Asia Bibi blasphemy run-in: Undue delay despite being an open-and-shut case is disappointing says BPCA

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Followed by Supreme Court’s adjournment of Asia Bibi’s appeal case, British Pakistani Christian Association has expressed serious concerns and disappointment over the delayed justice for the Christian respondent. A British Pakistani Christian reporter was present during today’s court hearing.

Asia Bibi's blasphemy case

In keeping with the narrative voiced by the BPCA officer: “I was present at the hearing and it only took 1 or 2 minutes and the hearing was adjourned. I looked at Ashiq Masih and saw the anguish and anger in his eyes. As he left the court he was visibly shaken by yet another postponement in the exceedingly long legal saga of Asia Bibi. I myself felt very disappointed as the nature of the postponement is very unusual, for Asia it must be another huge blow to her confidence.”

While remarking about the postponement, BPCA Chief Wilson Chowdhry said: “Asia Bibi has suffered another postponement in her attempts to seek justice against the fabricated blasphemy charge that has left her imprisoned in isolation for seven years. Throughout her ad infinitum legal saga she has remained staunch and true to her faith, firmly believing God will set her free.

“However each postponement, of which there were five during her failed High Court appeal, part of her fortitude was palpably diminished. This latest debacle evidences that the vaunted Supreme court is not independent of societal, cultural and political pressure, indicating that justice may not be as easy to achieve as hoped through a frightened judiciary.

“Failing the exoneration of Asia that the whole world is awaiting through Pakistan’s failing legal system, her only hope will be a Presidential pardon. No president has ever exercised this authority before and President Mamnoon Hussain will be a very brave man to do this. Under the existing climate of extremism that has pervaded Pakistani society. Intolerance has been bred through inculcated hatred via the Education system in the country. It is a political failure that fundamentalism has hijacked the nation of Pakistan, but will Pakistan’s politicians be brave enough to make the right decision for a change and free poor Asia Bibi to make amends.”