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LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Thursday upheld the death sentence of a Christian woman convicted of blasphemy four years ago, as her lawyers vowed to appeal.

Asia Bibi, a mother of five, has been on death row since November 2010 after she was found guilty of making derogatory remarks about the Holy Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him) during an argument with a Muslim woman.

“A two-judge bench of the Lahore High Court dismissed the appeal of Asia Bibi but we will file an appeal in the Supreme Court of Pakistan,” her lawyer Shakir Chaudhry told AFP.

Blasphemy is an extremely sensitive issue in Pakistan where 97 per cent of the population is Muslim and unproven claims regularly lead to mob violence.

Two high-profile politicians – then Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer and minorities minister Shahbaz Bhatti – were murdered in 2011 after calling for reforms to the blasphemy law and describing Bibi's trial as flawed.

The blasphemy allegations against Bibi date back to June 2009.

She was working in a field when she was asked to fetch water. Muslim women labourers objected, saying that as a non-Muslim she was unfit to touch the water bowl.

A few days later the women went to a local cleric and put forward the blasphemy allegations.

Over a dozen religious clerics — including Qari Saleem who brought forward the initial complaint against Bibi — were present at the court Thursday.

“We will soon distribute sweets among our Muslim brothers for today's verdict, it's a victory of Islam,” Saleem told AFP outside the courtroom as the clerics congratulated each other and chanted religious slogans.

Pakistan's tough blasphemy laws have attracted criticism from rights groups, who say they are frequently misused to settle personal scores.

Lawyers who defend people accused of blasphemy — and judges seen as lenient — also risk being accused of the crime themselves and regularly face intimidation.

Last month a prison guard at the notorious Adiala jail in Rawalpindi shot and wounded a 70-year-old Scottish man with a history of mental illness who is on death row for blasphemy.

The jail also houses Mumtaz Qadri, the former bodyguard of governor Taseer who gunned him down in an Islamabad market place. He was given a death sentence but heralded by some as a hero for killing Taseer.

Blasphemy carries the death penalty, though Pakistan has had a de facto moratorium on civilian hangings since 2008. Only one person has been executed since then, a soldier convicted by a court martial and hanged in November 2012.

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Shafiq khan
Oct 16, 2014 04:45pm

Shame on those who deny justice.

jatindra
Oct 16, 2014 04:48pm

My goodness ,is this a country of medieval thugs !

Mahmood
Oct 16, 2014 04:50pm

In our primary books, we were taught a story of Rasool (saw) that he used to pass by a street where an old lady used to throw garbage on him. He never got angry or reprimanded that lady. He was, in fact, quite surprised when one day when no garbage was thrown at him. On inquiring, he found the lady ill at home. He gave her water, cleaned his house and left. Lady embraced islam after that. I fail to understand how Islam can win or muslims can celebrate bringing death to someone for a personal insult. In my personal view, we should think above these issues. Rather, we should prove by our actions that we love Rasool (saw), by not being hypocrites, by not adulterating good with bad, by not being corrupt, by taking care of rights of people around us, by respecting our parents and neighbours - there is simply too much else to do than hanging...anything positive will perhaps be more beneficial and over powering than anything negative like hanging. Remember those who forgive are the strong ones...

M. Emad
Oct 16, 2014 04:51pm

Republic of Ireland (South Ireland) soon have referendum on century old Irish blasphemy laws.

Ammar
Oct 16, 2014 04:55pm

Shame on those who think it is a victory for Islam. Do we really think that Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) , Rehamatul Lil Aalameen, will be happy with tihis ?

Waqar
Oct 16, 2014 05:06pm

I wonder what the Holy Prophet would have done in this situation... HE WOULD HAVE FORGIVEN... This absurdity has to stop... Are lying and cheating politicians not committing blasphemy by violating the laws of Sharia, which is also an insult to the Holy ones...

sameer
Oct 16, 2014 05:06pm

"She was working in a field when she was asked to fetch water. Muslim women labourers objected, saying that as a non-Muslim she was unfit to touch the water bowl."

And these shameless Pakistani dare to pin point about Indian caste system. Yes we have and we are not proud of it. it is vanishing from our society. All are terrorists in Pakistan.

Farhan
Oct 16, 2014 05:08pm

I am sorry minorities that you don't have equal rights in this country.

kvkr
Oct 16, 2014 05:13pm

Let me be honest.Looking at the direction of this country it appears to be no different from what is going on in ISIS. Just that there one's head is chopped and here mob justice.It is curse to be raised in such an environment.

Sunil
Oct 16, 2014 05:19pm

Thank God better not to be born in such country.

sapeace
Oct 16, 2014 05:20pm

We trample on other religions everyday but we are not held liable for blasphemy so why do Muslims feel their religion has a special place and even non-muslims have to bow to our rules !

Malik
Oct 16, 2014 05:23pm

Religious fanaticism I must say. In fact the very group of women those who disallowed her to touch water should have been tried. And there is no example of this in Islamic history.

