The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has demanded immediate withdrawal of cases registered against senior leaders of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).
A statement issued by the HRCP said that cases against senior PTI leaders have been registered under Section 295A. The HRCP says no government or political party can afford to use blasphemy charges against opponents as a weapon.
It is to be remembered that Punjab police have booked former prime minister (PM) Imran Khan and 150 others, including some members of his former cabinet, in connection with the jeering of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and his delegation at Masjid-e-Nabwi in Saudi Arabia, officials said.
According to a local media report, a case has been registered against former prime minister Imran Khan and former interior minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed Fawad Chaudhry Qasim Suri Shahbaz Gill under section 295A.
Punjab police on Saturday night registered an FIR against Imran Khan and 150 others, including former federal ministers Fawad Chaudhry and Sheikh Rasheed, former adviser to the prime minister Shahbaz Gill, former deputy speaker of the National Assembly Qasim Soori, and his close aides in London, Anil Musarrat and Sahibzada Jehangir, officials said.
The case has been registered at a police station in Faisalabad, on the complaint of local resident Naeem Bhatti on the charges of desecration of the Prophet’s mosque in Madina, hooliganism and hurting the sentiments of Muslims, they said.