Pakistan court overturns Asia Bibi’s death sentence

Oct 31, 2018, 5:48 AM EDT
Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian, was convicted of blasphemy in 2010.

Pakistan’s supreme court has drawn praise for its brave refusal to be cowed down by extremist Islamist groups as it overturned the death sentence of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman convicted of blasphemy in 2010.

The 47-year-old Asia Bibi, who has languished in solitary confinement for better part of the past eight years, was accused of making derogatory remarks against the Prophet Muhammad in a brawl with her neighbors, writes the BBC.

Justice Asif Khosa, in his judgment, quoted Shakespeare, describing the Christian woman as “more sinned against than sinning,” notes The Guardian. The three-member bench, which found no substantial evidence that could prove Bibi’s wrongdoing, called prosecution’s evidence “nothing short of concoction incarnate.”

The verdict has enraged the hardliners in the country, who took to streets in Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, Rawalpindi and Islamabad, protesting Bibi’s acquittal, in what foreshadows violent unrest in coming days.