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Asia Bibi entitled to all constitutional rights: PM Khan

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has reaffirmed the government’s resolve to respect the judgment of the Supreme Court of Pakistan in Asia Bibi case, and said as citizens of Pakistan, the woman and her family are entitled to all rights as guaranteed by the Constitution of Pakistan, ARY News reported. Talking to President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani who telephoned him, PM Khan stressed the need for respecting each other’s religions and sentiments. He called for enhanced dialogue as well as cooperation…

Asia Bibi now in Islamabad after jail release: minister

LAHORE: Denying reports that Asia Bibi has flown out of country, Information Minister Punjab, Fayyaz ul Hasan Chauhan, says foreign media reports on the case are totally false, ARY News reported. ‘Asia Bibi is in Pakistan and she’s has gone nowhere,” said the minister while talking to media here. He confirmed that the woman was released from Multan jail and was then flown to Islamabad under tight security. He added that if the top court puts Asia Bibi on the Exit Control List (ECL), it will be acceptable to the…

Asia Bibi freed from Multan jail: sources

MULTAN: Asia Bibi, a Christian woman acquitted by the Supreme Court in a blasphemy case, has been released from Multan jail, sources told ARY News on Wednesday night. According to sources, the women's jail in Multan, where Asia was being kept, received her release orders after which she was freed. Last month, the Supreme Court set aside her conviction in the blasphemy case registered against her in 2010. This verdict came on an appeal filed by the woman challenging her capital punishment. Asia Bibi, a mother of…

‘We are here to serve justice,” CJP on Asia Bibi case

ISLAMABAD: Giving his remarks after the Asia Bibi case judgment, Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar says “we are not just the judges for Muslims, but for the entire Pakistan,” ARY News reported. The Chief Justice expressed the remarks while hearing federal government’s plea regarding the appointment of a new IGP of Islamabad. The CJP said the judges who announced the verdict in Asia Bibi case were no less ‘Aashiq-e-Rasool’ (lovers of the Prophet) than ones protesting on streets. “One must go through the verdict, it’s…

Full text of Supreme Court ruling in Asia Bibi case

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Wednesday overturned the conviction of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman condemned to death for blasphemy, ordering her immediate release from prison. Headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar, a three-judge bench of the apex court gave this verdict on an appeal filed by the woman challenging her capital punishment. “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,” the verdict read. Here…

Supreme Court overturns Asia Bibi’s death sentence, orders immediate release

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Wednesday set aside the conviction of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman condemned to death for blasphemy.   Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar read out the verdict, exonerating Asia Bibi from blasphemy charges and ordering her immediate release if she was not wanted in another case. "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 the top judge. This verdict came on an appeal…

Family of Christian woman on death row pray for freedom

The family of Asia Bibi, a Christian mother who faces becoming the first person to be executed for blasphemy, said they hoped the Supreme Court would free her. But in any case they feared for their future living in the country under the blasphemy laws, they told AFP. Bibi, who has been on death row since 2010, is at the centre of the high-profile case that has divided Pakistan and drawn prayers from the Vatican. On Monday the Supreme Court heard her last appeal and said it had reached a judgment, which it has yet to…

SC reserves verdict on Asia Bibi’s appeal against execution

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Monday reserved its verdict on an appeal of a Christian woman challenging the death sentence awarded to her for blasphemy. A three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, reserved the verdict after hearing arguments from her counsel. The chief justice said the delay was "for reasons to be recorded later", and told media they could not publish comments on the hugely inflammatory case, which has incited violence in the past. Asia Bibi, a mother of five, has been on death…

SC to hear Asia Bibi’s final appeal against execution on Monday

LAHORE: The Supreme Court is set to hear a final appeal by Christian woman Asia Bibi against her execution for blasphemy. A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar will hear the appeal filed by Asia Bibi on October 8. The bench will also comprise Justice Asif Saeed Khosa and Justice Mazhar Alam Khan Miankhel. Notices have been issued to the additional prosecutor general of Punjab to ensure his presence during the hearing. The allegations against Bibi date back to June 2009, when she was labouring…

Supreme Court delays Bibi blasphemy appeal after judge steps down

ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court of Pakistan delayed an appeal into the country's most notorious blasphemy case on Thursday, against Asia Bibi, a Christian mother on death row since 2010 after one of the judges stepped down. Thousands of security troops had been deployed in the capital as the court readied to hear a final appeal in the case of Asia Bibi. However, the threat of violence was largely abated when one of the three-judge bench, Justice Iqbal Hameed ur Rehman, told the court he had to rescue himself from the case. "I…