Blasphemy case: SC acquits Aasia Bibi, orders to release immidiately

Blasphemy case: SC orders to immidiately release Asia Bibi
Islamabad: The Supreme Court on Wednesday acquitted Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian who was facing a death sentence over blasphemy charges.

A three-judge special bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar and comprising Justice Asif Saeed Khosa and Justice Mazhar Alam Khan Miankhel heard Bibi’s 2014 appeal against her conviction and death sentence under section 295-C of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC).

The bench announced the verdict on the final appeal filed by the convict and directed authorities to release Aasia Bibi from prison, a Christian woman, who was in jail for past nine years if there is no anymore case against her.

Here is the detailed verdict issued by the apex court.

The court had reserved his verdict over the appeal on Oct 8.

The allegations against Bibi date back to June 2009, when she was labouring in a field and a row broke out with some Muslim women who alleged that she committed blasphemy against Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him). A case was filed against her by a prayer leader in Katanwala village of Nankana Sahib.

Bibi was convicted of blasphemy and sentenced to death in 2010 by a trial court. She later moved the Lahore High Court against the execution sentence, however, the court had upheld the verdict.

If her final appeal was rejected by the apex court, she will have only last chance to file the clemency appeal with President Arif Alvi.

Security Tightened
In Islamabad, Red Zone has been sealed due to security concerns. The road from Rawal Dam roundabout to Red Zone has also been blocked by placing containers.

In connection to the verdict, the Sindh government has also issued a notification of security high alert in the province to avert any violent situation.

Meanwhile, the security has also been beefed up in all areas with minority population, and places of worship.

Heavy contingent has also been deployed at the apex court and other courts.