The judgment is very interesting. According to The Express Tribune, the judge said: “A proven blasphemer is wajib-ul-qatal (liable to be killed). He cannot be forgiven. Only the Holy Prophet (PUBH) himself can forgive him. However at this stage two questions arise. Firstly, can a person who is leading a sinful life be termed an apostate? Secondly, if he is deemed an apostate, then who will execute him?
“Obviously individuals cannot be given the authority to judge someone an apostate, infidel or non-Muslim. Moreover, individuals can not be allowed to execute the punishment on such persons because it will pave the way for anarchy, turmoil, restlessness and lawlessness in society. Therefore the defence plea in this regard is not helpful to the accused.”
As the United Nations wants abolition of capital punishment in the world and about two-thirds of the countries of the world reportedly endorse it. The ruling Pakistan People's Party – whose founder Z.A. Bhutto was a victim of this inhuman judicial practice – had expressed the desire to abolish death sentence after coming into power. But since they came into power nothing has been done in this regard so far.
Isn't it the right time?