LAHORE: The Supreme Court stays the execution of Asia Bibi on blasphemy charges.
According to latest updates, the Supreme Court of Pakistan has stayed execution of Asia Bibi on blasphemy charges. The full bench of Supreme Court ordered in today’s hearing issued orders to stop implementation of death sentence till next order.
Asia Bibi was found charged of making derogatory comments about the Prophet Muhammad during an argument with a Muslim woman.
Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian mother of five, is on death row, has been given a ray of hope when the Apex Court granted her appeal. The appeal was set to be heard today at 9:00 am Pakistan Standard Time.
50-year-old, Asia Bibi has been on death row since she was accused of committing blasphemy in June 2009 by her fellow-workers. Session’s Court in District Nankana, ruled capital punishment for Asia Bibi in 2010. Her defence lawyers filed an appeal against the decision while she remained in police custody since then.
During this period hearing of her appeal case was either rescheduled or delayed countless times. Nonetheless, on October 16, 2014 the Lahore High Court sustained her death penalty after issuing a short order. Since her ordeal began, she was reportedly gang raped, abused, severely tortured and as per reports her health has deteriorated greatly.