Pak Outfit Demands "Death" For Judge Who Overturned Blasphemy Verdict

Supreme Court of Pakistan acquitted Aasiya Bibi from blasphemy case

Pakistan's Supreme Court is due on Wednesday to rule on the final appeal by a Christian woman sentenced to death by hanging over blasphemy allegations, a case that has drawn global attention and condemnation.

Bibi appeared to be in state of disbelief after hearing that Pakistan's Chief Justice Saqib Nisar had quashed her conviction almost eight years after she was first sentenced to death. She had gone to fetch water for herself and fellow farm workers on a hot day the previous year, but two Muslim women had refused to drink from the same container and she was accused by a mob of blasphemy. A case was filed against Bibi by an Imam in Katanwala village who alleged that Bibi had confessed to committing blasphemy, the lawyer said. "Her conviction is set aside", said Pakistan's Chief Justice Saqib Nisar in the ruling.

David Curry, CEO of Open Doors USA, an organization that lobbies on behalf of Christian minorities, said in a statement that "we are breathing a sigh of relief today".

Insulting Islam's prophet is punishable by death under Pakistani law, and blasphemy accusations stir such emotions that they are nearly impossible to defend against.

Her husband Ashiq Masih said: "I am very happy".

Freedom for Ms Bibi in Pakistan, where university students have been lynched and Christians burnt in ovens over blasphemy claims, means a life under threat by hardliners, who regularly hold demonstrations calling for her execution. "She is acquitted of all charges and if not required for any other charges she will be released forthwith". "Asia Bibi has finally been served justice".

Bibi says she was falsely accused and is very respectful of Muslims and Mohammed.

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Asia Bibi was arrested in 2009 and convicted in 2010 under section 295-C of Pakistan's penal code that punishes blasphemy against the Prophet Muhammad with the death penalty.

Street protests were spreading by mid-afternoon, paralysing parts of Islamabad, Lahore and other cities. The judgment of high court as well as trial court is reversed.

Rights groups say the blasphemy law is increasingly exploited by religious extremists as well as ordinary Pakistanis to settle personal scores.

That same year, Shahbaz Bhatti, a Christian politician, was killed for being a vocal critic of the law. In addition to citing the Quran, the judges also referenced Shakespeare's King Lear, saying Bibi was "more sinned against than sinning".

Salman Taseer, the governor of Punjab province, was shot and killed by one of his guards in 2011 for defending Bibi and criticising the misuse of the blasphemy law.

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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