Hallelujah Praise the LORD!
UPDATE OCTOBER 31, 2018 : © bbc news
“A Pakistani court has overturned the death sentence of a Christian woman convicted of blasphemy, a case that has polarised the nation.
Asia Bibi was convicted in 2010 after being accused of insulting the Prophet Muhammad in a row with her neighbours.
She always maintained her innocence, but has spent most of the past eight years in solitary confinement.
The landmark ruling has already set off violent protests by hardliners who support strong blasphemy laws.
Demonstrations against the verdict are being held in Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar and Multan. Clashes with police have been reported.
The Red Zone in the capital Islamabad, where the Supreme Court is located, has been sealed off by police, and paramilitary forces have been deployed to keep protesters away from the court.
Chief Justice Saqib Nisarm, who read out the ruling, said Asia Bibi could walk free from jail in Sheikupura, near Lahore, immediately if not wanted in connection with any other case.
She was not in court to hear the ruling, but reacted to the verdict from prison with apparent disbelief.
“I can’t believe what I am hearing, will I go out now? Will they let me out, really?” AFP news agency quoted her as saying by phone.
What did the Supreme Court say?
The judges said the prosecution had “categorically failed to prove its case beyond reasonable doubt”.
The case was based on flimsy evidence, they said, and proper procedures had not been followed. The alleged confession was delivered in front of a crowd “threatening to kill her”.
The ruling heavily referenced the Koran and Islamic history. It ended with a quote from the Hadith, the collected sayings of the Prophet Muhammad, which calls for non-Muslims to be treated kindly.”
Christian Mother’s Life in Hands of Pakistani Court
Christian mother, *Asia Bibi‘s crime was to offer a Muslim coworker a drink of water.
Subsequently she was convicted of blasphemy, and sentenced to death in 2010. Since then she has languished in solitary confinement on Death Row.
Asia now awaits the result of her final court appeal which was heard in Pakistan’s Supreme Court on October 8.
On the eve of this, her last appeal, Asia’s husband said that she’ll ‘never convert to Islam‘!
Asia’s coworker said Asia’s Christianity made the water ceremonially unclean, thus setting off a chain of false accusations related to Asia’s devout Christian beliefs. The accusing coworker was backed by Muslim clerics.
According to news reports, The Supreme Court of Pakistan has heard many hours of testimony before deferring a final ruling in the case, but no official timeline has been set for a decision on her appeal.
Please… Please… Please….
Pray for Asia Bibi, lest they execute her by hanging!
*Also known as Aasiya Noreen.
See “Asia Bibi Blasphemy Case” on Wikipedia for more details of the case