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Involving Army Into Matters of Court is Distressing: DG ISPR

Rawalpindi (November 02, 2018): DG ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor has stated that involving the Army of a country into the matters of Supreme Court is severely distressing. 

Director General Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor said that SC’s verdict acquitting Asia Bibi is a legal matter and it is unfortunate that the military is dragged into every issue.

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Badmouthing The Army Is Very Deploring, DG ISPR

Badmouthing The Army Is Very Deploring, DG ISPR

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“It is a legal matter and it will be better if the law is allowed to run its course on the matter,” Major added.

“All Muslims love the Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) and there can be no compromise on that,” he asserted. “Islam teaches us peace, forgiveness and love,” he added.

Furthermore, Major General Ghafoor said, “Peace will be maintained across the country.”Earlier on October 31, Supreme Court acquitted Asia Bibi, a Christian woman sentenced to death over blasphemy allegations. The verdict on her final appeal against her execution was reserved by a special three-member bench.

Following the verdict, the protesters took to the streets and blocked main roads in different cities. On November 01, protesters filed a review petition against the Supreme Court verdict.

The petition, filed in the Supreme Court’s Lahore Registry, argued that Asia Bibi had confessed to her crime during interrogation. It also asked the apex court to review its decision and place her name on the Exit Control List (ECL).

The government decided on Thursday (November 01) to hold talks with the protesters holding sit-ins across country against the acquittal of Asia Bibi.

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A five-member committee comprising ministers Fawad Chaudhry, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Shyeryar Afridi, Noor-ul-Haq Qadri and Mehboob Sultan has been constituted to hold talks with protesters.

The minister for religious affairs will meet with the protesters while the premier will overlook the dialogue process himself, the sources further said.

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Prime Minister Imran Khan will himself monitor the progress. After reviewing the overall situation in the country, the report said, the premier decided to settle the issue amicably.

After the meeting, addressing a press conference, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry reiterated Prime Minister Imran Khan’s call for calm as the protests against the verdict entered second day. Fawad appealed to the agitators to end the protests, urging them not to harm public properties and lives. He said violence was never an option but stressed the government would have to “use tough measures if the state’s writ is at stake”.

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The federal minister said that the opposition and all state institutions were standing behind the government’s stance.

The information minister said that the government committee met with Pakistan People’s Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz President Shehbaz Sharif and briefed them on the situation regarding the ongoing protests in the country.

Religious parties are staging protests in major cities across the country for third day following the top court’s verdict. Roads have been blocked and educational institutes have been closed due to the protests.

Tensions have gripped major parts of the country owing to the ongoing crisis after a Supreme Court ruling overturning Asia Bibi’s death penalty led to protests from religious hardliners. Roads have been blocked and educational institutes have been closed due to the protests.On Wednesday October 31, PM Imran backed the Supreme Court’s decision in the Asia Bibi case and warned protesters against clashing with the state.

Imran Khan appealed Nation on Wednesday to remain peaceful and warned protesters that state will establish its writ if they don’t call off their protests.

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