Christian woman’s seven year death row ordeal over glass of water argument EXTENDED

A CHRISTIAN woman’s seven year ordeal on death row has been extended after a court dismissed an appeal for a new hearing.

PUBLISHED: 10:01, Sat, May 6, 2017

Asia Bibi’s death row ordeal has been extended

Asia Bibi’s death row ordeal has been extended

Asia Bibi, who has been on death row since 2010, was accused of making derogatory comments about the Prophet Mohammed during an argument with a Muslim woman over a glass of water.Campaigners have called for the mother-of-two to be hanged as her case continues to be held up in Pakistan’s courts.

Mrs Bibi’s attorney Saiful Malook says Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar declined his client’s request for an early appeal hearing sparking fears for the Christian’s life.

I have been informed that the plea was declined by the CJP

Asia Bibi’s attorney Saiful Malook

If the Supreme Court upholds Mrs Bibi’s conviction her only chance at survival is to appeal to Pakistan’s president for clemency.Mr Malook said: “I have been informed that the plea was declined by the CJP.”

The mother of five, also known as Aasiya Noreen, will become the first woman in Pakistan to be lawfully executed for blasphemy if the death penalty is carried out.

More than 600,000 people have signed a petition called for Mrs Bibi to be releasedAFP

More than 600,000 people have signed a petition called for Mrs Bibi to be released

Mrs Bibi's case has gone around the worldAFP

Mrs Bibi’s case has gone around the world

More than 600,000 people have signed a petition called for Mrs Bibi to be released.Her hearing has been delayed at least seven times in the last two years.

Joseph Nadeem, executive director of the Renaissance Education Foundation, told the Asia-based Catholic news outlet ucanews.com: “This is very unfortunate. Her husband became quiet when he heard the latest developments.

Asia Biba's husband Ashiq Masih went into hiding as campaigners called for his wife to be hangedAFP

Asia Biba’s husband Ashiq Masih went into hiding as campaigners called for his wife to be hanged

“We shall again apply for the hearing and keep struggling for justice.“There are many factors at work behind the slow pace of judiciary. Her case has been in the doldrums due to huge pressure.

“There will be a strong reaction if Bibi is freed, opposing groups have made it a matter of honour and ego.”

Critics of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws say they have long been used by individuals and groups to settle disputes.Lawyer Naeem Shakir told ucanews.com: “Such atrocities have become routine. The plight of Bibi has had a dampening effect on minorities.

“Their grief cannot be addressed because of religious retrogressive and extremist groups. Islamists consider her freedom a defeat for their movement.”

One Comment Add yours

  1. tonytran2015 says:

    So do they still want Muslim immigrants for White countries?

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