Pakistan: Last Appeal for Christian Mom Sentenced to Death

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

By Joseph DeCaro, Worthy News Correspondent

(Worthy News) - A Christian mother sentenced to death in Pakistan for allegedly committing blasphemy will be given one last appeal by Pakistan's court system to avoid execution.

According to International Christian Concern, Asia Bibi has been on death row since her conviction and death sentence were announced by the Session's Court in Pujab back in 2010. Although her appeal hearing was delayed and rescheduled seven times, Justice Anwar-ul-Haq eventually confirmed Bibi's death sentence.

But now, Pakistan's Supreme Court will decide whether to grant, or reject Bibi's appeal. If granted, the court will set a future date for Bibi's appeal before deciding whether to uphold, or overturn her sentence. But if her death sentence is upheld, Bibi's only chance of avoiding execution would be by a presidential pardon.

"The case against Asia Bibi is one of the best examples of how Christians and other religious minorities are abused in Pakistan by fundamentalists wielding Pakistan's controversial blasphemy laws," said William Stark, ICC's Regional Manager for South Asia. "The blasphemy laws were originally written to protect against religious intolerance in Pakistan, but the law has warped into a tool used by extremists and others to settle personal scores or spread religious hatred against Pakistan's vulnerable religious minorities. Sadly, the vast majority of blasphemy accusations brought against Christians and others are false...."

7 thoughts on “Pakistan: Last Appeal for Christian Mom Sentenced to Death

  1. Lord we lift this Christian woman up to You! Let her message about you resonate for all who.heard her. Let their hearts be softened and ears be ready to hear the Truth, If it's your will for her life to be spared so many Will be saved, then let it be. Amen.

  2. "International Christian Concern has learned that Pakistan's Supreme Court has temporarily suspended the death sentence of Asia Bibi, a Christian mother sentenced to death under Pakistan's controversial blasphemy laws.

    "The court has granted Bibi's petition for appeal her conviction giving her a chance to be fully acquitted of the blasphemy charges that have seen her on death row since 2010.

    "... Talking to ICC after the court made its decision, Saif-ul-Malook, Bibi's Supreme Court Advocate, said, 'The standard of evidence which is required to prove [this] offence is not available in this case. Therefore, I am optimistic that the honorable court will acquit my client.'

    "'This is a procedural development and a small win for Asia that the Supreme Court has accepted her petition for review,' Peter Jacob, Executive Director of the Center for Social Justice, told ICC. 'However, the outcome of this case will now depend on how it is presented to the court....'"

    In other words, don't stop praying.

  3. Oh Lord Jesus, pour out your Presence on this precious sister in Christ to encourage her and strengthen her. Show Your Almighty hand in delivering her from this unjust sentence. Be glorified in her life either way Lord Jesus. Blessings, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit to my dear sister in Christ. Amen

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