LAHORE: Asia Bibi’s appeal case hearing postponed until October 16.
In a hearing, yesterday morning which lasted only a few minutes, the High Court of Lahore, Judge Anwar Ul Haq adjourned the Asia Bibi appeal, postponing it until October 16.
The lawyers of Asia Bibi, S.K. Chaudry and Sardar Mushtaq Gill say “the Court granted one last possibility to the counterpart, since for the umpteenth time their lawyer was absent”. At the next hearing the lawyers will present their written “final argumentation”. On the basis of this argumentation the judge will reflect and pass sentence.
One of the lawyers says, “In June we presented a special instance to the High Court, appealing to articles which oblige to Court to examine the case and pass a judgement. The case of Asia will have to be heard. We trust that, examination of the facts of the case will prove that Asia is not guilty. The only fear is possible negative influence or pressure on the judges on the part of the extremists. But Judge Anwar Ul Haq as a person is correct and highly esteemed. We confide in the good faith and independence of the magistracy”.