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Pakistanis rally to demand death for Christian woman facing execution for blasphemy (PHOTOS)

Pakistanis rally to demand death for Christian woman facing execution for blasphemy (PHOTOS)
Several thousand protesters hit the streets of Pakistan calling for the Christian woman accused of insulting Islam be put to death. Asia Bibi would become the first person executed for blasphemy if her appeal fails.

The Pakistani city of Lahore was the center of Friday’s protests, which were organized by the anti-blasphemy party Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP). Demonstrations also took place in a number of other cities across the country, including Karachi and Rawalpindi.

The rallies came after Pakistan's Supreme Court heard the final appeal of Bibi, a Christian laborer accused of blasphemy against the Prophet Mohammed in 2009 by Muslim women she was working with in a field.

According to Bibi's autobiography ‘Blasphemy: A Memoir: Sentenced to Death Over a Cup of Water’ the incident began when she went to retrieve a cup of water from a well during a hot day of fruit picking.

When a Muslim woman nearby saw her doing so she shouted, “Don't drink that water, it's haram (forbidden)!” She then turned to the other women in the field, telling them that Bibi had dirtied the water in the well by drinking from their cup.

“Now the water is unclear and we can't drink it! Because of her!” the woman said. Several women called Bibi a “filthy Christian” and told her to convert to Islam.

“I’m not going to convert. I believe in my religion and in Jesus Christ, who died on the cross for the sins of mankind. What did your Prophet Mohammed ever do to save mankind? And why should it be me that converts instead of you?” Bibi said.

At that point, one woman spat on her while another shoved her. Days later, she was accused of blasphemy.

Friday’s protests came despite the court saying it had reached a judgment at a hearing on Monday, but that it would not be released immediately for “reasons to be recorded later.” It also said that it had ruled on a petition that would put Bibi on the no-fly list if released, but did not publish that judgment either.

Bibi's case has prompted international calls for her release, with Pope Benedict XVI joining in the calls in 2010. Pope Francis met with Bibi's daughter in 2015.

Although Pakistan's law takes the accusation of blasphemy very seriously and people have been sentenced to death, no one has ever actually been executed.

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Militant Islamists are demanding  the hanging of  Asia Bibi and their rioting is bring the country to a standstill.  Many cities have been targeted with large numbers of rioters in the thousands smashing public buildings and openly inciting the murder of any judges or Government officials who may give freedom to Asia Bibi. 

While large numbers of Muslims pray for Asia's death and clamour for her blood quite conversely Christians are entering their churches and praying for her freedom.  Millions of Christians have been involved in prayerful fasting and say despite the threat to them they want the ailing mother of five to be set free.  

Christian leaders are demanding the protection of their communities and churches as hundreds of churches have been threatened with severe violence and death if Asia Bibi is set free. To date no official response has been given to their demands for freedom. 

 

The Supreme Court deliberations on Asia Bibi’s death sentence appeal, will mean nothing if Pakistan’s militant Islamist parties have anything to do with it and they do not want to be confused with the facts or the evidence of the case. They simply want to murder Asia Bibi to assuage their hatred for the Christian minority living in their midst. 

One of the most vocal and aggressive of these groups, Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) are galvanizing their efforts to “pre-empt Asia Bibi's acquittal” and have converged on The Mall in Lahore and other major centres, including Karachi, Multan and Gujranwala to make their demands. Warnings from TLP that they will shutdown the country within hours if the Supreme Court sets Asia Bibi free are being made and success with their aim is entirely possible as they have done this before over the changing of a Muslim oath for lawmakers and civil servants (click here) - no perpertrators were ever arrested. TLP local leaders in cities across the nation have already been directed on Friday, to start holding sit-ins within hours, without waiting for a decision by the central leadership, if she is freed. 

Ironically the Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan leader Kahdim Hussain Rizvi and Afzal Qadri, patron-in-chief of the TLP have referred to the constitution in their rallies to back their actions. This is the same constitution that is repeatedly quoted to silence the human rights concerns in Pakistan raised by international humanitarian groups and western governments.   

It would seem reasonable that given the circumstances of the case and the clear lack of evidence that Pakistani Muslims would want Asia Bibi freed and reunited with her family after her long incarceration if for no other reason, but to show that the truth matters to them; that as Muslims they have compassion for their fellow man; and that Pakistan is an honest country operated on a functioning constitution. 

There are indeed some Muslims, who in their idea of a perfect world would have things this way, but it is yet to be seen whether enough of them live in Pakistan to support a just decision in Asia Bibi’s case. However, the World should no longer tolerate the lie that religious minorities suffer no persecution or discrimination in Pakistan. There should be no shifting blame for the violations of human rights that have already occurred. 

