As Pakistan awaits blasphemy ruling Islamists protest
LAHORE AFP Oct12,2018-several thousand Islamist hardliners protested in Lahore Friday as Pakistan awaits a pivotal ruling in the country’s most notorious blasphemy case, that of a Christian mother who has been on death row since 2010.
The rally, organised by anti-blasphemy party Tehreek-e-labaik Pakistan (TLP), was the biggest of several in cities across Pakistan, with a few hundred protesters also demonstrating in the southern port city of Karachi, and in Rawalpindi, which neighbours Islamabad.
The Islamists demanded the execution of Asia Bibi be carried out, days after Pakistan’s Supreme Court heard her final appeal.
The court said it had reached a judgement at the hearing on Monday, but that it would not release it immediately for “reasons to be recorded later”, and told media they could not publish comments on the inflammatory case.
Bibi is at the centre of the high-profile case which has divided Pakistan and drawn prayers from the Vatican.
A Christian labourer, she was accused of blasphemy against the Prophet Mohammed in 2009 by Muslim women she was working with in a field.
The charge is punishable by death.
Supporters of TLP, hold placards demanding for hanging of a Christian woman Asia Bib (AFP)