Pakistani High Court Grants Bail to Leaders of Islamist Group
05/15/2019 Pakistan (International Christian Concern) – The Lahore High Court has granted bail to two leaders of the Tehreek-e-Labbaik (TLP) party who were arrested last year after leading nationwide protests against the acquittal of Asia Bibi. The decision to grant bail to these leaders comes only a week after Bibi was allowed to leave Pakistan and seek asylum in Canada.
“Today, the Lahore High Court has granted bail to [Khadim Hussain] Rizvi and [Pir Afzal] Qadri in the cases of terrorism, sedition and inciting for violence,” TLP lawyer Muhammad Arif Awan told Reuters following the decision. The pair are due to be released from police custody on Wednesday.
Rizvi, the leader of the TLP, and Qadri, Razvi’s deputy, were arrested and charged with inciting terrorism and sedition in November 2018 after they led protests against the Supreme Court of Pakistan’s decision to acquit Bibi. In addition to leading the protests, the two leaders called for the assassination of the Supreme Court judges who decided to acquit Bibi, calling on their cooks and servants to kill them, as well as the overthrow of the army chief.
Bibi spent more than eight years on death row in Pakistan after she was falsely accused of committing blasphemy in June 2009. Last week, Bibi was finally allowed to leave Pakistan and seek asylum in Canada.
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