ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday rejected a petition against Prime Minister Imran Khan that had accused him of committing blasphemy.
IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah had reserved the verdict in Advocate Saleemullah Khan’s petition on Thursday and announced it on Friday, declaring it unfit for trial.
The petitioner had urged the court to disqualify the prime minister under Article 62 (1)(e) and (f). He had cited some remarks made by Prime Minister Imran in the past and declared that they were blasphemous in nature, adding that he “does not possess adequate knowledge of Islam”.
“A person’s faith or belief is not open to be questioned by any other person. Moreover, a mistake or error committed by a person while addressing a public gathering cannot be treated as blasphemous when the facts and circumstances clearly establish that he or she could not have intended to commit such an offense,” ruled the court.
“Faith or religious belief is a personal matter and should not be questioned by others. Likewise, extreme caution has to be exercised in making allegations relating to blasphemy,” the verdict noted.
It said the adequacy of Islamic knowledge cannot be measured or determined by a court. It dismissed the petition on the basis of being frivolous.