Naeem Qureshi
Oct 16, 2014 05:35pm

Deranged clerics are ruling Pakistan. Prophet Mohammad forgave those who wanted to kill him. Why cannot we follow his example.

Each one of us is comiting blasphemy by not following the teachings of the Prophet of honesty, telling the truth and being human. We should all get the death penalty.

(Pakistani) Reader
Oct 16, 2014 05:40pm

This is bad, but seems that the LHC is leaving it to the SC to decide this case now...

NORI
Oct 16, 2014 05:44pm

1."she was found guilty of making derogatory remarks about the Holy Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him) during an argument with a Muslim woman."

  1. "She was working in a field when she was asked to fetch water. Muslim women labourers objected, saying that as a non-Muslim she was unfit to touch the water bowl. A few days later the women went to a local cleric and put forward the blasphemy allegations."

Did Dawn miss to report the argument between the women or there wasn't any really ? Also, why did it take the complainant a few days to report the matter to cleric (not police ??)? Also, why just one woman complained when the argument happened in front of so many ?

The defence lawyers should have shredded the prosecution's case to pieces on these points. Oh, I forgot, Defense lawyers have families to feed.

Dr haroon
Oct 16, 2014 05:47pm

Shameful, mother of five and yet these people want to kill her? If she is guilty, let Allah deal with her.

NORI
Oct 16, 2014 05:47pm

Minorities should have packed the bags and left Pakistan the day it was declared 'Islamic Republic'.

Rogers Evans
Oct 16, 2014 05:49pm

This law should be repealed by the Parliament as lot of innocent victims have been framed due to personal vendetta of mullahas, who are uneducated..

VINOD
Oct 16, 2014 05:51pm

It is so encouraging to see so many voices on this board are condemning this barbaric thinking and punishment of death.

AMIR IKRAM
Oct 16, 2014 06:06pm

@sameer your comment depicts outright hatred towards Pakistan; your moral values are really questionable.. BTW vast majority of Pakistanis is against such extremism & terrorism.

zierbu
Oct 16, 2014 06:06pm

Thought caste system only existed in India. The story portrays a different scene altogether..

Srichand
Oct 16, 2014 06:06pm

What did Asia Bibi actually say? I have been following this case, but I have not yet read what actually did she say, therefore we have no way of knowing if she did committed blasphemy. We don't even know the names of the accusers and we don't know what was said. Something is not right.

ZX
Oct 16, 2014 06:18pm

@jatindra

Do you want to discuss the medieval caste system still running in India!? I

Bachabassi
Oct 16, 2014 06:19pm

Backward country, period.

DudeDesi
Oct 16, 2014 06:24pm

She was working in a field when she was asked to fetch water. Muslim women labourers objected, saying that as a non-Muslim she was unfit to touch the water bowl

Is Pakistan following Islam or following the Caste System as practiced in India a hundred years ago?

Ramesh Krishnan
Oct 16, 2014 06:26pm

Shocking...The Pakistani judiciary is also influenced by fundamental forces

Ayaz
Oct 16, 2014 06:27pm

Punjab is no less in bringing down Pakistan

Benaam
Oct 16, 2014 06:28pm

What are Imran Khan's view on this? What about Qadri?

Abhigyan
Oct 16, 2014 06:29pm

It is neither a victory of Islam nor is a victory of humanity. The only saving grace is that several people from Pakistan are criticizing it here thus restoring my faith in humanity in Pakistan.

Jaspreet
Oct 16, 2014 06:35pm

Great going, great country, intelligent people, great future ahead for you guys....

Satya
Oct 16, 2014 06:36pm

@Naeem Qureshi isey kahtey hey ankho mey dhool jonkna

Asif
Oct 16, 2014 06:37pm

My only question is why we always humiliate our law and religion until foreign governments intervene. are we that stupid that we are still unable to eradicate these stone ages laws.

Jude Allen
Oct 16, 2014 06:38pm

I was quite surprised to see so many people comment about this and take a stand for the truth and for justice. There is hope after all.. maybe not too soon but at least its a start. Need more voices to sound the victory over a flawed system.

Revd John Weir
Oct 16, 2014 06:39pm

From my experience debating this issue in various locations, and with different religious and faith community groups, with Pakistani and European politicians, I am sad to say that the Lahore High Court has failed to uphold justice in this matter and has lost the respect of the International community. It has shown only weakness in bowing to local community pressure, where as a High Court it should have risen above communal politics and suspended justice with mercy. The Christian minority had looked to you, and you have failed them. You have drawn condemnation on yourselves. 'Woe to you lawyers...' You have failed to show the mercy of Allah and you have failed Pakistan.

Vikram
Oct 16, 2014 06:41pm

It is shame for Christian community from all over the world for not standing up for this poor woman. Where is the media which made Malala a hero? Only media can save this women

Eddie
Oct 16, 2014 06:43pm

This should have been a perfect opportunity to prove Islam is about peace and forgiveness . Instead the Mullah's are celebrating and distributing sweets . Does Islam really need the death of a economically backward labourer to defend itself ?

