QARI SALAM, the accuser of Aasia Bibi, the Christian woman who has been sentenced to death for blasphemy in Pakistan (News, 6 January), has reportedly told friends that he regrets the charges he made against her, writes a staff reporter.
Mr Salam is reported in the Pakistani newspaper The Express Tribune as saying that “the case was not based on facts but on hyped religious emotions and personal bias of some village women, including his wife.”
Reports say that he is coming under pressure from a group based in the UK, Khatm-E-Nubuwwat, to continue the case. Mrs Bibi’s lawyers are said to be ready to apply for bail.
The Express Tribune also reported that a review petition filed against the verdict in Mrs Bibi’s case was unlikely to be held until 2015.
An online petition requesting her release has more than 500,000 signatures.