SC delays Aasia Bibi blasphemy appeal after judge steps down

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ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court on Thursday adjourned the hearing of Aasia Bibi’s final appeal against her execution in a blasphemy case for an indefinite period.

A three-bench headed by Justice Mian Saqib Nisar adjourned the hearing for an indefinite period after Justice Iqbal Hameed ur Rehman recused himself from the case. “I was a part of the bench that was hearing the case of Salmaan Taseer, and this case is related to that,” he told the court, an AFP reporter said. The court did not immediately set a new date for the appeal.

Thousands of security troops had been deployed in the capital as the court readied to hear a final appeal in the case of Asia Bibi, with observers warning of “tremendous” repercussions for minorities in deeply conservative Pakistan.