Even if she said something forgiveness is the need of the hour .

Danish
Oct 16, 2014 06:47pm

Like "zarb-e-azb" with militants, there is a need to kick off another operation. The operation should focus to fix mental health issue of common men and women of Pakistan.

Akram
Oct 16, 2014 06:47pm

this blasphemy law has become to symbolise the denial of justice to Pakistan's minorities. As a Pakistani muslim myself I am ashamed that the state has let such absurd regulations pass, they should be struck off and replaced with laws that have stringent punishment for the accusers who are found out to be lying too. Its not a question of religion, it's a question of justice. Islam like other Religions stands for justice, not for mullah rule.

Dr Zia
Oct 16, 2014 06:55pm

This is not victory but a grave loss for the religion of Islam. SHAME!! Congratulations we have managed to inculcate hateful spite against Islam in the immediate and distant household of this Bibi, who are perhaps all Christians. We have also made sure that in our grandiosity, the door is now effectively shut for all the members of household to ever return to Islam. Congragulations to all our fellow Muslims out here. We could not have had a better day for the victory of our peaceful religion.

khalidi
Oct 16, 2014 06:58pm

Shame on these coward judges, A Judge should be fearless to do justice.

Aziz
Oct 16, 2014 07:02pm

These so called religious people have no faith in Allah and consider it their responsibility to do 'Justice'. Unbelievable.

BRR
Oct 16, 2014 07:05pm

Even murders, people like the Taliban who bomb others, don't even get convicted. Great day for Pakistan.

being human
Oct 16, 2014 07:06pm

is this news from the 15th century?

daada
Oct 16, 2014 07:11pm

this is absolutely ridiculous! Mockery of a justice system

Muslim
Oct 16, 2014 07:17pm

People used to throw stones at our beloved Prophet (saw) but he always forgave them. This lady is in custody for so long and her five children are without their mother. Can't we forgive her?

Krishan
Oct 16, 2014 07:22pm

A nation with massive insecurity and inferiority complex who are so unsure of themselves and their religion that the only way they can prove their manliness is by persecuting a desperate woman Shame on the whole of Pakistan especially the so called saviours of Islam The world pitied and looks down on you

N
Oct 16, 2014 07:23pm

“We will soon distribute sweets among our Muslim brothers for today's verdict, it's a victory of Islam” ...

If Islam is peaceful religion as these clerics always say, they should pardon her and let her free.

Nizamani
Oct 16, 2014 07:25pm

I am ashamed and sad as Pakistani citizen.

Alex
Oct 16, 2014 07:27pm

I can't believe what i am reading. In today's modern world where the masses have grown to a level where individual freedom, expression and right to live are basic human privileges,Pakistani justice system seems to be living in bronze age.Humanity is bigger than any religion. God will not forgive the judge for murdering a mother of five children.

Imran
Oct 16, 2014 07:28pm

@sameer "And these shameless Pakistani dare to pin point about Indian caste system. Yes we have and we are not proud of it". Do you get the impression that the Pakistanis here are proud of this verdict?

Tahera
Oct 16, 2014 07:29pm

@ sameer: yes we unfortunately also have the age old caste mentality, entrenched in the psyche of the subcontinent, in Pakistan too, and no it is unfortunately not vanishing from India either and no not all Pakistanis are terrorists just like all Indians are not hindu/shiv sena extremists, beware of generalisations!

Imran
Oct 16, 2014 07:29pm

WHERE IS OUR NOBLE PEACE WINNER WHEN SHE IS MOST NEEDED ?????

Khalid Ahmed
Oct 16, 2014 07:30pm

absurd

C M Naim
Oct 16, 2014 07:31pm

Now the court should suo moto take notice of the blasphemy of the women who claimed that " as a non-Muslim [Asia Bibi] was unfit to touch the water bowl." Also include the men who supported that claim. Is it not blasphemous to say that untouchability is a part of Islam?

Akram
Oct 16, 2014 07:32pm

If all judges, politicians public come together and oppose this verdict unanimously, who will dare to oppose them? This blasphemy law is one of the numerous black gifts which Mard-e-momin left us in his legacy. This is all Gen Zia's fault.

Lyallpuri
Oct 16, 2014 07:34pm

@Vikram well said

Tahera
Oct 16, 2014 07:36pm

This verdict is really a disgrace for Pakistan! The state of its justice system! its judiary!

Jatindra
Oct 16, 2014 07:38pm

How can you pass a judgement against a woman who is mother of 5 kids. My question to Judges: What are you doing? Can you not find not enough evidence in this case. Why not pass ruling on solid corruption cases. This case should not even worth coming to any court of law. Just my opinion.

nandu
Oct 16, 2014 07:42pm

I am not a muslim. But i firmly believes that no muslim brothers will support this stone age act...

