Top Pakistani court sets date for hearing on Christian woman

The extremists have threatened to kill anyone who supports Bibi. (File/AFP)
Updated 24 January 2019
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Top Pakistani court sets date for hearing on Christian woman

  • Bibi was on death row for eight years in a blasphemy case but was acquitted by the Supreme Court last October
  • Her lawyer says he is confident the court will reject the petition and confirm Bibi’s acquittal

ISLAMABAD: A Pakistani Christian woman’s defense lawyer says the country’s top court has set the date for the much-awaited hearing on a petition by extremists against her acquittal from death row.
The lawyer, Saiful Malook, says the Supreme Court will review the petition against Aasia Bibi next Tuesday.
Bibi was on death row for eight years in a blasphemy case but was acquitted by the Supreme Court last October.
The acquittal sparked nationwide protests by extremists and compelled authorities to take Bibi into hiding. She has since been living at a secret location, under guard.
The extremists have threatened to kill anyone who supports Bibi. Her lawyer says he is confident the court will reject the petition and confirm Bibi’s acquittal, meaning she would be free to leave Pakistan.


Rohingya refugees protest exodus, demand rights in Myanmar

Updated 25 August 2019
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Rohingya refugees protest exodus, demand rights in Myanmar

  • The event comes days after Bangladesh attempted to start the repatriation of 3,450 Rohingya Muslims
  • Another rally opposing the force repatriation is planned for Sunday

COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh: Thousands of angry and frustrated Rohingya refugees have marked the second anniversary of their exodus from Myanmar into Bangladesh by demanding their citizenship and other rights in the country they fled from.
The event comes days after Bangladesh attempted to start the repatriation of 3,450 Rohingya Muslims but none agreed to go back voluntarily.
More than 1 million Rohingya live in Bangladesh.
On Sunday morning, more than 3,000 gathered at a playground in Kutupalong camp. Some carried placards and banners reading “Never Again! Rohingya Genocide Remembrance Day,” and “Restore our citizenship.”
Organizer Muhib Ullah says they plan a massive rally later Sunday.
Myanmar has consistently denied human rights violations and says military operations in Rakhine state were justified in response to attacks by Rohingya insurgents.