Breaking: Pakistani Supreme Court Stays the Execution of Asia Bibi

Pakistani journalists are tweeting that Asia Bibi's execution has been stayed. See below:A three member #SC bench accepts Aasia Be Be's appeal against her blasphemy conviction and put a stay on execution. #dunyatv— Ajmal Jami (@ajmaljami) July 22, 2015Ajmal Jami is a correspondent for Dunyan News.I will add details and additional confirmation as it becomes available. Here is another news report about the stay of execution. And this from Dawn News also confirms the … [Read more...]

Prayers for Asia Bibi; Appeal Set for July 22

According to this Christian Today report, Christian housewife and mother Asia Bibi has one more chance for freedom. See also this report from the British-Pakistani Christian Association which provided the basis for the CT report.Even if she is released, there are reports of a $5000 bounty for her life.I recall many efforts to secure her freedom, from a British legislator to the mayor of Paris to the Pope.Islamabad, Pakistan is nine hours ahead of us so it will be Wednesday very soon. … [Read more...]

Asia Bibi Near Death


I have written about Asia Bibi on several occasions. Bibi is a Pakistani Christian mother of five who was convicted of blasphemy against Mohammad and sentenced to death. She has been dying a slow death in a Pakistani prison while Pakistan's government has turned a deaf ear to many calls for her release.News reports suggest she is very ill and will die if she does not receive medical care.There have been multiple petition drives (I count eight on and calls from political … [Read more...]

Final Appeal Filed on Behalf of Asia Bibi

Today in Pakistan, an appeal was filed to Pakistan's Supreme Court on behalf of Asia Bibi.The Christian mother of five is hoping to be cleared of blasphemy charges via this appeal and/or to receive a pardon and perhaps find refuge in France.A Pakistani Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy filed an appeal in the country's top court Monday, her final legal recourse after being found guilty of insulting the Prophet Mohammed four years ago. A high court in the eastern city of … [Read more...]

Legal Maneuvers In the Case of Asia Bibi

Asif Aqeel, writing for World Watch Monitor, explains some of the recent legal maneuvers in the case of Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian mother of five who has been charged with blasphemy. She was sentenced to death and has one more appeal to the Pakistani Supreme Court.There is a very helpful history of the case and a summary of the efforts of the courts to make it harder to achieve blasphemy convictions. Her hopes appear to be a change in evidence requirements or a pardon from the … [Read more...]

Free Asia Bibi

In some really important news...Asia Bibi is a Christian mother who has been held in prison in Pakistan since 2010 on charges of blasphemy. On Tuesday, Nicholas Kristof at the New York Times gave his column to Asia Bibi's husband to plead her case. Her best hope appears to be an international appeal to the President of Pakistan Mamnoon Hussain for a pardon.I blogged about her case in 2010 and started a petition at which I have reactivated. I hope you will sign it; it isn't … [Read more...]

Pakistani Minister for Minority Affairs killed

Pakistani continues to fall closer to anarchy it seems as now extremists have killed another moderate leader. Gunmen killed Pakistan's minister for minorities, Shahbaz Bhatti, Wednesday, in the second attack this year on a high-profile figure who has opposed the country's blasphemy law.Witnesses say the attackers fled the scene in their car without hurting Bhatti’s driver, who then rushed him to the nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.  City Police Chief Wajid Durrani spoke to rep … [Read more...]

Christians offer prayers for Day of Peace in Pakistan

Today (Sunday, 1/30) has been set aside in Pakistan by Christians as a day of fasting and prayer for peace. More from this CP report:The event is a response to plans by Islamic fundamentalists to campaign against any amendment to the Muslim nation’s controversial blasphemy laws, and for the death of convicted Christian mother of five Asia Bibi.However, the Day of Prayer is intended to serve as a peaceful response to the intensifying, and often violent rallies led by radical Islamic groups i … [Read more...]