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Hope against hope: Supreme Court to hear appeal case of Asia Bibi on October 13


The Supreme Court of Pakistan is to hear the appeal case of Asia Noreen Bibi- a Christian woman on row over blasphemy conviction. The apex court has set October 13 for the case hearing. Asia BIbi will be represented in the apex court by a her defense counsel Advocate Saiful Malook – who “nurtures high hopes,” as noted, “the flaws in the law and the evidence that demonstrate the innocence of the woman.”

Pakistani Christian woman Asia Bibi on death row

Joseph Nadeem, a family guardian of Asia Bibi has confirmed the date of case hearing, as he added: “this is a decisive moment in which the constant prayer of all Christians and all people of good will is required, so that Asia may be freed.”

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Asia Bibi is currently, languishing behind the bars in Multan in an isolated cell. She was booked by the police in 2009 – later was awarded capital punishment. An appeal against her death sentence was turned down by High Court which upheld the punishment. Later on June 22, 2015 Supreme Court while hearing her appeal case temporarily suspended her death sentence.

“I have studied her case in detail and given the elements in Asia’s favor, I predict there is going to be an acquittal. I want to be in court to follow the hearing in person, in an institutional capacity as a representative of the provincial government,” said Provincial Minister for Human Rights and Minorities’ Affairs Khalil Tahir Sindhu.