Paki-Indi
Oct 16, 2014 07:42pm

In my humble opinion, in many ways the justice given to this Pakistani Lady in a Pakistani court for blasphemy is worse than the beheading of a Pakistani by Saudi Arabia that is currently in the news.

buzz_g85
Oct 16, 2014 07:44pm

What croc! Let this harmless woman return to her family. Doesn't the police and prosecution has real criminals to apprehend and put in jail?

shahid
Oct 16, 2014 07:48pm

Look at the stupidity of so called Muslims women below,

"She was working in a field when she was asked to fetch water. Muslim women labourers objected, saying that as a non-Muslim she was unfit to touch the water bowl."

Tell these foolish people to read history of Prophet Muhammad specially journey to Taaif where people attacked Prophet Muhammad with stones but Allah's Rasool forgave them and prayed for them.

Shame on Qari Saleem and judges for their limited knowledge of Islam. Even nowadays non-Muslims scholars and philosophers have great knowledge of Islam.

Sudhakar
Oct 16, 2014 07:53pm

With this single episode Pakistani muslims (including who openly support or who remain silent) have lost the right to pass comments about the caste system in India forever.

sameer
Oct 16, 2014 07:56pm

Why dont you people come out of your home and tell your govt to dump this law.

Saad
Oct 16, 2014 07:57pm

@sameer Two wrongs do NOT make a right. This whole blasphemy issue is so wrong and so is the Indian caste system. No human should be lesser than the other, except for the ones who are superior based on what they achieve in life!

Vishnu Mahant
Oct 16, 2014 07:57pm

LHC upholds blasphemy convict Asia Bibi's death penalty. The state and religion do not mix. "Killing of one human being is like killing the whole humanity"

Zimbo_Indian
Oct 16, 2014 07:58pm

I am highly encouraged by the kind of comments fron DAWN readers. Unfortunately they seem to be a minority in Pakistan.

Moby
Oct 16, 2014 08:04pm

Islam does not need such "victories". Apparently ours is the only religion that is super-sensitive and needs so many "protections" from us. This whole circus of blasphemy laws and trials is a much bigger blasphemy than making derogatory remarks at the holy prophet (pbuh) - who gladly endured much worse rather than inflicting pain on a single human.

Tariq
Oct 16, 2014 08:04pm

Why am I not surprised. This is the same "High Court" where Maulvi Mushtaq and his henchmen carried out the juduicial murder of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto.

wiserneighbour
Oct 16, 2014 08:05pm

What a sad state of affairs!

Sufi Muslim
Oct 16, 2014 08:05pm

I hope and pray that the moderators will publish these comments as the readers need to know that there're Muslims who consider this law to be un-Islamic and against the Prophet's own behaviour.

He (S) was personally attacked, but forgave the attackers.

The Quran instructs the Muslims to leave those who criticize and throw dirt alone. [My paraphrasing]

We Muslims have dug a lot of holes because we don't pay attention to the Quran's simple and clear message.

Blasphemy and Rajam are but two of these holes.

Sadly, one can't openly oppose them in some Muslim countries because, if they did, they'd be harmed.

What's needed is for the Muslims to focus on self purification, and suspend or get rid of these laws.

A society run by highly evolved (spiritually) people will have just laws. Until then, injustices will continue.

Peace
Oct 16, 2014 08:08pm

The ones who convicted Asia Bibi of blasphemy and the ones who denied her justice and then are celebrating her death penalty are real blasphemers . I am so ashamed and heartbroken that have no words.We are sorry Aasia Bibi.

Imran
Oct 16, 2014 08:16pm

I am saddened and disturbed by this verdict. Living as a minority in Pakistan is in itself is biggest punishment, on top of it so much unfairness by legal system that is supposed to protect weak & helpless !!!. Allah is watching, her tears and pain will come back to haunt you.

TooTrue
Oct 16, 2014 08:16pm

How can free speech result in the death sentence? Who did this poor woman murder that the government wants to take her life? Do you think insulting someone should result in this?

Haroon
Oct 16, 2014 08:21pm

Unless the judges want to go on a "permanent" retirement their decision, despite being unjust, is completely understandable.

Reddy
Oct 16, 2014 08:24pm

To people who are comparing this to cast system in India, Indian has laws against cast discrimination, in fact people from lower casts get all kinds of reservations in jobs, education, loan waivers etc. We had a bad system back in medieval days and we are trying to fix it unlike you your govt (and the people) which is still going by medieval laws.

Rashid Sultan
Oct 16, 2014 08:24pm

What happens if foreigners or even Pakistanis, before, during or after visiting this country make offensive remarks about Islam or the prophet? Will Pakistan authorities take legal action and charge them with blasphemy? And seek their extradition? Are foreign diplomats immune from being charged with blasphemy? Just wondered. If you know the answer let me know.

N.
Oct 16, 2014 08:25pm

@(Pakistani) Reader The judge at LHC doesn't want to get shot. I am not exaggerating, neither I am making fun. The Governor Taseer, by his body guard, and Bhatti were shot.

