Supreme Court stays Aasia Bibi's execution

Published: July 22, 2015
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Aasia Bibi.

Supreme Court on Wednesday stayed the execution of Aasia Bibi, a Christian woman sentenced to death for alleged blasphemy.

A three-member bench of the Supreme Court granted leave to appeal to Aasia Bibi and stated that it is essential to examine her case for administration of justice.

Further, the apex court suspended the decision of Lahore High Court (LHC) which had upheld her death sentence. An objection was raised by the SC over the 11-day- delay in filing the appeal. However, it said that this objection would be taken up in the next hearing of the case.

Read: Pope Francis meets Aasia Bibi’s family

The LHC had upheld Aasia’s death sentence last year. Aasia, 49, a mother of five, has been in jail since 2009 and on death row since November 2010 when she was found guilty by a subordinate court of making blasphemous remarks during an argument with a Muslim woman.

Two high-profile politicians – the then Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer and federal minister Shahbaz Bhatti – were murdered in 2011 after calling for reform of blasphemy law and describing Bibi’s trial as flawed.

Read: Court upholds death penalty of Aasia Bibi

According to her statement, she was working in a field when she was asked to fetch water. Several Muslim women labourers objected, saying that as a non-Muslim she should not touch the water bowl. At that point, they had an altercation and exchanged harsh worlds. Aasia said the women later levelled blasphemy allegations against her in connivance with the wife of Qari Salaam.

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Reader Comments (12)

  • Iqbal
    Jul 22, 2015 - 12:29PM

    Welcome to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.Recommend

  • Sumit
    Jul 22, 2015 - 12:52PM

    Welcome to the kingdom of Pakistan. Where someone can be killed for “Saying” something which is believed to be blasphemous but the one (read- Mumtaz Qadri) who actually “Killed” governor of a province just because he believed he was biased is as safe as heavens. “Thankyou” is the only thing one can say, i guess.Recommend

  • ramallah khan
    Jul 22, 2015 - 1:00PM

    Supreme court of Pakistan has done a good thing by ordering a stay on Aasia
    ‘s execution under blasphemy law. The world knows that Aasia is wrongly framed by the Muslim women in the field and there is no concrete proof that Aasia is guilty of blasphemy. The LHC under tremendous pressure from the extremist elements has passed the death sentence so that the Chief Judge is not murdered for letting her off. Now let common sense prevail and if Pakistan wants to live with respect in the outside world, they should release Aasia at the earliest with minimum penalty. Let Pakistanis be called ‘civilized’ for a change. Recommend

  • JSM
    Jul 22, 2015 - 1:17PM

    Is’nt it a joke?Recommend

  • Parvez
    Jul 22, 2015 - 1:29PM

    Asia Bibi is in jail though innocent…….while a pop star turned maulvi is free though accused of blasphemy by his own brothers.Recommend

  • Raaam
    Jul 22, 2015 - 4:26PM

    Wow just wow… Killing some one for uttering hate words.. What sort of justice is this? Is punishment for every supposed crime is death in Islam? Does human life have any value.?Recommend

  • MSH
    Jul 22, 2015 - 4:41PM

    The Corrupt and Criminals like Zardari,Nawaz who looted and plundered this nation ,causing hundreds to commit suicide are free but a non Muslim woman become victim of Zia Controversial blasphemy law and gets death punishment.What a joke.?Recommend

  • sabi
    Jul 22, 2015 - 4:43PM

    Time will tell that punjab courts are plagued with highly prejudice judges having sypmathies with organizations abusing religion for worldly matters.This country can not perform unless there is a ruthless cleansing of judiciary.Hope SC will free the victim as per teachings of Islam.Recommend

  • SALEEM
    Jul 22, 2015 - 4:55PM

    If this woman is killed either by courts or some other means , the world will be justified to do an Iraq on our country , unless we ourselves eliminate all religious groups from country Recommend

  • Indian Observer
    Jul 22, 2015 - 11:30PM

    Nobody in the world should be sentenced to death row for an alleged blasphemy or whatever in any part of the world. It is just not right. Even if it is an Islamic republic and Hudood Ordinances are in place.
    All this fighting happened for some drinking water and somebody brought religion into it because they were really thirsty and didnt want the other to have it first. Even if Aasia had something ‘blasphemous’ as per Islam, the context should be remembered that this was a silly fight and not worth killing somebody over.
    What is the world coming to nowadays? Where has justice and equality and humanity to others gone?Recommend

  • Question
    Jul 23, 2015 - 12:57AM

    The last Christian accused of this claimed asylum in canada and is currently living there as a free person. The Christian couple who was lynched were not so lucky. I hope she does suffer from the same fate and can claim asylum elsewhere.Recommend

  • vicktor d'souza
    Jul 23, 2015 - 8:06AM

    @JSM:
    What? The fact that she is wearing a uniform of a Brigadier General?Recommend

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