Chief Justice of Pakistan seeks report on damages during protests
Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Saqib Nisar, while taking notice of vandalism in reaction to the Asia Bibi case verdict, Tuesday sought a report from federal and provincial governments on damage caused to public and private property during last week's countrywide protests. The chief justice took notice for the sake of compensating affected people, read a statement issued by the Supreme Court.
Protests had erupted in several cities after the Supreme Court acquitted Asia Bibi, a Christian woman who had been sentenced to death on blasphemy charges, on October 31. Enraged masses had blocked several routes across the country for two days, while at some places they had also set fire to vehicles. The demonstrations saw closure of schools, colleges and universities, as well as cancellation of examinations.
The law enforcement agencies had rounded up around 1800 individuals by Monday night. The Interior Minister had said that the arrestees had been booked under the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA).