Pak will respect SC’s decision in Aasia Bibi case: PM to EP president


— PM tells EP president of Pakistan’s grievances with blasphemous caricatures

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan, Tuesday night, told European Parliament (EP) President Antonio Tajani that Pakistan resolves to respect the decision of the Supreme Court in the Aasia Bibi case, a Christian blasphemy convict who was acquitted in a landmark decision last month,  it was reported in a notification issued by the PM House.

In a phone conversation, he assured that she and her family were entitled to their legal rights.

Tajani thanked PM Imran for ensuring that the acquitted convict was safe amid the ruckus caused by far-right parties following her acquittal, adding that the debate on the issue in the EU Parliament has been postponed.

Meanwhile, the prime minister raised the issue of blasphemous cartoons, adding that they hurt sentiments of the Muslim community and there is a need to double efforts to curb down such incidents in European countries, in light of the Dutch caricatures contest that was later cancelled.

He also welcomed the European Court of Human Right’s recent decision not to allow acts of blasphemy under the cloak of the right to freedom of expression, calling for interfaith harmony with European countries.

Later, Tajani shared on Twitter:  “I spoke to the Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan. He assured me that Aasia Bibi and her family are safe and well. We fully agreed on the need to respect all religions, everywhere in the world.”