Rabwah; December 19, 2023:  We had reported and followed up occasionally with updates on a police case registered in P.S. Chenab Nagar on December 06, 2022, in FIR Nr 661/22 under PPC 295-B, etc. against some very senior Ahmadi community officials, including a lady and the principal of a madrassa where children memorize the Holy Quran, Mr. Mubarak Ahmad Sani. Mr. Sani was subsequently arrested on January 07, 2023. The accused were charged under the blasphemy law PPC 295-B for the distribution of an allegedly “corrupted” translation of the Holy Quran. This applied section of the PPC provides a penalty of life imprisonment. The prime mover of the case is the notorious Hassan Muawia, brother of Hafiz Tahir Ashrafi; the Special Representative of the Prime Minister on Religious Affairs
& Interfaith Harmony.

            After the arrest of Mr. Sani, his bail plea was rejected by the sessions court and later by Justice Farooq Haidar of Lahore High Court. He has now moved the Supreme Court with a bail plea.

The trial of this case goes on in the court of ASJ Lalian, Raja Ajmal. The latest hearing was on December 19, 2023, when the police submitted the challan under section 512. The judge declared the other accused proclaimed offenders.

            The next hearing is scheduled for January 11, 2024.