Pakistani Christian Sentenced to Death For Blasphemy Pardoned By President Zardari …Update: Maybe Not
Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi, who was sentenced to death for blasphemy, was pardoned and released today. Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari pardoned Asia Bibi earlier today.
Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari on Monday pardoned Asia Bibi (also referred to as Asia Noreen by some media), the first woman sentenced to death for blasphemy.
Bibi, who had been imprisoned for one-and-a-half years without being allowed to give her statement in court, was released soon after the presidential pardon.
“This is the only acceptable outcome to what has been a travesty of justice from the outset,” said Nasir Saeed, coordinator for U.K.-based Center for Legal Aid, Assistance and Settlement (CLAAS). “Asia Bibi should never have been charged with blasphemy, let alone found guilty and sentenced to death.”
Saeed added, “The ordeal faced by her and her family is unimaginable to most people outside of Pakistan who are largely unaware of the abuse and discrimination faced by the tiny Christian minority there.”
UPDATE: It looks like they jumped the gun here.
President Zardari is only thinking about pardoning the Christian mother.