A hard-line Islamic group known for supporting Pakistan’s tough blasphemy law has warned against any release on bail of jailed Catholic woman Asia Bibi.
The nation’s Supreme Court earlier announced that it would consider the issue of bail pending hearing of an appeal by the Catholic mother of five against a death sentenced imposed by a trial court in 2010.
She was found guilty of making derogatory remarks about Prophet Mohammed during an argument with a Muslim woman while working in a field.
In 2014, the High Court in Lahore, capital of Punjab province, upheld the death penalty.
Two high-profile politicians, then Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer and minorities minister Shahbaz Bhatti, were assassinated in 2011 after calling for reforms to the blasphemy law.
According to a media release issued by the Supreme Court of Pakistan on October 5, a three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar and comprising Justice Asif Saeed Khosa and Justice Mazhar Alam Khan Miankhe, would begin hearing Asia Bibi’s appeal this week.
If her appeal is rejected by the Supreme Court, she is expected to ask the nation’s president for clemency.