Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Monday blocked the execution of a paranoid schizophrenic murder convict pending a review of an earlier ruling that his condition was not a permanent mental disorder and therefore not legally relevant, his lawyers said.
He was due to be executed Wednesday, according to execution orders issued last week.
But the Supreme Court agreed to review an October 21 ruling on Ali’s final appeal, when the court ruled that schizophrenia did not fall within Pakistan’s legal definition of mental disorders.
In an almost predictable turn of events the Sunni courts in Pakistan have cleared a Sunni cleric who was charged under the notorious Blasphemy laws.
A Pakistan court on Saturday acquitted a Muslim cleric who accused a Christian girl of blasphemy before he himself was arrested on similar charges, a lawyer said.
The girl, Rimsha Masih, was arrested in August 2012 for allegedly burning pages containing Koranic verses but the case against her, which drew widespread international condemnation, was quashed.
Hafiz Mohammed Khalid Chishti, the cleric who made the allegations, was accused of desecrating the Koran and tampering with the evidence against Rimsha.
Foxnews.com further reports that Hafiz Mohammed Khalid Chishti was acquitted because the prosecution had failed to prove a case and witnesses had withdrawn their statements.
There seems to be non of the outrage in Pakistan over this man’s actions, as there was over the false allegations against the young Christian girl.
As members of the persecuted Lahore Ahmadiyya community we have to wonder if a non Sunni person in Pakistan would have been acquitted? Or is it a case that mass worldwide media attention is needed, as in the case of this young Christian girl, before Pakistan acts justly.