Top courtroom grants bail to blasphemy accused jailed for 4 years


LAHORE:

A division bench of the Supreme Court of Pakistan has granted post-arrest bail to an accused, detained in jail for greater than 4 years, allegedly concerned in utilizing extremely derogatory language towards God, prophets and Islam on social media.

The bench, led by Justice Umar Ata Bandial, heard the case on the Supreme Court’s Lahore registry. It rejected the arguments of the complainant’s counsel, such because the plea to discourage such pleas which, in accordance with him, are rising day-to-day merely to get asylums overseas.

However, the bench granted a post-arrest bail to Qamar Aqash after the case towards him couldn’t be established to the extent of the bail.

Earlier, the bench requested how the trial couldn’t be concluded even supposing the accused particular person had been in jail for greater than 4 years.

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At this, the complainant’s counsel Ghulam Mustafa Chaudhry argued that the delay was on the a part of the accused particular person, saying a number of miscellaneous purposes had been filed on his behalf.

Secondly, he added, the counsel of the accused was not keen to look earlier than the trial courtroom and all-out efforts have been made to linger on the matter.

Chaudhry went on to say that the session courtroom had dismissed the post-arrest bail after which the accused met the identical destiny on the Lahore High Court.

He termed it a matter of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) cybercrime, which booked the accused on November 22, 2017 after which arrested him.

The counsel additional implored that the accused uploaded and shared numerous posts whereby he had used extremely derogatory language towards God, prophets and Islam, generally.

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“The forensic report also confirmed that the material was shared from the mobile of the accused and the investigation agency recovered all relevant material from the possession of the accused person,” he added.

Chaudhry additionally informed the courtroom that over 40 circumstances of such nature have been being heard on the periods courts and the incidents of blasphemy have been rising day-to-day.

“If we do not discourage such incidents, these will only increase,” the counsel argued. “The accused is liable to face the demise penalty.

On the opposite hand, the counsel for the accused informed the courtroom {that a} concocted story was woven towards his consumer and that he had been detained in jail for over 4 years regardless of that he had nothing to do with it.

He argued that the accused was implicated within the cast case so he could possibly be humiliated. No proof is out there which might show the case, he maintained.

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