Pakistani Supreme Court Finds Asia Bibi Was ‘More Sinned Against Than Sinning’

The Pakistani Supreme Court acquitted Asia Bibi, a Catholic mother of five held on death row since 2010 on blasphemy charges, and ordered her freed. In its judgment overturning lower court convictions, the court said Bibi “appears to be a person, in the words of Shakespeare’s King Lear [sic], ‘more sinned against than sinning.’”

  • Supreme Court Judge, Asif Saeed Khan Khosa, in language that implies further protection for non-Muslims, ended the ruling by quoting from a hadith pledging, “Whoever is cruel and hard on a non-Muslim minority, or curtails their rights, or burdens them with more than they can bear, or takes anything from them against their free will; I (Prophet Muhammad) will complain against the person on the Day of Judgment.”
  • Islamist parties immediately pronounced opposition to the ruling, and turned out in the streets in protest—threatening Bibi, her family, and the judges.

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SOURCE: WORLD Magazine, Mindy Belz