It is the simmering hatred that causes calls for uprising. What the western world does not understand is that the accepted proposition thought reasonable is for the majority faith to be considered more important or even more human that those of different faiths. The vicious and precipitous hatred towards minority others is very concretely acted out when there is an opportunity and should not to be treated as a figment of the imagination. 


The TLP leaders are demanding  Prime Minister Imran Khan clarify his policy on blasphemy laws and that policy be in line with the electorate's interpretation of the Constitution - a nebulous, shifting demand that undermines the rule of law and heaps contempt on the Supreme Court. 

Pir Afzal Qadri, patron-in-chief of the TLP warned that any acquittal would be considered an attack against Islam at an anti-Asia Bibi rally, criticizing the Justices, he said: 

“Judges’ remarks have sown doubt among the party leaders and fears that she would be released soon.”  

Mr Qadri continuing to utter threats saying that instructions for mass protests have already been released and would be imminent within hours of Asia Bibi's possible acquittal, added: 

"Nationwide sit-ins should continue till all those responsible for [Asia Bibi’s] release are punished, even if the central leadership is incarcerated or killed”. 


TLP chief Khadim Hussain Rizvi wrapped up by challenging the Justices to a televised debate on the blasphemy law and breaches of the law and told party faithful to be ready for nationwide sit-ins. 

“Stay ready and wait for Tuesday when another important announcement would be made.” 

In Karachi where participants chanted slogans for protection of blasphemy laws, the TLP also rallied to warn the government against leniency in blasphemy cases. Rally participants not only demanded the execution of Aasia Bibi, but threatened action against anyone campaigning for her release.

However it remains to be seen if the world is taking the increasing normalization of such threats from Pakistani's political groups seriously.

Extremists groups have a considerable following in Pakistan and there have even been calls to make the assassin of Punjab Governor Salman Taseer - who called for freedom for Asia Bibi - a saint after he was executed for his crime (click here). Sadly hundreds of thousands of Pakistani Muslims in the UK echo this and declared Qadri's sainthood in a petition in the wake of his death.  Mumtaz Qadri has already inspired the killing of an Ahmadi religion follower in Glasgow (click here) 

Christians in Pakistan are adamant that Asia Bibi should be freed and not one wishes for her to either be kept in prison or to be executed, despite the imminent risk that they will face, if the government and law courts of Pakistan choose to be just in her appeal decision. However a palpable fear has encompassed communities as threats mount and riots increase in size and number across the nation.  Churches have made demands for increased security in the wake of a just and positive decision and these must be taken seriously. 

BPCA Lead Officer Mehwish Bhatti said: 

"The on going protest in Pakistan by extremist groups with regards to Asia's possible release is a great concern for the whole Christian community in Pakistan. We all want Asia to be released and at the same time being a minority we want assurance of peace and security. 

"I implore the Government of Pakistan to induce special measures to protect Christians in Pakistan. The past attacks on Christians have not been forgotten many from the communities of Rimsha Masih's village, and Gojra are still homeless. 

"Christians should not be seen as anything other trhan equal citizens and our quality of life should not be diminished by our choice of faith." 


Wilson Chowdhry said: 

“The alarming situation in Pakistan evidences the impossibility for Asia Bibi and her family to remain in Pakistan. 

“This animosity towards her is so intense that two politicians, Christian Federal Minister Shahbaz Bhatti and Muslim Punjab Governor Salman Taseer were assassinated in 2011 for merely calling for her release.  Moreover when one of the assassins was executed the great majority of Muslims in Pakistan and 100,000 in the UK called for the killer to be named a saint. 

"Having met with Ashiq and Eisham Masih over the past two weeks, they truly believe that Chief Justice Saqib Nisar and his cohorts will exonerate Asia of all charges, based on assurances made by senior officials. 

"Similar positive statements are being given to the BPCA via western leaders. 

"Once a positive ruling is declared Asia and her entire family must be given immediate asylum in a safe country.  Many offer allow for her two dependant children to travel with her but not those who are married. it would not be fair to seperate Asia Bibi from any members of her family considering she has already spent 9 years away from them."

He added: 

“It is imperative that vulnerable Christian communities are afforded seamless security until the brunt of this smouldering hatred simmers down. 

“There is more than potential for pogrom-like violence against Churches and Christian communities. We remember victims of  Gojra, St Joseph’s Colony, Shanti Nagar, Mardan and Gujaranwala to name a few. 

“We are praying that the government sees fit to ensure the safety and rights of religious minorities in the face of these threats.  

“The very fact that extremists are allowed to incite hatred and have already declared intent to shutdown the country, even before hearing the explanation for any possible judgement, is extremely disturbing. 

"This contempt of the Supreme Court and the accompanying calls to paralyse the country, are illegal acts in and of themselves, yet the authorities stand idly by.

