A Christian woman in Pakistan facing the death sentence for blasphemy cannot be pardoned until a court rules on her appeal, the chief judge on the high court in Lahore ruled Monday.
On Nov. 8, Asia Bibi was sentenced to death by hanging for allegedly blaspheming the Muslim Prophet Mohammed. The mother of five has said the charges are false.
The case has drawn international attention, and Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari has said he will pardon Bibi if the appeal is delayed.
Meanwhile, Muslims in Lahore are warning the president not to pardon Bibi.
"A pardon would lead to anarchy in the country," the head of the Sunni Ittehad Council, Sahibzada Fazal Kareem, told AsiaNews. "Our position is very clear, this punishment cannot be cancelled."
Bibi's husband said local imams have threatened to burn their home and kill the family.
Carl Moeller, president of Open Doors USA, a ministry for persecuted Christians, talked more about Bibi's case on CBN News Channel Midday News, Nov. 30. Click play to watch the interview.