Aasia Bibi was convicted of blasphemy in November 2010 by a trial court in Lahore, following an argument with two neighbours.
Pakistan’s blasphemy law has come under significant international criticism over the years, not least over its use in this case. The law is open to the same sort of obvious abuses which led to the injustices of the witch trials in England in the seventeenth century — and which appear to have taken place in Aasia Bibi’s case.
In many ways, therefore, this is a brave decision by the Pakistani Supreme Court. We pray for divine protection for the justices who reached this verdict, and of course for Aasia Bibi herself and her family.
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Graham is an evangelical Christian believer living in Sussex, UK. He is passionate about helping people to understand what the Bible really says, and about explaining what the Christians of the early centuries believed and taught.