ISLAMABAD - The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Wednesday barred implementation on the verdict handed down by an anti-terrorism court in which punishment was awarded to Mir Shakilur Rahman and others, reported a private TV channel.

A three-member SC bench headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa and comprising Justice Iqbal Hamid-ur-Rehman and Justice Umer Atta Bandial heard the constitutional petition submitted before the apex court on behalf of Mir Shakilur Rahman challenging the judgment of the anti-terrorism court of Gilgit-Baltistan.

After listening to the arguments presented by senior advocate Khawaja Muhammad Haris, the counsel for Mir Shakilur Rahman, the top court issued an interim order, stopping implementation on the verdict of the anti-terrorism court of Gilgit-Baltistan, besides issuing a notice to the Attorney General of Pakistan in this regard.

Giving references of the provisions from the Constitution and verdicts issued by the Supreme Court of Pakistan, Khawaja Muhammad Haris told the court that the apex court had already declared punishments awarded in absentia as unconstitutional. He said the Constitution of Pakistan guarantees the basic right of transparent and judicious trial to every citizen of Pakistan. But, he continued, the Gilgit-Baltistan court denied this right to his client. Instead, the court of Gilgit-Baltistan even failed to take into account the fundamental rights enshrined in the Constitution of Pakistan besides other laws.

The court adjourned the hearing after the conclusion of the arguments.

It is pertinent to mention here that the apology was rendered by Geo Entertainment over an inadvertent mistake.

The apology was repeated 30 times and religious scholars and ulema had declared as unjustified the raising of the issue after the organization sought forgiveness from Almighty Allah.