Killer Of Blasphemy Accused Says Not Interested In Bail, Asks Court For Early Trial

A teenage boy who is in police custody for killing a blasphemy-accused in a courtroom in Peshawar last month has withdrawn his bail application from the anti-terrorism court in the provincial capital, requesting the judge for an early trial in the case.

According to a report in Dawn, a team of defence counsels appeared before the judge and informed the court that the accused was not interested in pursuing his bail plea. They said their client wanted the commencement of an early trial.

At this, the court ordered the prosecution to submit the charge sheet of the case within 10 days to begin the trial.

The suspect is being kept in the Peshawar Central Prison on judicial remand.

Last week, the accused had approached the court for bail on multiple grounds. In its plea, the suspect included verses of the Holy Quran and Hadith and said those who 'committed apostasy were liable to be killed'.

The panel of lawyers for the suspect compromises Shabbir Hussain Gigyani, Mohammad Enam Yousafzai, Barrister Amirullah Khan, Qaiser Zaman Khan, Abdul Wali, Shakil Ahmadkhel and others.

The FIR of the killing was registered at the East Cantonment police station under Section 302 of the Pakistan Penal Code, Section 7 of Anti-Terrorism Act, and Section 15 of Arms Act.

On July 29, an ex-Ahmadi man was gunned down inside a courtroom by the suspect for alleged blasphemy. After the murder, the suspect had claimed that Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) 'came to his dream and asked him to kill' the man.

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