Ashiq submitted the application for adjournment because his private attorney was not present, though Asia’s legal team was present in the court room. Though the judge was ready to hear the case, the hearing was postponed until Oct. 16, 2014.
The Pakistan Christian Post reported that the judge issued an order saying that the Oct. 16 hearing would be final and there would be no other adjournment.
This is the sixth time that a hearing has been announced in Asia Bibi's appeal against her death sentence and has been postponed or delayed. Reasons so far have ranged from judge's illness, to attorneys not present and other reasons.
Please continue to pray for Asia Bibi, as well as for Ashiq and their daughters. You can also voice your support for Asia's release by signing the online petition at www.CallForMercy.com and by writing letters to her in prison at www.PrisonerAlert.com.