A petition seeking release of blasphemy convict Pakistani Christian woman Asia Bibi has been signed by more than 600,000 people. Asia Noreen Bibi is on death row, as she was accused of committing blasphemy by her colleague in 2009. There has been much outcry over her death row and international and national community is urging the Pakistani government to cancel her capital punishment and set her free.
Additionally, an Italian Member of European Parliament, Antonio Tajani has moved a declaration in the European Parliament, seeking release of Asia Bibi. MEP Antonio Tajani initiated this campaign in order to emphasize on the plight of the Christian respondent. Italian MEP’ written declaration, demands termination of the death punishment awarded to Asia Bibi, who is incarcerated since 2010.
50-year-old, Asia Bibi is currently, languishing behind the bars facing death sentence. She was accused of committing blasphemy in June 2009 by her fellow-workers. In 2010, a Session’s Court in District Nankana, handed capital punishment to Asia Bibi.
Consequently, her defense lawyers filed a petition against her death sentence while she has been in police custody since then. However, on July 22, last year the Apex Court of Pakistan temporarily halted her execution, citing lack of evidence against her. The christian woman who can rightfully be termed as Pakistan’ most high profiled prisoner, is waiting for next case hearing date in the Supreme Court while there are no chances of an immediate petition case hearing.