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Pakistan’s Supreme Court Suspends Christian Mother’s Death Sentence

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Asia Bibi’s Blasphemy Appeal to be Decided on the Merits

7/22/2015 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) –
International Christian Concern (ICC) 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.

The proceedings took place at the registry branch of the Supreme Court in Lahore earlier today where a three-member bench headed by Justice Main Sazib Nazir accepted Bibi’s petition for the review of her case. 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.”

For many, the blasphemy case against Bibi has become symbolic of how Pakistan’s blasphemy laws are widely abused and of how religious minorities are persecuted. The accusation against Bibi originates from a dispute that took place in June 2009 between Bibi and a group of Muslim women with whom she was harvesting berries in Sheikhupura. The Muslim women became angry with Bibi when she, a Christian whom they considered unclean, drank water from the same water bowl as the Muslim women. An argument between Bibi and the Muslim women ensued and later the Muslim women reported to a local cleric that Bibi had blasphemed against Islam by saying, “My Christ died for me, what did Muhammed do for you?”

Bibi has been on death row since her conviction and death sentence were announced by the Session’s Court in District Nankana, Pujab, in 2010. Her appeal hearing was held in October 2014 at the Lahore High Court. At that appeal, Justice Anwar-ul-Haq, one member of a two-judge bench, passed a short order confirming Bibi’s death sentence.

In response to the court’s decision, Molvi Muhammad Salam, the applicant against Bibi, said, “I submitted the application to cancel Asia’s petition against her sentence, however I have no objection over [the] court’s decision and will accept it on its merits.”

“Now [the] government must share the responsibility [so] that the case is not influenced by [forces] outside of the court,” Peter Jacob continued. “If [the] government chooses to educate the public on the misuse of the blasphemy laws, then Asia’s case is the best opportunity to repair some of the damages that have been caused by abusing this law.”

For the Christian community of Pakistan, the court’s decision today provides hope for a better future. “This decision is a source of hope for [the] Christian community,” Attaurhman Saman, Communications Coordinator at the National Commission for Justice and Peace, told ICC. “Once again, it shows that these laws have been misused by different actors to settle their personal scores. We hope the defense counsel will prove that Bibi is innocent and will highlight the mistreatment of this case by the lower courts.”

“I am very much happy for this great news and it is a big relieve for us,” Ashiq Masih, Bibi’s husband told ICC. “The whole family is thankful to God for listening to our prayers. We hope that justice will be done and Asia will finally be proved innocent.”

ICC’s Regional Manager for South Asia, William Stark, said,

The court’s decision to grant Asia Bibi’s appeal is great news for both Asia Bibi and Pakistan’s Christian community. Pakistan’s blasphemy laws are widely abused by extremists seeking to settle personal scores or incite religious hatred against the country’s vulnerable religious minorities.
Historically, pressure from Islamic radical groups and general discrimination against Christians has made courts in Pakistan little more than rubber stamps for blasphemy accusations brought against Christians, regardless of the evidence brought to bear in the case.
Today’s decision by the Supreme Court shows that at least Pakistan’s highest court is willing to resist these pressures and decide Bibi’s case on the merits. If decided on the merits, ICC believes that the court’s only conclusion will be to acquit.
That decision will lay a foundation for practical steps towards religious harmony in Pakistan and will be a signal that justice will prevail over extremism and intolerance in Pakistan’s courts even when a religious minority is accused of blasphemy.

For interviews, contact William Stark, Regional Manager for South Asia: RM-SAsia@persecution.org

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Update on Asia Bibi

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Pakistan (MNN) — Asia Bibi, a Christian woman and mother of five children, lost her appeal with the Lahore High Court in Pakistan on Thursday. It means her death sentence on a blasphemy conviction stands.

The Voice of the Martyrs USA says her lawyers now have 30 days to file an appeal with Pakistan’s Supreme Court in Islamabad, the highest court in the land. It starts into motion a long appeal process that is expected to take years of more waiting.

During the hearing, nearly 2,000 mullahs gathered outside the court to put pressure on the judges. When she learned the outcome, Asia Bibi told VOM contacts, “Please do something. It’s been so long, and I want to be with my children.” Many humanitarian advocates warn that even if the court should rule in Bibi’s favor, she may be made an assassination target for Muslim extremists.