"The apathy by statutory authorities to refrain such abuse of the law have created a culture of impunity for crimes against minorities.  This has allowed the growth of extremisn and intolerance and brought the quality of life for Christians and minorities to it's lowest ebb. 

Burgeoning concerns are concurrently happening in Thailand,  where Pakistan has promised to pay for the deportation of Pakistani Asylum-seekers as raids are being conducted everyday in Bangkok with at least a 120 men, women, and children being captured within the last few days, including many who have already been approved as legitimate UNHCR Refugees and those who already have private sponsors in Canada or Australia. 

The travesty of these actions should not go unnoticed! During the most unstable and threatening time possible, these vulnerable Christians who have already fled Pakistan because of fears for their lives should not be sent back to face an angry mob incensed by the freedom of Asia Bibi.  We cannot think of a worse time to send Pakistani Christians back to their homeland than now, whilst rioters are baying for the blood of Christians. 

These measures smack of genocide and register an alarming desire to silence the people who are the targets of the problem rather than those who are causing it.  

Dawn News have covered the intracacies of Asia Bibi's case (click here)

The family of Asia Bibi have collected £3000 from the BPCA whilst in the UK to help pay for their legal costs in fighting for justice for Asia Bibi. If you would like to help the family with further costs associated with her appeal and relocation to a country in the west, you can contribute by clicking (here) 

Please sign our petition to have Asia Bibi and her whole family to be given asylum in a western nation (click here)

OOberfuse will be playing worship songs and advocacy songs written for Pakistan at a Christian convention at St Mary's Church, Islington on 3rd November 2018. A collection will be taken at the end of the event that will help the family of Asia Bibi: 



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Islamists Vow to Kill a Christian Woman if a Pakistan Court Acquits Her
By MARLO SAFI
October 16, 2018 4:18 PM

Accused of blasphemy, Asia Bibi has languished on death row in Lahore since 2010.
In Pakistan, a Christian mother of five who was accused of blaspheming the Prophet Mohammed in 2009 awaits the decision that will mark her fate — but even if she is granted clemency, Islamic hardliners stand prepared to act on their threats against her life and that of the justices who will decide.

Asia Bibi was accused of saying that Jesus Christ died for her sins and “what did Mohammed ever do for you?” after she took a drink of water from a well and offered some to others, only to be told by her Muslim coworkers that the well was for Muslim women only and that they wouldn’t drink from a container used by a Christian. She was accused of blasphemy and has languished on death row since 2010.

This week, the world is awaiting the Pakistan Supreme Court’s decision in Bibi’s appeal of her death sentence, and many people, including her lawyer and husband, are optimistic that she will be acquitted. But if she is, radicals affiliated with extremist groups such as Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP) will, they say, paralyze the country. They have encouraged protests and violence against the court’s justices should they ensure her release.

Humanitarian groups have followed the issue closely since 2010, to alert the world to the human-rights infringement, but the international outrage that the sentence had sparked inflamed radical Islamists in Pakistan who use the blasphemy law to garner support. For defending her in court, her lawyer requires security at all hours at his home.

In Lahore, Pakistan’s second-largest city, hundreds of protesters gathered, and “Hang infidel Asia” could be heard being chanted. On Twitter, #HangAsiaDefend295C is trending among religious extremists who advocate Bibi’s execution. The end of the hashtag refers to 295-C of Pakistan’s penal code. The section was added by an act of parliament in 1986, making it a criminal offense to speak of the Prophet Mohammed derogatorily.

According to Open Doors USA, Pakistan is the world’s fifth-worst country for Christians to live in, owing to the persecution they face there. It ranks as worse than Yemen, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and even Egypt, whose Coptic Christian community faces regular threats from Islamists and has suffered from a series of church bombings in the last few years.

“She is spending her life praying with a very strong faith and is reading the Bible every day,” Bibi’s husband Ashiq Masih said in an interview at St. Columba’s Church in England, where he and the couple’s daughter are being aided by the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need. “She feels when she is praying, Jesus is encouraging and supporting her.”

As Bibi’s family awaits the decision, expected to come this week, her husband and daughter ask the world for their prayers.

“She also wanted to deliver a message to the international community that they must remember her in their prayers,” her husband added. “These prayers will open the door of the prison, and she will be released very soon.”


MARLO SAFI — Marlo Safi is a Collegiate Network Fellow with National Review.

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BREAKING NEWS: Asia Bibi is to be freed!

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Asia Bibi is free! Chief Justice Saqib Nasir has given the order to release her as soon as possible and she has been found not guilty of all charges of blasphemy. 

The Chief Justice is reported to have said: 

"Her conviction is set aside and she is to be relieved forthwith." 

The portions of the 56 page verdict written by Chief Justice highlighting the importance of the presumption of innocence until proven guilty and were released in DAWN and read as follows: 

"It is a well settled principle of law that one who makes an assertion has to prove it. Thus, the onus rests on the prosecution to prove guilt of the accused beyond reasonable doubt throughout the trial... 

