Imran Khan’s First Test By Fire: Asia Bibi Judgement

The Supreme Court of Pakistan acquitted Asia Bibi in a blasphemy case dating back to 2009 for which she was sentenced to death on disputable evidence. A three member bench headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar announced the verdict in Islamabad on 31 October as per Radio Pakistan. The News International indicated that Supreme Court overturned the conviction of Asia Bibi, a Christian mother of five children facing execution for blasphemy with the verdict announced by the Chief Justice. "The appeal is allowed. She has been acquitted. The judgement of high court as well as trial court is reversed. Her conviction is set aside," said  Chief Justice Saqib Nisar in the ruling. The News report stated that Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa, considered Pakistan´s top expert in criminal law, remarked that there were no adverse comments by Asia and thus the case did not hold water. "I don´t see any derogatory remarks vis-a-vis the holy Quran as per the FIR," added Chief Justice Saqib Nisar, referring to the initial complaint filed in the case. Asia Bibi was struck with disbelief by the positive verdict in her favour and possibly too emotionally shocked to offer an immediate reaction...................

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