ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani officials say the country's president may pardon a Christian woman facing a death sentence under laws on blasphemy against Islam.
The case of Asia Bibi has drawn appeals from Pope Benedict XVI and human rights groups to free her. Bibi, a mother of five, was sentenced earlier this month to death.
She told reporters at the prison Saturday that she is innocent and the case was merely a personal dispute.
Shahbaz Bhatti, Pakistan's minister for minority affairs, said Saturday that President Asif Ali Zardari has asked for a report on the case and has the power to pardon the woman.
Gov. Salman Taseer of Punjab province, where Bibi is held, told reporters in a televised conference he believes Zardari will soon pardon her.