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SC to take up review petition against Asia Bibi’s acquittal for hearing next week

ISLAMABAD:  The Supreme Court will hear the review petition against the apex court’s decision to overturn Asia Bibi’s conviction in a blasphemy case.

On Thursday, the SC registrar office fixed the petition seeking to review the SC’s verdict in Asia Bibi’s case for hearing on Tuesday next week.

A full bench headed by Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa will hear the petition. Justice Qazi Faez Issa and Justice Mazhar Alam Miankhel are the other members of the bench.

On October 30, 2018, the apex court had acquitted Aasia, a Christian mother condemned to death on blasphemy charges, accepting her appeal against her sentencing.

The acquittal had sparked three-day-long mass protests led by the Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP).

The TLP called off the protest after reaching an agreement with the government. As per the agreement, the government was to place Aasia’s name on the Exit Control List after a due legal process. The government also made a commitment not oppose the review petitions being filed against the SC judgement.

After her release from Multan’s women prison on November 7, Aasia Bibi was flown to Islamabad. She was then taken to an undisclosed place amid tight security. Authorities have remained tightlipped about her movement and whereabouts for security reasons.

Qari Salaam filed the review petition in the case on November 1, 2018 at the Lahore registry of the apex court, urging the SC to reconsider its decision.

The petitioner had also sought the placement of Aasia’s name on the Exit Control List (ECL) till the judgement is reviewed.

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