As the hearing date for Asia Bibi’s appeal case is scheduled for October’s second week, there are expectant yet apprehensive concerns about the upshot of the case. In this regard, American Center for Law and Justice and various other human rights groups see a glimmer of light and urge Christians to raise their voices in support of Asia Bibi.
For the sake of generating a colossal wave of support for 51-year-old, down-trodden Pakistani Christian woman, ACLJ is insisting that Christians all over the world must sign a petition- which bagged over 417,000 signatures until August 25, Thursday morning.
“Normally it takes about three to five years for a case to come up for a hearing before the Supreme Court. But since the petition for early hearing was granted, the case will be forwarded to the court’s registrar to set the date,” the ACLJ explained.
The impending hearing date is eyed as a crucial mile stone when it is likely to become crystal clear whether Asia Bibi will finish up at the gallows or be able to breathe in the open once again. This case is of prime importance, as in any unfortunate event Asia Bibi would become first Pakistani female respondent who served Capital punishment.
Asia Bibi mother of five has been on death row since she was convicted of committing blasphemy. Back in 2009, Asia Bibi was accused of committing blasphemy by her fellow-workers. Subsequently, in 2010, Session’s Court in District Nankana, ruled capital punishment for Asia Bibi.
Her defense lawyers filed an appeal against the decision while she has been languishing behind the bars since then. In a striking ruling the Supreme Court of Pakistan on July 22, temporarily halted her execution, citing a lack of evidence against her.