The Supreme Court of Pakistan today acquitted Asia Bibi, a Christian woman sentenced to death over blasphemy allegations, and ordered her immediate release. Pakistan SC acquits jailed Christian mother but acquitted after eight years. Still threats of violent nationwide protests persist.
Bibi’s husband Ashiq Masih and their two daughters, currently in London, anxiously await her safe release and reunion with her after eight years of wrongful detention.
Asiya Bibi was convicted in 2010 after being accused of insulting Islam in a row with her neighbours. She always maintained her innocence, but has spent most of the past eight years in solitary confinement.
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 chief justic…