ISLAMABAD - A trial court directed police to submit a charge-sheet of the blasphemy case against Rimsha by September 21.

The court said the witnesses of the case should not be intimidated. The investigation officer asked for some time to present the charge-sheet and told the court that the inspector general of police (IGP) had constituted an team under a senior superintendent of police (SSP) and that the probe had been completed. The petitioner’s argued said that the bail of the girl should be annulled and requested the court not to allow more time to police to submit the challan. Earlier, the court of the additional sessions judge in Islamabad reserved its judgment over the Monday’s hearing.

Senior civil judge Amir Aziz issued an order for the investigation to be conducted by an officer of the superintendent of police (SP) rank.

Rao Abdul Rahim, the counsel for the accuser, reminded the court that the police had already asked for more time to submit the challan. Another lawyer for petitioner told the court that his client, Hammad Malik, was being threatened by the IG and other officers at the police station.