Pakistani Court upholds Asia Bibi death sentence
The Lahore High Court on Thursday upheld the death sentence for Asia Bibi, a Christian woman who was convicted of blasphemy in 2010.
Bibi, a mother of five was convicted of blasphemy after an argument with a Muslim woman and has been on death row since November 2010.
Her lawyer, Sardar Mushtaq, stated: “We have the right to appeal in 30 days, and we will continue this legal battle by approaching the Supreme Court of Pakistan.”
Mushtaq told the Associated Press: “”We have a strong case, and we will try our best to save her life.” Bibi’s death sentence has drawn criticism domestically and been a source of tension in the country.
In 2011, Shahbaz Bhatti, Pakistan’s minister for minorities, and Salman Taseer, the governor of eastern Punjab province, were killed after publicly stating their opposition to the prosecution and Pakistan’s blasphemy laws.
David Griffiths, Amnesty International’s deputy Asia Pacific director commented on the court’s ruling, saying: “This is a grave injustice.”