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PAKISTAN: Asia Bibi Blasphemy Acquittal Upheld

Pakistan’s top court has rejected a challenge to the acquittal of a Christian woman on blasphemy charges. The Supreme Court upheld its decision to overturn Asia Bibi’s conviction and death sentence.

She was originally convicted in 2010 after being accused of insulting the Prophet Mohammed in a row with her neighbours and spent eight years on death row. She has always maintained her innocence in a case that has polarised Pakistan.

The Supreme Court’s quashing of her sentence last October led to violent protests by religious hardliners who support strong blasphemy laws, while more liberal sections of society urged her release.

Hardliners had petitioned to overturn this ruling.

The three-judge panel of the country’s Supreme Court on Tuesday said the arguments of the lawyer acting on behalf of the petitioners did not satisfy the judges.

Bibi was held under house arrest at a secret place up until the hearing. She has now been granted asylum in Canada. Her daughters reportedly arrived in Canada before her, Bibi herself was believed to have arrived in Toronto on a Tuesday afternoon flight, reuniting the family for the first time in a decade.

There are 218 other Christians who currently face blasphemy charges.

Sources: BBC, CLAAS, Release International, Toronto Sun

  • Thank the Lord for this ruling, pray this may be the start of considerable change in assuring justice for minorities in Pakistan.
  • Ask the Lord to surround Asia with His continued protection as she starts a new life with her family.
  • Remember and intercede for those who currently face blasphemy charges in Pakistan.

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3 Responses to PAKISTAN: Asia Bibi Blasphemy Acquittal Upheld

  1. Donna Elmer 31 January 2019 at 4:02 pm #

    Praise God answered prayer. To God be the glory for His Mercy endures forever. So happy to see on email Asia Bibi and her husband will be able to be with their precious children. The whole family together again. May the Lord Bless you all and keep you all safe in Canada and give you all the Holy Boldness to continue to lift Jesus name higher and higher and love our enemies and our neighbours as ourselves.
    May our gracious Father through His Son Jesus Christ grant the knowing of His Everlasting Love, Grace and Peace to all my brother and sisters in Christ.
    Love in His wonderful name

  2. Margie 4 February 2019 at 7:35 pm #

    Thank you Lord Jesus for hearing our prayers for your precious child. Bless and protect her and her loved ones all her days. Heal the memories and restore her completely in your tender love. Praise to Jesus

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