Blasphemy Charges: Chinese Engineer Not Produced Before ATC For Security Reasons

Blasphemy Charges: Chinese Engineer Not Produced Before ATC For Security Reasons
In a case involving blasphemy allegations against a Chinese national, the Abbottabad Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) has ordered the joint investigation team (JIT) to present an eyewitness and a thorough report before it on April 27.

Due to security concerns, the suspect, who was detained in Upper Kohistan after a mob accused him of blasphemy earlier this week in the Kohistan area, was unable to be brought before the court.

Judge Sajjad Ahmad Jan ordered the JIT to record Yasir Ali's statement on Thursday. Ali is a translator who works as a welder at the Dasu Hydropower Project.

Additionally, the court ordered JIT to provide the report, witnesses, and the Chinese national so that it could hear the partial arguments in the event that no eyewitnesses could be brought before the court.

In the initial information report filed with Kamila Police Station in Upper Kohistan, lawyer Mohammad Yusuf presented the memo of appearance on behalf of the key eyewitnesses in the case, including Gulistan, Abdul Qadir, Shafiqur Rehman alias Shafi, and Yasir Ali, who is believed to be a translator.

He pleaded with the judge that because of the closure of the Karakoram Highway in various parts of Upper Kohistan, his clients couldn't attend court on this hearing and promised to submit power of attorney at the subsequent hearing and present the former in court.

The primary complainant in the case, Kamila Station House Officer (SHO) Naseerudden, showed up in court with the necessary documentation.

On behalf of the accused Chinese national, attorneys Atif Ali Jadoon, Mohammad Arif Masud, and the deputy public prosecutor appeared in court. There were also Ulema Jirga members in the court, including Maulanas Attaur Rehman, Waliullah Tohidi, Malik Umar, Abdul Aziz, and Abdul Jabar.

The jirga had previously been chosen to represent the Kohistani people in court.

Sections 295-C of the Pakistani Penal Code and Sections 6 and 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act were both referenced in the incident's First Information Report (FIR).

According to the FIR, some employees and their interpreters claimed that the suspect made "sacrilegious remarks" when they asked for a break to offer prayers.

A mob allegedly attempted to force its way into a Chinese camp close to Barseen on Sunday night, according to the FIR. An immediate police party arrived, cordoned off the area, apprehended the offender, and transported him to Police Station.