Lahore: Blasphemy accused granted bail
LAHORE: Lahore High Court Justice Muhammad Anwarul Haq on Thursday granted bail to Shahid Hassan Sheikh, a resident of Batapur, who is accused of burning pages of the holy Quran.
The judge ordered to release the accused upon furnishing of surety bonds in the sum of Rs 200,000 for his bail. The counsel for the accused submitted that his client had been falsely implicated in the case.
He said that the complainant, Ahsan Nawab, implicated Sheikh in the case on the behest of Malik Iftikhar, a person whom the accused had rented a shop.
Iftikhar got Sheikh and two of his employees implicated in the fake case, the counsel said, adding that the accused and the two employees were from a rival sect, and the complainant had a grudge against over it.
The counsel said two co–accused of the applicant had already been released on bail. He added that the applicant was behind bars for the last four months and the trial had still not concluded, and in these circumstances the accused deserved bail.
However, the prosecutor, while opposing the bail application, submitted that the police had recovered a stick from the accused which they were using to burn the pages of the holy Quran.
He said two pages and some ashes of burnt pages were also recovered from them, which serve as a proof of the occurrence of the incident.