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Trial of blasphemy accused Asia Bibi ‘likely’ to resume in June


Final hearing of blasphemy convicted Pakistani Christian woman Asia Bibi, likely to be scheduled for June. Blasphemy convict has been sentenced to death, as she now awaits verdict from the apex court of Pakistan over her appeal against capital punishment.

Supreme Court of Pakistan

Asia Bibi’s trial may resume in June, probably in the first week, her defense counsel Advocate Saif-ul-Malook revealed. Asia Bibi’s defense attorney stated that. “the request to reopen the hearing was submitted to the President of the Supreme Court of Pakistan last week. The case continues to be postponed due to the problems of this country. We are in the midst of a continuing war between Islam and Kufr (infidels). But our hopes for her release are many.”

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In October 2016, Supreme Court judges called off the trial of Asia Bibi to a date yet to be determined. A Supreme Court bench consisting of three members and led by Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, decided to adjourn the court after one of the judges of the bench decided to quit the bench. Justice Iqbal Hameed-ur-Rehman retired from the case maintaining that he had also been part of the bench hearing the case of Salman Taseer’s murder.

Asia Bibi was accused of committing blasphemy by her co-workers back in 2009. Later on, in 2010, a court in district Nankana awarded her capital punishment, which was later challenged and upheld by a two-member bench of Lahore High Court in 2014. Her appeal case is currently pending with the Supreme Court of Pakistan.

One of Asia Bibi’s defense attorneys Khalil Tahir Sandhu explained her condition saying: “Right now she is behind bars. She has not seen, unfortunately, the Sun or the Moon this year.” He illuminated Asia Bibi’s fervent faith in Lord Jesus Christ saying: “She is very, very strong in her faith. There were so many attempts to convert her but she said ‘no – I will remain faithful’ and she has remained faithful.”