Supreme Court sets date for Asia Bibi blasphemy appeal

ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court of Pakistan confirmed Friday that next week it will hear Asia Bibi’s appeal against her execution in blasphemy case.

“The Supreme Court of Pakistan under the chair of Justice Saqib Nisar will hear Asia Bibi’s appeal against her death sentence on Thursday, October 13 in the Supreme Court of Pakistan, Islamabad,” her lawyer Saif-ul-Mulook told AFP.

“I am very hopeful and confident that my client will get justice… and she will be able to spend her life with her children.”

The court confirmed Friday that the date had been set.

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. 
A decision by the court in her favour would “send a powerful message to the world that Pakistan respects the rule of law and not the mob,” Mustafa Qadri, an expert on human rights in South Asia, told AFP recently. –AFP

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