As the world awaits Pakistan Supreme Court’s decision in the death sentence appeal of Christian mother Asia Bibi, radicals have threatened violence and promised nationwide protests if she is set free.
Human rights groups have voiced concern over reports that the country’s Supreme Court justices are being threatened by hardline Muslim extremists affiliated with political parties like Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP).
According to AFP, extremists have threatened the justices with a “horrible” death if they give clemency to the Christian mother of five who was sentenced to death in 2010 after Muslim women accused her of blasphemy because of an argument over drinking water.
The threat came in the form of a statement released by the TLP last Wednesday, two days after Bibi’s appeal was heard by a three-judge panel of the Pakistan Supreme Court after years of delay. The panel’s ruling on her appeal has not yet been announced.
The Pakistani newspaper Dawn reports that supporters of the TLP have converged last week in cities like Lahore, Karachi, Multan and Gujranwala to “pre-empt the acquittal” of Bibi, who is also known by the name Aasiya Noreen.
The group is reportedly threatening to paralyze the country if Bibi is set free.
The TLP is said to have directed its local leaders to stage sit-in protests nationwide if Bibi is released.
“Judges’ remarks have sown doubt among the party leaders and fears that she would be released soon,” TLP Patron-in-Chief Pir Afzal Qadri was quoted as saying while speaking at an anti-Bibi rally in Lahore.
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Source: Christian Post