Moby
Oct 16, 2014 08:27pm

@AMIR IKRAM majority of pakistan is not against such barbaric behavior...you must live a sheltered life in a major city..

N.
Oct 16, 2014 08:30pm

@Rogers Evans The Constitution was amended to declare Ahmadi non Muslims. Then Abdus Salam's grave stone was disfigured. Is there anyone in the government to resore the defacement? No, there are far more important issues government and opposition have.

Seedoo
Oct 16, 2014 08:32pm

Wow! This is ignorance running rampant in our society.

pragmatic
Oct 16, 2014 08:34pm

The persons trying the poor lady should think about the immense damage they are doing to the country and the religion. Is any court superior to that of Almighty? The silent majority also make themselves irrelevant by allowing such travesty.What of the women who complained, are they feeling fair now?Are they feeling victorious and sublime?

N.
Oct 16, 2014 08:35pm

@Rogers Evans The formal education that we credit overly is not the reason for rational thinking, tolerance for variants, empathy for the weak and down trodden. The ancient societies had just as many if not more different ideas and thoughts about divinity and yet lived in peace. Its once again the political leaders who are themselves prejudicial.

Aftab
Oct 16, 2014 08:39pm

To do what they are doing to this woman is a shame. I was born and raised in Pakistan and I can tell you Islam is the most exploited religion on the face of the earth; and the exploiters are primarily other Muslims. Mullahs and politicians are two faces of the same coin.

If the educated younger generation in Pakistan do not stand up against the exploitation of their religion then I am afraid it is only a matter of time when the country splits up along regional and ethnic lines and Pakistan will be no more.

hanif smile
Oct 16, 2014 08:41pm

I am not going to comment on this case, since I don't know the facts, but to all those Muslims who commented on the blasphemy law. They should know, This Law is in placed from Prophet's time. its not a new law, all 4 Imams have Fatwa on this, Its part of our religon, not a choice, no one can change it, we all can argue about the implementation and abuse of it but. This is a Islamic law and been enforced for 14 centuries.

No one should be allowed to disrespect our Prophet. If you find it hard to punish someone who delibretly disrespect Prophet and accept it in public, then you should check your Iman, you may not be a Muslim anymore. Its a serous matter.

Again we should not abuse the law and only punish who really delelibratly disrespect Prophet Muhammad.

Ravi
Oct 16, 2014 08:44pm

@Mahmood

One of the sanest comments I have seen.

hanif smile
Oct 16, 2014 08:46pm

You can discuss this perticular case, but you can not challenge the blasphemy law. I cannot believe it that majority of Pakistani people are unaware of basic islamic laws, Shame on you all you are challenging this law, you can discuss this perticular case if the accusation is right or not, but as a muslim no one can challagne this law, or any other blasphemy laws. They are implemented in many countries as of today and been implemented since Prophet Muhammad's time, they are not new and they are not only in Pakistan.

Hrushi NYC
Oct 16, 2014 08:46pm

With a government like this, who needs IS/AQ ?

Hrushi NYC
Oct 16, 2014 08:49pm

@Saad The big difference between indian caste system is that the law doesn't support it and you would never have a decision like this blaming the victim.

Javid
Oct 16, 2014 09:02pm

So many comments against. Why we donot protest against these stupid non islamic laws in Pakistan.

maqbool
Oct 16, 2014 09:05pm

@Muslim

Once she is let out, she will be lynched in no time.

Robert Khalif
Oct 16, 2014 09:07pm

@Mahmood I don't believe there could be any better example than this on how not to deal with people who insult Prophet (pbuh). The Prophet (pbuh) himself set an example for these situations but some politicians in Pakistan know better than the Prophet (pbuh) himself on how to deal with these situation so they cam up with this fake law.

Shame on them for not understand Rasul's (pbuh) hidaya. All those politicians who came up with this law and insulted Prophet's teaching.

AdnanK
Oct 16, 2014 09:09pm

Fire these incompetent judges. They bring shame to the country.

faisal
Oct 16, 2014 09:10pm

I am Muslim and I don't believe in blasphemy laws. Blasphemy laws are hate crime .

Sadia Zafar
Oct 16, 2014 09:11pm

Ashamed of Pakistani constitution, Pakistani law, Pakistani law makers, and Pakistani courts. Still not ashamed of being a Pakistani, looking forward to the day Pakistan will be Pakistan of Indus valley civilization, not Islamic Republic of Pakistan

Imran
Oct 16, 2014 09:17pm

@hanif smile Mr. Smile , although there is smile in your name but you are not making anyone smile. Allah has given one special thing to humans that is not given to any other creatures, that is Brain. Please use it .. Prophet forgave even his own enemies, because that's what great people do. But unfortunately people with little brains who can't even run their own lives decently, should not talk about great relegion like Islam.

vip
Oct 16, 2014 09:24pm

Congratulation....A woman would be hanged in the name of 'He who is so Merciful'. How ironical it is. Learnt that he is free from all human sins like Hate, anger, Ego, greed. If that is so How God would be angry if some one insult him? Is not it that Insult is a human trait? and the creator of this world is free from these minuscule worldly affair?

