Oct 132016

The Supreme Court adjourned on Thursday the hearing of Aasia Bibi’s final appeal against her execution in a blasphemy case for an indefinite period after one of the judges stepped down. Aasia Bibi was convicted and sentenced to hang in 2010 after an argument with a Muslim woman over a bowl of water. Her supporters maintain her innocence and insist it was a personal dispute. However, successive appeals have been rejected, and if the Supreme Court upholds Bibi’s conviction, her only recourse will be a direct appeal to the president for clemency. SC delays Aasia Bibi blasphemy appeal after judge steps down In light of the present situation, Never Forget Pakistan, a non-profit organisation working towards a more tolerant Pakistan, has revisited the story of how the blasphemy legislation became part of Pakistani law. “As the Pakistani government and judiciary face pressure and receive threats from various religious outfits over Aasia Bibi’s appeal, the debate regarding blasphemy law needs to be started again,” their Facebook post reads. “The Constitution of Pakistan is confined by the Holy Quran and Sunnah and no laws can be passed by Parliament in violation of Islam. Hence, we need to review the blasphemy law in the light of Islamic jurisprudence and see how right were Parliament and the Federal Shariat Court respectively in deciding death penalty as the punishment for blaspheming against the Holy Prophet (pbuh) especially in the case of non-Muslims,” it adds. “To this end, Never Forget Pakistan has today released the first episode [Read More…]

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