Bibi has been convicted of blasphemy for drinking from the same bowl of water as Muslims and making derogatory comments about the prophet Muhammad.

According to the original VOM report: read here Update on Asia Bibi – Mission Network News.

Death Sentence of Christian Mother Convicted of Blasphemy Confirmed by Pakistani High Court 

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Lawyers of Asia Bibi Plan Appeal to Pakistan’s Supreme Court

10/16/2014 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that the conviction and death sentence of Asia Bibi, a Christian mother of five convicted under Pakistan’s blasphemy laws, has been upheld by the Lahore High Court. Many human rights and religious freedom organizations, who consider Mrs. Bibi’s case a symbol of the persecution faced by Christians in Pakistan and how Pakistan’s blasphemy laws are often abused, are disappointed by the court’s decision.

Mrs. Bibi has been on death row awaiting appeal since her conviction and death sentence were announced by the Session’s Court in District Nankana, Pujab, in October 2010. Her appeal hearing, originally scheduled to take place on March 17, 2014, was delayed and rescheduled seven times, but was finally held today, October 16.

After four hours of hearing the arguments from lawyers on both sides of the appeal, Justice Anwar-ul-Haq, one member of a two-judge bench hearing the appeal, passed a short order confirming Mrs. Bibi’s death sentence. “A two-judge bench of the Lahore High Court dismissed the appeal of Asia Bibi but we will file an appeal in the Supreme Court of Pakistan,” Mrs. Bibi’s lawyer, Shakir Chaudhry, told AFP. Mrs. Bibi and her lawyers now have 30 days to file an appeal with the Supreme Court of Pakistan.

Over a dozen Islamic clerics, including Qari Saleem who brought forward the initial complaint against Mrs. Bibi, were present in the court. “We will soon distribute sweets among our Muslim brothers for today’s verdict, it’s a victory [for] Islam,” Saleem told AFP after the court announced its decision.

The blasphemy accusation against Mrs. Bibi originates from a dispute that took place in June 2009 between Mrs. Bibi and a group of Muslim women with whom she had been harvesting berries in Sheikhupura. The Muslim women became angry with Mrs. Bibi when she, a Christian whom they considered unclean, drank water from the same water bowl as the Muslims. An argument between Mrs. Bibi and the Muslim women ensued and later the Muslim women reported to a local cleric that Mrs. Bibi had blasphemed against Islam.

Now that Mrs. Bibi’s death sentence and conviction have been confirmed by the Lahore High Court, the case can only be appealed to Pakistan’s Supreme Court. The Supreme Court is more insulated from the growing religious extremism that often holds heavy influence Pakistan’s trail courts causing many to hope the Supreme Court will be adjudicate Mrs. Bibi’s case on the merits of the case. If the death sentence and conviction is confirmed by the Supreme Court, which many Christian and human rights organizations see as unlikely, Mrs. Bibi will be the first woman in Pakistan to be lawfully executed for violating Pakistan’s blasphemy laws.

ICC’s Regional Manager for South Asia, William Stark, said, “The case against Asia Bibi is a great example of how Christians and other religious minorities are abused in Pakistan by fundamentalists wielding the controversial blasphemy laws. 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 and persecute Pakistan’s vulnerable religious minorities. Sadly, the vast majority of blasphemy accusations brought against Christians and others are false. Unfortunately, pressure from Islamic radical groups and general discrimination against Christians in Pakistan has transformed trial courts and now appeals courts into little more than rubber stamps for blasphemy accusations brought against Christians, regardless of the evidence brought to bear in the case.”

For interviews, contact William Stark, Regional Manager for South Asia: RM-SAsia@persecution.org
You are free to disseminate this news story. We request that you reference International Christian Concern (ICC) and include our web address, www.persecution.org. ICC is a Washington D.C.-based human rights organization that exists to help persecuted Christians worldwide. ICC provides Awareness, Advocacy, and Assistance to the worldwide persecuted Church. For additional information or for an interview, contact ICC at 800-422-5441.