Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan today called for an end to Islamist protests over the decision of the Supreme Court to acquit Christian Asia Bibi, who was sentenced to death for alleged blasphemy, the verdict she defended.
"Those who incite violence in pursuit of their political objectives should be rejected, I ask you not to start a confrontation with the State," the new prime minister demanded in a televised speech.
Khan said that "the decision of the Supreme Court is in accordance with the Constitution" of the country and asked how a government can lead a country when the streets are asking for the murder of judges.
"No law in this country can be contrary to the Koran and today's verdict follows that line," he said.
The politician, who took office on August 18 after winning the elections on July 25, reacted to the protests caused by the acquittal of Asia this morning.
The Supreme Court of Pakistan acquitted Asia, denounced for allegedly insulting Muhammad in 2009 and sentenced to death a year later, finding "serious contradictions" in the evidence of the accusation and "lies" in the testimony of the two women who they reported it.
After the ruling of the Supreme Court, radicals from the Islamist party Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) began to protest in several cities of the Asian country, such as Karachi (south), Lahore (east), Peshawar (northwest) and Islamabad, among others. .
One of the leaders of the BPD, Afzal Qadri, has asked that the three judges be killed, in a speech in Lahore.
In his speech, Khan said that Pakistan is the only country in the world "created in the name of Islam" and recalled the protests promoted in the past by a contest of cartoons of Muhammad in Holland.
The hard Pakistani anti-blasphemy law was established in the British colonial era to avoid religious clashes, but in the 1980s several reforms sponsored by the dictator Zia-ul-Haq favored the abuse of this rule.
Since then, there have been a thousand accusations for blasphemy, a crime that in Pakistan may carry capital punishment, although no convict has ever been executed.