ISLAMABAD – The release of a Pakistani Christian woman eight years after the death of blasphemy is clearly delayed on Friday after the government and the radical Islamists who were publicly hanging out failed to discuss it.
In addition, a lawyer representing a local official who brought the first blasphemy against Asia Bibi on Thursday submitted a petition to the Supreme Court for revocation of the waiver.
In a milestone ruling, the supreme court has overruled Bibi's conviction in 2010 on a violation of the Prophet Mohammed by Islam.
Islamists have blocked the motorways since then and destroyed or fired dozens of vehicles to put pressure on the government to stop releasing it from an undocumented detention facility.
Islamists held national gatherings after their Friday prayer and were afraid of violence. Pakistan closed schools and dormitories after the radical cleric, Khadim Hussain Rizvi, leader of the Tehreek-e-Labbaik party, announced that the "talks" between the representatives and the government did not succeed in Bibi's fate.
On Friday before dawn, Rizvi told an emotionally accused rally in the east of Lahore that a negotiating party of one of the governments threatened during the talks that security forces would kill them relentlessly if they did not disperse peacefully. He asked his supporters to pursue persecution, as the authorities asked the paramilitary troops to restore order.
"We are willing to die to show our love for the prophet," he said.
Rizvi's delegates demanded that Bibi should not leave the country, but Fawad Chaudhry, the Information Minister, rejected the claim, saying the government would not accept any dictates.
Ghulam Mustafa, a lawyer representing the provincial priest of Punjab, who filed a first blasphemy against Bibi, turned to the Supreme Court, asking the judges to investigate his dismissal. The court does not specify the deadline for petitioning, but the delay in Bibi was delayed further. The Supreme Court of Pakistan is not known to withdraw its rulings, but judicial reviews usually last for years.
Authorities say security has been stepped up near an undocumented detention facility where Bibi is kept in safety. On Thursday, Prison officials said two detainees were arrested last month because they wanted to kill Bibi by suing them. They said they were still questioning the men.
Bibi's family was expected to be released on Thursday night. Her husband, Ashiq Masih, returned from Britain in mid-October with their children and waited for him to be released from Pakistan. Although the family did not disclose his country of destination, France and Spain offered asylum.
Bibi's release challenged Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khann, who came to power this summer, partly following the Islamic agenda.
Khan condemned the Islamists on Wednesday after Afzal Qadri's pap urged supporters to kill the three judges who rescued Bibi, the rebellion against the military commander Qamar Javed Bajwa, and overthrow the government of Khan.
Army spokesman, Mayor Asif Ghafoor, said on Friday that the army would withhold itself to offer a peaceful solution. Invited demonstrators to refrain from violence and await the final outcome of the revision motion to the Supreme Court.
"Let this legal process first," he told Pakistan television.
However, more than 2,000 Islamists continued to block the mainland, the capital of Islamabad, in Rawalpindi's Pest garrison, causing traffic jams. Hundreds have also blocked another important highway linking Islamabad with other big cities.
Bibit was arrested in 2009 after the murder of two female worshipers of the goddess who did not want to drink from a Christian water tank. A few days later, a mob accused of violating the Islamic Prophet, which led to his conviction in 2010.
Bibi's family has always kept his innocence and said he never broke the prophet.
Bibi's case was devoted to international attention and again focused Pakistan's controversial blasphemy laws. The capital punishment for blasphemy has been accused in this majority Muslim nation, and critics say they are often used to settle disputes and arguments.