PAKISTAN: PRESIDENT ZARDARI STAYS EXECUTION OF ASIA BIBI
November 20, 2010: Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has stayed the execution of Asia Bibi, a Christian mother sentenced to death on charges of blasphemy.
Zardari directed the federal minister for minorities, Shahbaz Bhatti, to submit a report in this regard within three days, The News reported.
The lawyer for the accused, SK Shahid, has already challenged the verdict in the Lahore High Court.
Bibi, the first woman sentenced to death for blasphemy, has appealed to President Asif Ali Zardari to pardon her.
âIt will take few more days. We are looking into different things, not just pardon. She could get relief from the courts,â Minister for Minorities Shahbaz Bhatti said. (Sources: Sify.com, 20/11/2010)