A man, resident of the capital city, has approached the Islamabad High Court (IHC) asking it to fix the time period for the trial of blasphemy cases in the country.
According to the details, the resident of the capital city of Islamabad Hafiz Ehtesham, through his lawyer Tariq Asad, filed the petition in the high court on Wednesday. In the petition, he took the stance that several cases related to the blasphemy are being heard by the higher courts of the country for many years now. The judgment on such cases takes years to come and this may lead to anarchy.
The petitioner had requested the Islamabad High Court to direct the concerned authorities to make a law to fix the trial period for such cases. In the petition, he maintained that the anti-terrorism courts should announce their judgments on the blasphemy cases in a month.
The secretary of the Interior Ministry, anti-terrorism courts, and the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) have been named as the respondents in the case.
It is pertinent to mention here that the petition has been filed in the high court days after a man was shot dead at a Peshawar court during the hearing of a blasphemy case against him.
According to the details of the case, Tahir Ahmed Naseem, 47, a resident of Pishtakhara appeared before the court of Judge Shaukatullah when a man barged in and opened fire on him. Naseem died on the spot in the courtroom.
The details further said that Naseem was initially arrested in April 2018 after a local resident of the area accused him of blasphemy. A case had been registered against Naseem under Section 295-A (deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs), 295-B (defiling of the Holy Quran), and 295-C (use of derogatory remarks against the Holy Prophet PBUH) of the Pakistan Penal Code.
The shooter who was identified as Khalid Khan has been arrested and in police custody on physical remand.