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Published On: Thu, Jul 23rd, 2015

Supreme Court of Pakistan has stayed execution of Asia Bibi on blasphemy charges

Asia Bibi has been granted leave to appeal her death sentence by the Supreme Court of Pakistan. There is still some serious legal process to follow before she can be acquitted, but this action is a serious step in the right direction.

Asia Bibi sentenced to death pakistan Asia is in a much more hopeful position now but the process will be long and drawn out. Please continue to pray for her. By excepting her appeal the Court has inferred that their is a possibility for grounds for Asia being exonerated.

According to Naveed Azim with the British Pakistani Christian Association (BPCA):

“The Supreme Court of Pakistan has stayed execution of Asia Bibi on blasphemy charges. The full bench of Supreme Court ordered in today’s hearing issued orders to stop implementation of death sentence till next order. I am pleased at this decision. it is obvious that international pressure led to this amazing decision and I thank all people who have called for her freedom. Sister Asia will have to spend more time in jail, but her freedom is now a real possibility and I believe only a matter of time.”

Asia Bibi is a mother of five who was gang-raped, beaten and has served 5 years imprisonment for saying: “My Christ died for me, what did Muhammad do for you?” whilst being insulted for her faith, became the only victim of this sad and notorious incident. Her words have deemed by most religious experts from all faiths to be a harmless question that exhibits little to qualify as a blasphemy, yet Asia has been forced to cook her own food from raw ingredients and to live in isolation due to significant threats, bullying and attempts at taking her life.

The imam who preached hatred towards her through a public tannoy inciting people to hatred and who forced the blasphemy charges to be laid against her; the women who first beat her and insulted her God which she could not bear despite absorbing all personal insults; and the rapists who cruelly tortured and dishonoured her have all kept their freedom.

This is the last chance for freedom through legal process for Asia Bibi, and many humanitarians are questioning whether or not a Supreme Court Judge will vindicate poor Asia, in a society that has created pariah status for alleged blasphemers, especially Christians.

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