Islamabad, Pakistan, Oct 8, 2018 / 12:01 pm America/Denver (CNA).
Pakistan’s Supreme Court has reserved judgement on the verdict of Asia Bibi, a Roman Catholic woman who was sentenced to death for blasphemy, several Pakistani news sources reported on Monday.
The three-judge bench who was assembled to hear Bibi’s final appeal of her 2010 conviction declined to announce their decision on the verdict, and it is unknown when they will do so.
The reasons for the delay were not immediately made clear.
In 2009, Bibi was accused of making disparaging remarks about the Islamic prophet Muhammad after an argument stemming from a cup of water. Bibi was harvesting berries with other farm workers when she was asked to get water from a well.
Another person saw her drinking water from a cup that had previously been used by Muslims, and informed Bibi that it was not proper for a Christian to use that cup, as she was unclean. An argument ensued, and Bibi was reported to a Muslim cleric five days later for her supposed blasphemy. Bibi and her family were the only Christians in the area, and had faced pressure to convert to Islam.