Asia Bibi fate is sealed by Supreme Court of Pakistan after hearing final appeal
08 Oct 2018
Islamabad: October 8, 2018. (PCP) In breaking news from the Islamabad Supreme Court: The final verdict though decided has been reserved until further notice.
The special bench of Pakistan's Supreme Court has ruled on Asia Bibi's death sentence appeal but has yet to render their verdict.
Media were left to scrum outside the courtroom as the court heard the final appeal on the most well-known blasphemy case in recent history.
Asia Bibi was working in a field with other women and shared water with them. Incensed that an "unclean" Christian had defiled their drinking water they took their complaint to a Imam who admittedly was not present to have her charged with blasphemy.
She has suffered violence, isolation from her family and bouts of poor health over the years and has served more time for blasphemy than anyone else in Pakistan's recent history.
BPCA Lead Officer Mehwish Bhatti was in the courthouse standing outside the courtroom doors during the proceedings.
"They have come to a decision, but it has been reserved. The Chief Justice has banned media interference but all the journalists are talking about this.
"Earlier they took my Mobile for almost two hours after I tried to take a picture of the court house. The entrance of high-profile people was from the other side, so nobody could see them."
Asia's husband, Ashiq Masih, continues to maintain that she is in staying strong. In response to Wilson Chowdhry's inquiry at recent human rights event, he said: "She is psychologically, physically and spiritually strong," said Ashiq. "Having a very strong faith, she is ready and willing to die for Christ. She will never convert to Islam."
There have been calls for prayer by Christians worldwide over the weekend who plead her innocence, whilst outrage has been registered on social media by Muslims who feel that she should not forgiven.