MULTAN

A local court acquitted PPP vice president Sherry Rehman of blasphemy allegations here on Wednesday.

Senior civil judge Ghulam Mujtaba Baloch announced the final judgment after the case was referred to him by District and Sessions Judge Multan Bahadur Khan on the order of Lahore High Court Multan Bench. The judgment said that the offense was non-cognizable. Representing the Punjab government, an additional deputy public prosecutor also recorded statement that allegation was investigated properly and the state had jurisdiction to cancel the case.

Rights activist Faheem Gill had filed a petition, claiming that Sherry Rehman committed blasphemy during a TV programme on the topic of legislation on blasphemy, and thus a case should be registered against her. Mr Gill had filed a number of petitions in local courts and Lahore High Court Multan Bench to get order for registration of blasphemy case under 295-C against Sherry Rehman but his plea was dismissed. Later, a case was registered against her by Chehlyak police on order of Supreme Court of Pakistan.

The FIR had been sacked and petition was dismissed earlier in 2013 but the petitioner moved LHC Multan bench against the decision and Justice Ebadur Rehman Lodhi ordered the restoration of FIR against Sherry Rehman. However, a division bench of the LHC Multan Bench set aside the decision of Justice Ebadur Rehman in an intra-court review appeal by Sherry Rehman, pleading that she was not given chance to defend herself. The honourable court ordered District and Sessions Judge Multan to decide the case in 15 days. Talking to the journalist, Fahim Gill announced to challenge the decision again in the Multan Bench of Lahore High Court.