CICF condemns Lahore High Court decision over Aasiya Bibi

CICF Condemns Lahore High Court’s decision over Aasiya Bibi

The Cecil & Iris Chaudhry Foundation (CICF) expressed disappointment over the rejection of Aasiya Bibi’s appeal by the Lahore High Court.

The appeal hearing against the death sentence issued in November 2010 to Aasiya Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman allegedly accused of blasphemy took place in the Lahore High Court October 16, 2014, after a series of delays. This was the first hearing ever since the appeal was filed in November 2010.

The Lahore High Court dismissed the appeal filed by the defense and upheld the November 2010 verdict of the sessions court, and maintained the death penalty for  Aasiya Bibi.

The appeal will now be taken to the Supreme Court the third and final level of Justice in Pakistan.

While commenting on the verdict Michelle Chaudhry President of The Cecil & Iris Chaudhry Foundation (CICF) expressed disappointment and concern over the rejection of the appeal by the Lahore High Court. In a statement given on Aasiya Bibi case she expressed, “We are disappointed and terribly upset over the decision. However, we look forward to the appeal in the Supreme Court with optimism and with the hope that the Supreme Court of Pakistan will do justice in this case as Aasiya Bibi has wrongly been convicted of blasphemy. We remain optimistic that the rule of law will prevail and justice will be done. For now that is our only hope.”

The Cecil & Iris Chaudhry Foundation (CICF) is an independent, non-government, non-profit organization, dedicated to the eradication of injustice in society by advocating on behalf of the under-privileged, under represented and marginalized groups within Pakistan.

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Marian Sharaf Joseph

Marian Sharaf Joseph is an independent journalist with 12 years of experience. She has assisted foreign publications and channels in their projects in Pakistan. She was also jury member for Lux Style Awards.

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