Jatinder
Oct 16, 2014 09:27pm

Pakistan will destroy itself one day, while world will rise

Mustafa J.
Oct 16, 2014 09:28pm

It is time President of Pakistan should forgive the death sentence in the interest of peace with the rest of the world. The Blasphemy Law must be repealed in the interest of justice. This will also show the world that Pakistan is not a country governed by fanatics similar to Taliban, Al-Qaeda and ISIS. (This is just one person opinion).

Amin
Oct 16, 2014 09:30pm

We see so many comments here opposing the verdict. But the people in power to change this verdict are scared to death to talk about this. So nothing is going to happen.

Venkat
Oct 16, 2014 09:32pm

God is needs help from all of us so that people like this lady, mother five, respect Him!! It is so absurd, We say he is ominipotent

Omer
Oct 16, 2014 09:33pm

Wow... and the same courts let terrorists scot free, to wreak further mayhem.

harishgoswami
Oct 16, 2014 09:39pm

@Muslim it is a murder by judiciary

Rashid Sultan
Oct 16, 2014 09:46pm

@Imran Nobel prize, NOT Noble. Nothing noble about Nobel prize. The recipient is enjoying the safe liberal and open society of Birmingham, England, and being educated well for free. Her parents will now use the prize money from the prize to 'buy' themselves the right of permanent residence in England forever.

Dr. Sehar Khan
Oct 16, 2014 09:48pm

@AMIR IKRAM ... And where are those vast majority of Pakistani? Did you saw any protest on the streets of Pakistan? Any statement against this injustice..........None!!!

Bhaskar
Oct 16, 2014 09:53pm

It is the death of so called educated class in Pakistan. Even imprisoning her is an insult to the society.

Rashid Sultan
Oct 16, 2014 09:53pm

@Sadia Zafar It won't be long now.

Rocky
Oct 16, 2014 10:00pm

I believe in Karma and I can only pray for the future of Pakistan.

AAhmed
Oct 16, 2014 10:14pm

@AMIR IKRAM Then why don't you do something about it. Where is the public outcry that is done so well in Pakistan for other things?

Faizan
Oct 16, 2014 10:30pm

@NORI You do not know a thing about Islam if you believe minorities should have packed their bags on that day

N
Oct 16, 2014 10:37pm

@Rashid Sultan ...you seem to be bitter about it? why? She deserves whatever she is getting. Let her have it. Don't be jealous

Imran Ahmed
Oct 16, 2014 10:37pm

Do please stop blaming the judges who are simply bound to apply laws made by legislature. Responsibility lies on the shoulders of the people in a democracy. This law has to be at the least reinterpreted and applied even handedly to Muslims and to Non Muslims. Perjurers and slanderers must be made to pay heavy penalties. Those who do not protest against cruelty and injustice against even their own compatriots deserve to be subject to an unjust system.

Naren
Oct 16, 2014 10:51pm

@N....... So what you saying is ...Mullah's rule the Pakistan. There way or no way. She is as good as dead!!! RIP.

Is there supreme court in Pak? Can she appeal in supreme court??

MRS
Oct 16, 2014 10:52pm

@sameer Don't judge the entire society on the conduct of few people. Great Salman Taseer gave his life to defend her, please name any one in your country willing to die in defense of low cast hindus.

MRS
Oct 16, 2014 11:00pm

@harishgoswami No its not a murder by Judiciary. Judges are just following the Law which is their job, problem is with the law which was introduced by a dictator and unfortunately now no one has courage to reverse the law. Our law makers are responsible for this murder they should have changed this law.

kunjan
Oct 16, 2014 11:04pm

human life is precious, she was alone non-muslim who was stopped for water. such a petty issue, and death penalty? oh god, please release this woman, even allah has mercy.

Ahmed123
Oct 16, 2014 11:09pm

@Mahmood Our judiciary system is highly biased, inefficient and based on favoritism where convicted murderers and highly corrupt people and politicians were freed forever through NRO.

Zaheer Iqbal
Oct 16, 2014 11:11pm

how can she be punished when she denies the charges. It seems wrong! she seems innocent. This is an extreme form of judicial racism and tyranny! My heart goes out to her and her family. May God be with her.

Ram
Oct 16, 2014 11:14pm

@Akram considering that a governor was gunned down for suggesting change in law and his killer garlanded by lawyers,you are far from any hope for 20-30 years.in the meantime,pakistan should ask their minorities to settle somewhere else.

Hammad Rauf
Oct 16, 2014 11:28pm

Prophet Muhammed (Peace be upon him) taught equality of human beings (Arabi-Ajami), He has been declared a Blessing (Rehmat) for all Universes (Alaameen). I would drink water from a cup or glass filled by non-Muslim (Provided it was clean). I feel ashamed by our Racist/Religiuos dscriminatory behavior. Muslims are meant to be exemplary in manners.

