The Supreme Court on Wednesday acquitted Asia Bibi, a Christian woman sentenced to death over blasphemy allegations. Announcing the judgment, the three-judge special bench ordered, “If Asia Bibi is not involved in any other case then she be released immediately.”
The Supreme Court on Wednesday announced its verdict on the 2014, final appeal filed against Asia Bibi’s execution on blasphemy charges.
Due to sensitivity of matter the government has made necessary arrangements of securities and Islamabad Red Zone has also been sealed due to security concerns. The road from Rawal Dam roundabout to Red Zone has also been closed for traffic by placing containers to block the passage.
Special bench headed by Chief Justice Saqib Nisar, including Justice Asif Saeed Khosa and Justice Mazhar Alam Khan Miankhel announced the judgment.
Earlier on October 8, court has reserved the verdict on Bibi’s appeal challenges the Lahore High Court’s October 2014 verdict of upholding a trial court’s November 2010 decision of sentencing Bibi to death for committing blasphemy. Asia Bibi, a Christian accused of blasphemy under Section 295-C of the Pakistan Penal Code for allegedly defaming Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him), eight years ago, was awarded death penalty.
Accused made three “defamatory and sarcastic” statements about the Holy Prophet on June 14, 2009 during an argument with three Muslim women (She was asked to fetch water, but the Muslim women objected, saying that as a non-Muslim she was unfit to touch the water bowl)., while the four of them were picking fruit in a field in Sheikhupura. The women later went to a local cleric and accused Bibi of blasphemy against the Holy Prophet. Bibi was convicted and sentenced to death in 2010 and has been in jail ever since.
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