Pakistan Supreme Court Reserves Judgment in Aasia Bibi Case

Today, 8 October, the Supreme Court of Pakistan reserved judgment in the blasphemy case lodged against death-row convict Aasia Bibi.

Bibi,  a mother of four, became the first woman to be sentenced to death when she was convicted of blasphemy in November 2010.

Her case has outraged Christians worldwide and been a source of division within Pakistan, where two politicians who sought to help Bibi were assassinated, including Punjab governor Salman Taseer, who was shot by his own bodyguard.

The ultra-religious Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP) party, which makes punishing blasphemy its main campaign rallying cry and lionises the bodyguard who killed Taseer, warned the court against any “concession or softness” for Bibi.

“If there is any attempt to hand her over to a foreign country, there will be terrible consequences,” TLP said in a statement.

During the two hours, 45 minutes hearing, a three-judge special bench highlighted several discrepancies in the statements of prosecution and court witnesses in the case.

An expert in criminal law, Justice Khosa noted that the prosecution case was weak due to discrepancies in the statements of their witnesses. The statements, he observed, lacked details about the quarrel between Aasia and the accusers.

Justice Khosa pointed out that there were two versions about the filing of the complaint: the first one said the application was given to police near a river while the second stated that the application was submitted in a police station.

Bibi was sentenced to death for allegedly making derogatory remarks about Islam after neighbours objected to her drinking water from their glass because she was not Muslim.

Bibi has always denied blaspheming and her representatives have claimed she was involved in a dispute with her neighbours and that her accusers had contradicted themselves.

Based on reports by The Express Tribune and Reuters.

Pakistan Supreme Court Suspends Asia Bibi Death Sentence

Pakistan’s supreme court has suspended the death sentence passed on Asia Bibi when she was found guilty of blasphemy in 2010. The court has granted her leave to appeal and has ordered an examination of all records pertaining to the incident that led to the charge of blasphemy, according to her lawyer.

Asia Bibi’s husband fears locals will beat her to death even if she is acquitted. He claims clerics have put a bounty on her head.

Asia Bibi Faces Supreme Court

Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi, who was sentenced to death for blasphemy after proclaiming her faith in God, has been given the chance to appeal for her freedom after spending six years in prison.

The 50-year-old Bibi, a mother of five children, will face the Pakistan Supreme Court on Wednesday, July 22, to challenge for one last time her penalty of death by hanging, and to plead that she be freed.

We urge you to sign a petition in support of her.