Laeeq,NY
Oct 16, 2014 11:30pm

An illitrate woman, who may not even know what is blasphemy is implicated with these pot belly mullahs. Any example of blasphemy death during the time of prophet. Why these mullahs are act like prophets.

hellzking
Oct 16, 2014 11:34pm

blasphemy laws aren't Islamic laws....they are zia-ul-haqs laws and its really sad that a lot of people believe that this is what the Quran says should be done. The masses need to be educated on these matters to put an end to this madness.

Tahir
Oct 16, 2014 11:46pm

Islam is the most misunderstood religion and muslims themselves dont undstand their own religon. They have made a mockery of Allah's word.

Dr. Sehar Khan
Oct 16, 2014 11:53pm

Great job Dawn News..........Thanks.

peterson
Oct 17, 2014 12:46am

What many people do not understand is that Qadri who is doing all the drama with Imran Khan says he is solely responsible for enacting this draconian blasphemy law. I have seen videos in which he claims all the credit should be given to him for passing this law.

AdHawk
Oct 17, 2014 01:01am

Not a peep from IK or TUQ? Of course, TUQ boldly claims credit for the blasphemy laws when speaking in Urdu. IK is his biggest supporter. Hang your heads in shame, both of you!

Haider Rehman
Oct 17, 2014 01:07am

@Benaam

What is Government's view on this?

Priyakant
Oct 17, 2014 02:00am

@AMIR IKRAM Oh yaa? Then why even a so-called-liberal Benazir dared not touch this repugnant laws? And, what is stopping this so-called tolerant majority members of society to act? Enough excuses!!

akram
Oct 17, 2014 04:14am

@Ram By your logic after gujerat pogroms, and ayodhya couldn't we say the same about India?

We must not let the persecutors of minorities win

Jatinder
Oct 17, 2014 04:43am

No, law will not hang her, Some respectful citizen will shoot this poor lady and will become hero of the society. What a way to gain heroism.

Hemant
Oct 17, 2014 05:21am

@MRS and person who killed of salman taser was welcomed with shower of rose petals !! Germany was pulled into dictatorship jet because 10% fanatics controlled power... In Pakistan you have more than 50 % population that believes in such laws. Mind you politicians will make SUch law only when people support this concepts, if they do not than ye can not get reelected......

HADI SAKEY
Oct 17, 2014 05:24am

@AMIR IKRAM Not hatred against Pakistan but against the Blasphemy law. Asia Bibi was a victim of deranged cleric. No comments about judiciary and judgment.

HADI SAKEY
Oct 17, 2014 05:28am

Asia Bibi was contemptuously framed in Blasphemy case. Minorities in Pakistan should have packed their bags and left Pakistan the day it was declared Islamic Republic. Poor Salman Taseer met this lady in Jail and subsequently murdered by his own guard. The guard has been elevated to sainthood and our judiciary is scared to issue his black warrant.

Mohd Burhan
Oct 17, 2014 05:56am

@nandu ,

I am a Muslim but will never support this law. As this is for minorities only however as per ISLAM minorities need to be given more protection.

mohammed
Oct 17, 2014 06:01am

@jatindra look who is saying this is the fact that one cannot see below his nose,

John
Oct 17, 2014 06:24am

"Woe to you lawyers.." You have brought shame on the Lahore High Court to whom the Christian community , other lawyers, academics and those who believe in a future for Pakistan looked for justice with mercy. Had you shown it Allah would have blessed you, but you have shown that law in Pakistan is controlled by local mobs incited by ignorance. From my experience in debating this issue throughout the U.K. and in the Gulf and in South Asia with lawyers, academics and politicians of all faiths, they had hoped that this matter would be taken to a higher court, away from the mob and mercy be carried out by wisdom. You are the guilty ones, and you should pray for mercy for yourselves.

Gabriela
Oct 17, 2014 07:04am

Please have mercy on this woman, we born free, nobody has the right to take out our freedom of beliefs. She is a mother and a wife, Please! Give her back her freedom and let her run to her family!

sameer
Oct 17, 2014 07:13am

@Imran how many of you came down on street to protest against it. Have balls and will

Sana
Oct 17, 2014 07:14am

Isn't this a case of provocation? The Muslim women telling her not to touch the water was very provoking. I am sure Asia didn't get the right representation in court because of the threat to her lawyer's life from the extremists.

Mirza
Oct 17, 2014 07:44am

Another dark chapter in the long black history of LHC.

Raman
Oct 17, 2014 08:07am

Stop this hypocrisy. This is sanctioned by law and upheld by judiciary and if majority of the people were really as outraged by this as the ones on this forum, the law would have gone long back.

Truth is, majority of Pakistanis want things to be this way.

JORDAR THALIA
Oct 17, 2014 10:27am

@Raman Technically and legally correct. The ball is in the court of legislators to reverse it. Will they do? I am sure they will not.

