Pakistan delays blasphemy appeal after judge steps down


Pakistan’s supreme court delayed an appeal into a notorious blasphemy case against a Christian mother on death row on Thursday (October 13) as one of the judges stepped down, with thousands of security forces deployed after threats from Muslim clerics. Police and troops had been stationed across Islamabad as the court readied to hear a final appeal in the case of Asia Bibi, who has been on death row since 2010. Observers had warned of “tremendous” repercussions for minorities in deeply conservative Pakistan. But one of the three-judge bench, Justice Iqbal Hameed ur Rehman, told the court he had to…

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