The Chief Justice of Pakistan’s Supreme Court, Mian Saqib Nisar, stated on 21 April that Asia’s appeal would be heard soon and that he will personally preside over the case. Another time, he mentioned that all appeals before the Supreme Court would be decided by July.
This case has been a flashpoint over the past number of years. Those who have taken up Asia’s cause have faced threats on their lives. The most prominent were the deaths of a federal government minister, Shahbaz Bhatti, and Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer. Both were assassinated in early 2011 for their outspoken criticism of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws and support for Asia Bibi.
In anticipation of problems, the Chief Justice has ordered police protection for Asia’s lawyer.
Sources: World Watch Monitor, Pakistan Today, The Express Tribune