November 23rd, 2010
12:32 PM ET

Pakistan to spare woman facing death for blasphemy

Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari will pardon a Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy, the governor of Punjab state told CNN Tuesday.

What basically he's made it clear is that she's not going to be a victim of this law," Gov. Salman Taseer told CNN International's "Connect the World" program.

"I mean, he's a liberal, modern-minded president and he's not going to see a poor woman like this targeted and executed. ... It's just not going to happen," Taseer said.

Asia Bibi, who has been jailed for nearly 15 months, was convicted in a Pakistani court earlier this month of breaking the country's controversial blasphemy law, a crime punishable with death or life imprisonment, according to Pakistan's penal code. She was sentenced to death.

The pope was among those who called for Bibi to be freed.

Prosecutors say Bibi, a 45-year-old field worker, insulted the Prophet Mohammed after she got into a heated argument with Muslim co-workers who refused to drink from a bucket of water she had touched.

In a brief news conference at the prison where she's being held, Bibi said Saturday that the allegations against her are lies fabricated by a group of women who don't like her.

"We had some differences and this was their way of taking revenge," she said.

This story is developing. We'll bring you the latest information as soon as we get it.

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  1. Ngovicaus's

    Happy friendship new worlds the vip

    November 23, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Walter

    Happy to see the President of that sewer bow to the civilized world. Simply a matter of suggesting, "You kill her, no more free handouts to your pathetic country.". Unfortunately though, once the civilized world looks away, they'll bury her up to here neck and throw rocks at her head until she's dead. Animals.

    November 23, 2010 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  3. CaptainObvious

    I'm still suspect about these deities. If I were the Devil I'd use different religions to pit people against each other and watch them kill each other with glee. Just a hypothesis. I've been wrong before.

    November 23, 2010 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. CaptainObvious

    Pakistan is so nice for agreeing not to kill someone over a water cooler argument. It's like the dark ages over there.

    November 23, 2010 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. JimBreastkee

    Good! Women need to know their place! Grrr..

    November 23, 2010 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  6. emmanuel

    If God Himself is this crued,who borne of human can be safe but His full of grace and compassion. He gave us is words "thou shall not kill".

    November 24, 2010 at 1:31 am | Report abuse |
  7. george salib

    more than that happening in egypt?!!!!!!!!!!

    November 28, 2010 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  8. SweetJuanita

    CNN reports this with a headline that suggests this has all been settled in the woman's favor. That's simply NOT TRUE! Radical Islamist groups are threatening civil war if the law is changed or she is pardoned. This woman & her family are 1 of 2 families in a village of about 10,000. Where's your outrage for the trampling of women's rights – freedom of speech – the free unhindered exchange of ideas? What do you think is likely to happen to her husband & 5 children. Christians are not the only minority affected by this abuse of power. Wake up – there are already Sharia courts (over 80 I hear) in the UK & it's coming here if you don't wise up..

    November 29, 2010 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
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