A Pakistani woman escaped the death penalty after the Pakistan Supreme Court dismissed a death sentence against her for blasphemy, over her refusal to convert to Islam, in a historic ruling yesterday.
Accusing Bibi of insulting Muslim prophet Muhammad when she refused to convert, the people handed her over to the authorities and Bibi was convicted for blasphemy – a charge which typically carries an automatic death sentence – in 2010.
“Even if there was some grain of truth in the allegations leveled in this case against the appellant still the glaring contradictions in the evidence of the prosecution highlighted above clearly show that the truth in this case had been mixed with a lot which was untrue.”
Dissatisfied, some protesters are still calling for Bibi to be executed. One politician, chief of the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Party Afzal Qadri, even said that the high court judges who dismissed the case are now liable to be put to death.