Pakistan’s Supreme Court Delays Decision on Asia Bibi Appeal

10/12/2018 Pakistan (International Christian Concern) – On Monday, October 8, Pakistan’s Supreme Court finally heard the appeal of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman sentenced to death under the country’s notorious blasphemy laws. Bibi, who has been on death row since her conviction in 2010, remains the highest profile case of blasphemy in Pakistan and likely in the world.

The three-member bench, headed by Pakistan Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, heard arguments from Bibi’s lawyer, Saif-Ul-Malook, who pointed out the many contradictions in witnesses’ statements and tainted the evidence.

Following the hearing, the court reserved its judgment on the case and ordered all those present to refrain from commenting on the case to the media. It is thought this will avoid inflaming public opinion as the Bibi case has been the center of several controversies, including two profile assassinations.

While the world waits for the court’s final decision, many Pakistani Christians fear a potential backlash against their community. If Bibi is acquitted and released, will Pakistan’s fundamentalists take out their frustrations on the Christians that remain in Pakistan?

It’s unknown when the Supreme Court will issue its final judgement on Bibi’s appeal. All that can be done now is to patiently wait and pray for Bibi, her family, and other Pakistani Christians who may face further harassment at the hands of Pakistan’s fundamentalists.

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