Advocates are marking the ninth anniversary of the arrest of a Christian woman in Pakistan and still hold out hopes that she will one day be freed.
Asia Bibi was arrested in June 2009 for allegedly committing blasphemy in Pakistan. William Stark with International Christian Concern says Bibi remains in jail to this day because she decided to defend her faith in a debate with co-workers.
"Apparently at one point she said to them My Jesus died for me – what did Mohammed do for you? – and essentially that sentence right there has dominated her life and defined her life for the past nine years," Stark shares.
Bibi was sentenced to death in 2010, but that sentence has since been suspended. The appeal is still lingering before the Pakistani Supreme Court and, according to Stark, there's a glimmer of hope that her case will be heard. He admits he doesn't know when that will happen though, as he senses that the country is waiting for a more opportune time to move forward with it.
"Because if [that court] actually hears the case on the merit, this case falls apart the moment you hear it," he tells OneNewsNow. "You have to remember this is probably the most controversial case in Pakistan. Literally two of the highest-level politicians were assassinated in 2010 and 2011 because they stood up and spoke on Asia Bibi's behalf."
He guesses that if the case is heard, it will "still be some time" before it happens.