Chief Justice Saqib Nisar, Pakistan’s top judge, will hear Asia Bibi’s appeal against her death sentence for violating Pakistan’s draconian blasphemy law.
She has been on death row for the last eight years. Several high profile people including Salman Taseer, the governor of Punjab were assassinated because they supported a fair trial.
Her lawyer Saif ul Malook has been given special protection. His life is in extreme danger as is the judge’s
There are no shortage of extremists in Pakistan who would be willing to kill the judge, the lawyer and Asia Bibi even if it means their own death. These people are a scourge of the nation and should themselves be exterminated. Sadly they are growing in strength and number because the government are not taking strict enough measures to curb their growth. Instead they use religion as their own political tool.https://goo.gl/images/Xtq3iZ
Her lawyer has reasonable hopes that her charges will be struck down by the Supreme Court.
Bibi was arrested in 2009 for allegedly insulting the Prophet Muhammad. It stemmed from an argument she had with Muslim women while picking berries in their village. The women objected to her drinking water from the same utensils and well they were using. Backward people in Pakistan consider Christians impure.