By Haseeb Bhatti
A day after religio-political parties criticised and threatened the judiciary following the top court’s acquittal of Asia Bibi on blasphemy charges, Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar asked how the court could punish someone if the charges against them could not be proven.
“I and the bench [members] are all lovers of the Prophet (peace be upon him),” CJP Nisar commented during the hearing of a separate case on Thursday.
Last night, following the sharp reaction from Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) after Asia Bibi’s acquittal, Prime Minister Imran Khan had regretted that the demonstrators had termed the chief justice “liable to be killed”.
Declaring that the elements inciting people against the judiciary and army just to enlarge their vote bank were not serving the cause of Islam, the premier had warned the groups that had mounted protests to desist from confronting the state.