Arun Madhav
Oct 17, 2014 11:53am

Many in pakistan, particularly those at the helm of affairs are less-than-human. Others are (very very) mute.

Yes, every country has its fair share of fanatics and extremists - but nowhere I've seen a country's LAW itself carrying out such cold-blooded murders. Shame on you Pak - you dont have any right to write negatively about India, USA, Israel etc. wait a minute - you dont have any right to write at all - about anything.

Marion Shaw
Oct 17, 2014 01:34pm

@Dr Zia Shame on you for your hateful comments on this poor woman and her family.

Imran
Oct 17, 2014 06:33pm

I am feeling bad as a Muslim today. This is not the teaching of ISLAM at all.

Its unfortunate we are STILL leaving in a stone age.

Abid Habib
Oct 17, 2014 10:39pm

@hanif smile O Yea! was this law existing since the time of the Holy Prophet PBUH. Did he (PBUH) make this law. Quote your source please. All the comments mentioned above showed a merciful Prophet. When and where did he make this law? I am seeking for an answer.

truth
Oct 18, 2014 12:47am

Who is anyone to decide that he has any right to forgive someone on behalf of ALLAH and RASOOL when it is not you who have been insulted, but our Prophet(SAW)...its linked with the etiquettes how you talk about the prophet, hereby apply the ruling of ALLAH and RASOOL, not a lame man!

huda
Oct 18, 2014 04:09am

@Sunil I say the same when thinking about india

huda
Oct 18, 2014 04:18am

@sapeace I'll tell you why! we don't insult any other messenger of ALLAH, its very important pillar of our faith as a Muslim. Here we are talking about a Christian, we don't insult Jesus(PBUH) in any way, whatever happens! why a Christian should be given the liberty to insult our Prophet(SAW)...

huda
Oct 18, 2014 04:28am

@Rogers Evans shari'a law doesn't belong to one country but a universal truth for Muslims...

huda
Oct 18, 2014 04:35am

@Naeem Qureshi The BIGGEST truth of all times is Islam..recite surah AL-ASAR

huda
Oct 18, 2014 04:48am

@Ayaz if Punjab is following the sharia law, its to be bringing down the pakistan?

huda
Oct 18, 2014 05:31am

@Abid Habib you are a Muslim right? you would know what is shari'a! if not, then think about yourself first and a Christian later

huda
Oct 18, 2014 05:41am

@Tahir your comment is like the water in the middle of the desert

huda
Oct 18, 2014 06:01am

@vip ALLAHU AKBAR! He is the Creator, if He is merciful then He is the SUBDUER also, creation's duty is to obey the Creator not the other way around!

punit
Oct 18, 2014 02:15pm

@C M Naim which court! which judge. Just remember the fate of Salman Taseer!

punit
Oct 18, 2014 02:32pm

@Imran those who really matter surely do. and hence the judgement.

huda
Oct 18, 2014 08:27pm

@Hammad Rauf yes you are right.

Fred Fronkle
Oct 18, 2014 08:28pm

Should Ms. Asia be executed, I will strongly lobby my UK MP to vote for suspension of all aid payments to Pakistan.

huda
Oct 18, 2014 08:29pm

@sameer we could say the same about you!

huda
Oct 18, 2014 08:49pm

@Danish what mental health! you all say that you don't even know if she committed blasphemy...when you are not sure that's mean it could be the truth that she really did commit it! how are you, with that woman and, against the court and your own shari'a law? do you all muslims even consider the implications over your own faith if what thought and said was wrong?

huda
Oct 18, 2014 08:53pm

@Naeem Qureshi you talk about truth! then we'll say the truth! every day many are murdered in the name of honour, this is where we are talking about a lame man, now please answer me this, whether the honour of a lame man is above Prophet's honour?

huda
Oct 18, 2014 09:05pm

@Ramesh Krishnan kindly explain the fundamental forces?

huda
Oct 18, 2014 09:30pm

@Revd John Weir Do you have proof that they failed in doing so, were you present in the court room?

huda
Oct 18, 2014 09:42pm

It is He who has sent down to you, [O Muhammad], the Book; in it are verses [that are] precise - they are the foundation of the Book - and others unspecific. As for those in whose hearts is deviation [from truth], they will follow that of it which is unspecific, seeking discord and seeking an interpretation [suitable to them]. And no one knows its [true] interpretation except Allah . But those firm in the knowledge say, "We believe in it. All [of it] is from our Lord." And no one will be reminded except those of understanding. (3:7)

huda
Oct 19, 2014 03:02pm

@Fred Fronkle Then you are so lucky that Pakistan does'nt aid you and you very well know why!...all help is from the Creator, not any creation ever.

Accaa
Oct 20, 2014 12:24pm

@Dr Zia Well said

ashish
Oct 21, 2014 09:05am

And then Pakistanis wonder, what is wring with their country ....

jaya
Oct 22, 2014 05:14am

@NORI Yes, minorities should have move to India. If there isn't a national outrage against this injustice, then shame on the rational people of Pakistan.