The lawyer for Asia Bibi, a Christian mother of five accused of blasphemy in Pakistan, has submitted a request to the Supreme Court to reopen her case.
Speaking to Asia News, Saiful Malook, Bibi’s lawyer, said “the request to reopen the hearing was submitted to the president of the Supreme Court of Pakistan last week.”
The case could potentially be heard in June.
“The case continues to be postponed due to the problems of this country,” Malook added. “We are in the midst of a continuing war between Islam and Kufr (infidels). But our hopes for her release are many.”
Bibi’s final appeal to Pakistan’s Supreme Court was originally scheduled for October 13, 2016. At the last minute, due to growing pressure from Pakistani extremists, one of the judges refused to hear Bibi‘s case, claiming he had a conflict of interest.
Thus the case was indefinitely postponed. In the words of one Christian activist, “This was all planned and engineered. By this tactic, the judiciary and the government both saved their skin. However, it is painful to acknowledge that Asia’s situation in Pakistan is hopeless.”
Pakistan is ranked number one in violence against Christians according to Open Doors 2016 World Watch List.
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Bibi was targeted by Muslim women in her village and pressured several times to convert to Islam. When she refused, the village provoked a confrontation.
When she brought water to a woman who had requested it from her, the woman made statements accompanied by insults that Muslims could not drink water that was provided by non-Muslims. Bibi replied by questioning the women as to whether all people are not human beings. That question caused an uproar in the village.
She has been languishing in prison ever since the original ruling. In October 2014, a Pakistani appeals court upheld the sentence.
Qadri, who lauded as a national hero, was put to death for the killing, provoking massive riots. A shrine is currently being built in Pakistan to memorialize him.
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