Pakistani Christian woman convicted of blasphemy awaits verdict on death sentence

Oct 19, 2018

By Mushtaq Yusufzai and Linda Givetash

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — A Christian woman’s fate hung in the balance on Thursday as Pakistan’s Supreme Court prepared to announce whether she would be executed under the country’s controversial blasphemy laws.

Demonstrators were out in the streets of Lahore last week demanding judges uphold the death penalty for Asia Bibi. Chanting “Hang infidel Asia,” activists from the Tehreek-e-Labbaik party also rallied in other cities Friday, threatening wider protests if she is freed.

The mother of five was convicted in 2010 for insulting Islam’s Prophet Muhammad during an argument and remains on death row while appealing the case.

Bibi’s lawyer Saiful Malook told NBC News he couldn’t comment on the details of the case as a verdict on the appeal is imminent. Malook wouldn’t comment on rumors that he faces death threats for defending Bibi but said the jailed woman’s family has moved to the United Kingdom.

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6 comments on “Pakistani Christian woman convicted of blasphemy awaits verdict on death sentence

  • Asia Bibi has suffered like no one should ever be made to suffer.

    She shared a drink of water from a tap that was also being used by other women, while they and she were working in the fields. In Pakistan.

    As a Christian among many Muslims, she was demonised and denounced as ‘unclean’. They claimed she insulted Mohamed. She denies that.
    Sharia witness testimony of a Muslim woman is worth double that of a Christian woman.

    This insanity and blatant persecution of ‘kafirs’ in countries dominated by Islam is growing steadily from an already high level. In the interest of humanity, can we all do something to register our disgust at this injustice and our support of Bibi and others like her?

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  • Ivor

    So true. And you’d think that the American Christians who cry persecution over nothing and enjoy the constitutional protection of freedom of religion would raise their eyes to the horizon and speak up for their truly persecuted Christian brethren who live as helpless minorities in majority fundamentalist Muslim countries. This seems similar to our young third wave feminists who get bent out of shape over defending hijabis here in the free west but go silent over the murder and rape of women in Muslim majority countries who refuse to wear it there. Myopic refusal to see the big picture.

    Some years back Algeria, a very conservative Muslim majority country, imported a large number of Chinese workers, many of whom settled there permanently. During Ramadan the Chinese Kaffirs sat at cafes and ate in public with total disregard for the sacred starvation that is Ramadan – you know, as one does. This caused outrage and charges of blasphemy against the Chinese who just really don’t care about the dictates of Islam and why should they?! There was also friction over where to bury the dead Chinese. In “Muslim” cemeteries? No way! A good Muslim does NOT want to be buried next to a KAFFIR! This cemetery “problem” exists here too of course. Catholics, Protestants, Jews and Muslims still all have their own cemeteries but everyone can be buried together in the town secular cemeteries. Separate in life and separate in death. That’s the religious way.

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  • Good points there Laurie.

    This is a shocking case in so many ways.
    The reported ‘blasphemy’ accusation merely consists of Asia Bibi saying ‘what has Mohamed done to save mankind?’
    A false accusation which could not even be called blasphemy if it were true.

    Yet it is sufficient to cause many thousands of Muslims to demand her execution as well as to threaten to murder her and the judges if she is acquitted.

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  • Ivor

    Ah, poor Asia Bibi. She asked a legitimate question. What has Mohammed done to save mankind? I’d like to hear the answer to that. I don’t even require him to save us, just, couldn’t he have moved us forward a bit? Even if he had done the right thing, I still wouldn’t think he was the most perfect man on earth.

    I’ve been saying for years that I’m not impressed with Jesus for the same reason. What has Jesus done to save mankind? I don’t think he made a dent in our bad behavior. I don’t recall either one of those guys sticking up for women, gays, children, animals or beleaguered minorities. Everything was always about them.

    Bibi’s family has gone to UK. Can’t she be spirited away as well? Wishful thinking.

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  • I see the Irish are seeking to tidy up their antiquated laws!

    Polls have opened in the Republic of Ireland as voters elect their president.

    Voters are also being asked whether they want to remove the offence of “blasphemy” from the constitution.

    Many were unaware there was such an offence until referred controversial remarks made by the actor and writer Stephen Fry on an RTE programme about what he regarded as God’s cruelty, to the police force, the Garda Siochana.

    But the matter was dropped when gardai (police officers) could find no-one who was offended.

    The last person to be prosecuted for blasphemy was in 1855 when the British ruled Ireland.

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  • LaurieB #2

    This caused outrage and charges of blasphemy against the Chinese who
    just really don’t care about the dictates of Islam and why should

    They do, however, care about the dictates of Islam in their own Xinjiang region:

    China is facing growing criticism over its persecution of some Muslim minority groups, huge numbers of whom are allegedly being held in internment camps. In August, a UN committee heard that up to one million Uighur Muslims and other Muslim groups could be being detained in the western Xinjiang region, where they’re said to be undergoing “re-education” programmes.

    An example of the attempt at removal of religious belief by intimidation perhaps?

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