On Tuesday The Lahore High Court (LHC) settled bail to Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan chief Khadim Rizvi and former TLP patron in chief Pir Afzal Qadri in a case lodged against them for beginning a violent protest against the acquittal of Asia Bibi from blasphemy charge.

The two of firebrand religious leaders have been allowed bail against surety bonds worth Rs.5 million each.

Afzal Qadri, who had been booked under sedition and terrorism charges, had resigned from the TLP on May 1 citing health issues and; on the court’s prior directions, issued a public apology for his comments.

So, The two-member bench, including of Justice Qasim Ali Khan and Justice Asjad Javed Gharal, decided the bail to both till July 15.

And at the last hearing, the court had rejected an apology submitted by Qadri over incendiary remarks made by him during a protest against the Supreme Court’s freeing of Asia Bibi. The lawyers from both sides had completed their advice before the two-member bench.

Rizvi and Qadri were taken into “protective custody” by the state during a crackdown in November 2018 after the TLP publicized it would observe martyrs’ day on Nov 25, 2018. The arrests followed weeks after the TLP controlled three-day protests across the country against Bibi’s acquittal.

Civil Lines police had registered an FIR under sections: 290/291/353/427/186/188 of Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) and section 6 of the Sound System Punjab Ordinance 2015 against Rizvi and other leaders of the TLP for protests after Asia Bibi was acquitted by the Supreme Court in October last year. Section 7 of Anti-Terrorism Act 1997 was later added to the FIR.

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