First Minister at the Pakistan High Commission has said that the Supreme Court of Pakistan will likely hear Asia Bibi’s case before the end of March 2017. This assurance came prior to protests lead by British Pakistani Christian Association, a Christian charity organization, that urged the UK to intervene for the release of Bibi.
Asia Bibi is a Christian woman on death row. ChristiansinPakistan.com reported:
Pakistani Christians based in the United Kingdom and others participated in these protests across the UK in order to voice their support for the destitute Christian woman for whom the wheels of justice are grinding slow. In this connection the Chairman of BPCA Wilson Chowdhry stated: “I met with the First Minister at The Pakistan High Commission last Friday and he has informed me that a trial date for Asia’s appeal is sure to be fixed before the end of March.
“We organized the protests across the UK to galvanize support for Asia in the west. Its clear by the huge numbers of protesters calling for her hanging in Pakistan, that most Pakistani’s want her dead. Moreover, the last judge retired from his position after refusing to preside over her case in a court debacle when he stated the reason for the adjournment was a conflict of interest.
“We want Asia to know the world is following her case and supports her freedom so we have collaborated with partners across the UK to make sure her plight is kept in the international spotlight. Our belief is this is the only way to save her from the fundamentalists who wish to see her dead.”
In 2009, Bibi was accused of committed blasphemy by her coworkers. In 2010, a court in District Nankana granted her capital punishment for her alleged crime, which was challenged and upheld by a two-member branch of Lahore High Court in 2014. Her appeal case is still currently pending with the Pakistani Supreme Court.
The appeal case was postponed due to one of the member judges refusing to be part of the full-bench that was to hear the case. Bibi’s defense lawyers have submitted an application to the Chief Justice of Pakistan, Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali, to have another bench appoint for the case hearing as soon as possible.