Mian Saqib Nisar Chief Justice of Pakistan on Tuesday took notice of the “damage of lives and property caused to the general public” in rampage that followed the court’s acquittal of Asia Bibi last week.
On October 31, the Supreme Court of Pakistan acquitted Asia Bibi — a Christian woman previously sentenced to death on blasphemy charges — after accepting her appeal against her sentence.
The top court’s decision displeased reliogio-political parties including the Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) which had taken to the streets and acted violent sit-ins and protests across the country.
The protests had at times grown rapidly into rampage with marchers setting vehicles on fire and on one occasion even looting the push cart of a child selling bananas.
The chief justice, according to SC spokesperson, today took notice of the “losses of property and lives produced to general public” with determine to “recompense the sufferers who lost their valuables or properties during the tragic incidents”.
The notice was taken on media reports; “the substantial losses were caused to the general public in the wake of the apex court’s verdict in the Asia Bibi case,” the court added.
Moreover, the chief justice has directed the Federal and Provincial Governments to equip within three days their reports specifying the valued losses.