“We are not judges just for Muslims, no proof, no punishment”: CJP Saqib Nisar

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ISLAMABAD: Realising the harsh reaction from relious clerics and organisation against the Supreme Court’s decision in Asia Bibi case, Chief Justice Saqib Nisar has remarked on Thursday just to pacify the hostile situation that how the court could punish someone if the charges against them could not be proven.

“I and the bench [members] are all lovers of the Prophet (peace be upon him),” CJP Nisar commented during the hearing of a separate case on Thursday.

Last night, following the sharp reaction from Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) after Asia Bibi’s acquittal, Prime Minister Imran Khan had regretted that the demonstrators had termed the chief justice “liable to be killed”.

Declaring that the elements inciting people against the judiciary and army just to enlarge their vote bank were not serving the cause of Islam, the premier had warned the groups that had mounted protests to desist from confronting the state.

“We are ready to sacrifice ourselves for the Prophet’s (PBUH) honour. But we are not judges only for Muslims,” Justice Nisar asserted. “If there is no proof against someone, how can we punish them?”

“We began our judgement with the first kalma. We do not love the Prophet (PBUH) any less than anyone else. We have judges on our bench who are always reciting the Durood Sharif. Our faith is incomplete without our faith in our Prophet (PBUH),” he said.

Justice Nisar said that the judgement had also been written in Urduso that ordinary citizens could read it and understand it. “I have not seen God, but I have learned to recognise Him through the Prophet’s (PBUH) guidance. Will every person now have to provide proof of their faith?” he asked.