are the people who if one Google can find how much they are with the National Policy makers including our Government and the friendly foreign Governments (read USA, UAE, Saudi, UK) who have interest in our land. Governments often need an event to divert attention of the public and media as well as to use it to bring changes ... previous examples: 1) Jawed Iqbal (man who killed 100+ kids in Lahore) during Musharraf's time 2) Zaid Hamid (self sponsored analyst with hot issues & chicks) .... and last but not the least ... 3) NGO sponsored fake Taliban canning video to overturn the Swat peace deal with TNSM. Also keep in mind that there is NOT A SINGLE hanging / death punishment in present Government;s tenure ... due to their Master's wish. Not only she will be pardoned but will be out and with her family.
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