SC acquits blasphemy accused for want of proof

ISLAMABAD –  The Supreme Court on Friday acquitted a blasphemy accused due to insufficient evidence. A two-judge bench comprising Justice Dost Muhammad Khan and Justice Qazi Faez Isa heard the appeal of a prisoner, Muhammad Mansha, who was sentenced to life.

It was alleged by the prosecution that the accused had burnt pages of Holy Quran. Mansha was accused of burning the pages of the holy book of Muslims in Bahawalnagar. The Sessions Court Bahawalnagar awarded life imprisonment to Mansha, which was maintained by the Lahore High Court in 2014. 

Justice Dost stated during the Ziaul Haq regime people used to be tied to trees and flogged. The nation is still suffering due to extremism, he added.

Justice Dost remarked that a person who levelled a baseless allegation of blasphemy ona others, in fact he himself did the blasphemy and liable to be punished.

Justice Faez pointed out that the crime scene witness was deaf and dumb.

The prosecutor informed that the person who levelled charges was cousin of the accused. Justice Faez said that nowadays a man may kill his own brother.

The accused person’s counsel, Rizwan Ejaz contended that the FIR of the alleged incident was registered after four days on 29th September,

2008 and at that time the accused was 47 year old, the case was registered against his client and he remained in jail for nine years. He complained that his client had become old, but the jail authorities were taking hard labour from him.

Justice Dost said it was cruelty to take hard work from over 60-year-old prisoners. He said that there should be legislation barring jail authorities from taking hard labour from old prisoners. The court after hearing the arguments acquitted the accused.


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