Saturday, 27 June 2015

Obstacle in Justice:The filed bail petition for mentally ill blasphemy accused withdrew without decision

LAHORE: On 24 May , 2015 a blasphemy case FIR number 424/2015 under section 295 B PPC registered at Police Station Gulshan Ravi,Lahore against a mentally unstable Christian man,Humayun Faisal (30).On 6 June LEAD's lawyers filed bail petition in the Court of Session Judge,Lahore which was fixed for 27 June for final arguments in the Court of Mr. Mubashar Nadeem Khan,Additional and Session Judge,Lahore after waiting a number of hearing for police record.

Yesterday 27 June early in the morning Sardar Mushtaq Gill,Human Rights Defender and Advocate High Court along with team of LEAD Mr. Aric John, Advocate High Court,Mr. Rana Adnan, Advocate High Court and court clerk Mr. Qaiser Younas appeared in the court for final arguments and it was disclosed that their power of attorney was superseded by some other lawyers who did not want to get him release from jail.The judge asked about arguments on bail petition and the lawyer said they wanted to draw back it.The bail petition was withdrawn without any decision of court.

In March 2013,a case under section 295-C PPC registered against a Christian sweeper Sawan Masih and for his release a bail petition was filed by LEAD's lawyers and in the same way after making superseding the power of attorney of LEAD's lawyers the bail was withdrawn back without any decision of court.

There is a group of non-lawyers who just work on such cases and issues for their own motives and objectives instead of work for justice and get relief for victims.From blasphemy cases to rape cases,the same practice is going on recently in a gang-rapped case of Jaranwala,it was come on surfaced that there was one kind of obstacle in the way of seeking justice for victims is from the same group who first worked on it.

In this case a large number of people gathered on the spot and some of them even tried to burn him alive but on the intervention of police , he was saved. Later a charged mob reached the house of the accused and recorded their protest.The mob, some armed with deadly weapons, chanted slogans of Allah-o-Akbar also resorted to aerial firing. They looted around 15 houses in the area.Fearing for their lives, most residents left their houses .

There is a long history of religion-based trouble in the county and Lahore and its surroundings have been at the center of some ugly faith-related incidents in the recent past.

In March 2013, Christian residents of Joseph Colony, Lahore, were attacked, leading to destruction of Christian homes on a large scale.
In November 2014, a Christian couple was burnt alive to death in Kot Radha Kishan after a false allegation of desecration of Quranic pages.

Then in March this year, police was posted at various churches in the wake of violence following twin suicide attacks in two churches in Youhanabad.

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