Published: Wed, October 31, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

SC acquits Asia bibi in blasphemy case

SC acquits Asia bibi in blasphemy case

Bibi refused, saying: "I believe in my religion and in Jesus Christ, who died on the cross for the sins of mankind. Will they let me out, really?" If she loses her final appeal, she could be put to death.

"I am very happy".

Asia Bibi, 47, had been on death row for eight years. She was convicted and sentenced to death. We are grateful to the judges for giving us justice.

Pakistan's Supreme Court on Wednesday overturned the conviction of a Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy against Islam's prophet, ordering her to be freed if she was not accused of any other crime.

"Clearly she will need asylum in a western country where she can live out the remainder of her days in peace", Wilson Chowdhry, chairman of the British Pakistani Christians Association, told CBN News. Asia Bibi responded with disbelief while talking to APF.

There was a heavy police presence at the Supreme Court in Islamabad as many feared outbreaks of violence.

Her original conviction stemmed from an argument with her Muslim women coworkers on a farm over whether Bibi, as a Christian, was pure enough to share their water.

Demonstrations broke out in major cities across the country following the verdict, with approximately a thousand club-wielding demonstrators blocking Islamabad's main highway as several roads in the port city of Karachi were barricaded by protesters sparking chaotic traffic jams.

It was claimed Mrs Bibi made three blasphemous comments about the Prophet Muhammad in the quarrel which followed.

His announcement is a victory for human rights activists, who say religious minorities in Pakistan are routinely targeted and baseless allegations of blasphemy levied against them to settle personal vendettas.

"I don't see any derogatory remarks vis-a-vis the holy Quran as per the FIR", added Chief Justice Saqib Nisar, referring to the initial complaint filed in the case.

Insulting Islam is punishable by death in Pakistan, and the mere rumor of blasphemy can ignite lynchings.

That same year, Shahbaz Bhatti, a Christian politician, was killed for being a vocal critic of the law.

The Supreme Court of Pakistan is set to announce much awaited judgment in Aasia Bibi case on Wednesday. In 2011 Punjab province governor Salman Taseer was shot and killed by one of his guards for defending Ms Bibi and criticising the misuse of the blasphemy law. In addition to citing the Quran, the judges also referenced Shakespeare's King Lear, saying Bibi was "more sinned against than sinning".

She has also been a target for hardline Islamists in Pakistan, who have vowed to retaliate if she's released.

Such protests will distract Prime Minister Imran Khan's government, which is attempting to deal with an economy in crisis owing to dwindling finances.

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