A petition challenging the acquittal of Asia Bibi—who has been charged with blasphemy charges—has been dismissed by the Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday.
Chief Justice of Pakistan Asif Saeed Khosa said: “Based on merit, this review petition is dismissed.”
The review petition against the acquittal of Asia Bibi was heard by a three-member bench of the Supreme Court headed by the Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa and comprising Justice Qazi Faiz Isa and Justice Mazhar Alam.
A cleric, Qari Abdus Salam, through his lawyer, had filed a review petition against the earlier verdict of the Supreme Court.
During the hearing of the review petition, the top judge told the lawyer of the applicant that he could point out a single mistake in the judgment of the apex court of the country.
The three-member bench of the Supreme Court had considered the top criminal law experts of the country who helped the bench in drafting the decision to acquit Asia Bibi.
The allegations on Asia Bibi came on the surface back in 2009 after two Muslim women accused her of blasphemy. The case against her drew the attention of some international rights groups and became the most high-profile case of Pakistan.
After the judgment of the Supreme Court in October 2018 to overturn Asia Bibi’s conviction, many Islamic scholars and their followers staged violent demonstrations across the country.