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Asia Bibi, a Christian woman sentenced to death in Pakistan after being accused of blasphemy, has petitioned Pakistan’s Supreme Court to hold the final hearing of her case in the first week of June. Bibi’s case has been highly contentious since its beginning in 2009 and truly cuts to the heart of the debate over Pakistan’s notorious blasphemy laws. Many experts claim Pakistan’s blasphemy laws are abused and are often used to settle personal scores or incite religious hatred. Often, when a religious minority is accused of blasphemy, the accusation is merely a prelude to mob violence against entire religious minority communities. Will the Supreme Court take up Bibi’s final hearing in June? 

04/24/2017 Pakistan (The Christian Times) – The Supreme Court of Pakistan may hear the blasphemy case of Asia Bibi in June after it was postponed last year because one of the three judges decided to quit the bench.

Bibi was sentenced to death by a court in the district of Nankana in 2010 after her Muslim co-workers accused her of insulting the Islamic prophet Muhammad back in 2009, The Christian Post reported.

The Christian mother took her case to the country’s Supreme Court after the two-member bench of Lahore High Court upheld the death sentence in 2014.

Her appeal was postponed in October 2016 when Justice Iqbal Hameed-ur-Rehman retired from the case because he said he was also a part of the bench in the case of the murder of Punjab Governor Salman Taseer, who was assassinated in 2011 for his support of Bibi.

Saiful Malook, Bibi’s lawyer, said that the “the request to reopen the hearing was submitted to the President of the Supreme Court of Pakistan last week” and that the case could resume in the first week of June.

“The case continues to be postponed due to the problems of this country. We are in the midst of a continuing war between Islam and Kufr (infidels). But our hopes for her release are many,” the lawyer added.

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