"Presumption of innocence remains throughout the case until such time the prosecution on the evidence satisfies the court beyond reasonable doubt that the accused is guilty of the offence alleged against him. 

"[...] The expression 'proof beyond reasonable doubt' is of fundamental importance to the criminal justice: it is one of the principles which seeks to ensure that no innocent person is convicted. 

"Keeping in mind the evidence produced by the prosecution against the alleged blasphemy committed by the appellant, the prosecution has categorically failed to prove its case beyond reasonable doubt." 

There was some indication of these considerations in the arguments on appeal, when the Chief Justice while emphasizing the seriousness of committing blasphemy, said: 

“[Not only] our laws but the fundamentals of our religion also place strict standards of proof to prove the crime”. 


Early morning in Pakistan messages were going out across nation as Pakistan's Supreme Court prepared to render their final verdict on Asia Bibi's case. To read more about the lead up to the verdict (click here) 

Christians and Christian institutions have been warned with alerts to be careful due to the high risk of revenge attacks. Christians have been bracing themselves for expected violence following the verdict. 

The head of Tehreek Labaik has released a special video in which he is telling his party faithful to get ready for anything if the decision is favour of Asia Bibi. In a previous rally following the delay of judgement he uttered death threats against the authorities and directed his followers to revolt by staging protests without direction from the central party. 

Protests have already started as a result of Asia Bibi's not guilty verdict. Islamabad has been blocked off by protesters shouting slogans and the police are on standby. 

A perimeter has been formed by law enforcement around sensitive targets and important government buildings. 

The Government of Pakistan has had mobile phones registered in a special campaign over the past month and could possibly cut off mobile service. A few weeks ago we also heard reports of military exercises taking place, perhaps in an effort to prepare for possible backlash to the verdict. 

Christians are understandably concerned about their well being and that of their communities with mobs of people forming, but they are overjoyed at the news. 

Our BPCA Leader Officer in Pakistan, Mehwish Bhatti said: 

"We are so happy and thankful to God for this big day! All glory goes to Him. The decision was tough; God has strengthened the resolve of the Justices and has made it possible. I pray for the peace of minorities, let God be their guardian." 

Wilson Chowdhry, Chairman of the British Pakistani Christian Association, said: 

"Asia Bibi has endured almost tent yesr of brutal incarceration in isolation. The world has watcehd her suffer but today thanks to the grace of God today the world rejoices. 

"Her freedom can hardly be called justice and nothing will ever compenstae her for her lost years. 

"For now we can only pray that she is given the counselling and support she needs to recover and restore her place in society - this will of course be in a nation far away from Pakistan where it is untenable for her to remain." 

He added: 

"Pakistan is increasingly exhibiting an intolerance to non-Muslims that has to be tackled by it's government. 

"That extremists can indce riots and bring the country to a standstill is bewildering. 

"We call on the Government of Pakistan to assure Christians their safety during these tumultous times, moreover we call for people to pray for a restoration of peace in a nation that is riven by fundamentalism." 


Please also sign our petition that we might challenge for the whole of Asia Bibi's family to have a joint asylum, preventing her being split from any of her immediate family again (click here) 

BPCA has been asked to help with raising £25,000 to aid in the security and evacuation of Asia Bibi and her family from Pakistan following the verdict. To donate to this appeal please (donate here) and mark your donation ASIA BIBI 

Christian woman Asia Bibi spared death sentence in Pakistan after blasphemy conviction overturned

Pakistani Christian woman Asia Bibi is seen in an undated photo handed out by family members in Pakistan...Pakistani Christian woman Asia Bibi is seen in an undated photo handed out by family members in Punjab province November 13, 2010. 

Asia Bibi was sentenced in 2010 CREDIT: REUTERS




In a ruling that will angered the country's Islamic hardliners, Mrs Bibi, 47, was told she would no longer face the gallows after nearly a decade on death row.

Extremist religious groups immediately condemned the decision, called for the death of the judges and blocked highways in protest.

The mother-of-four was convicted in 2010 of defaming the Prophet Mohammad during a row with Muslim women over drinking water as they picked berries in their village.

Her plight led to international condemnation of Pakistan's harsh blasphemy laws, with Pope Benedict XVI publicly calling for the charges against her... 

Militant Islamic clerics, however, put a 5,000 Euro bounty on her head, while two prominent liberal Pakistani politicians who came to her defence have also been assassinated.

Mrs Bibi appeared to be in state of disbelief after hearing the decision from her lawyer.

"I can't believe what I am hearing, will I go out now? Will they let me out, really?" Bibi told AFP by phone from prison after the ruling on Wednesday. "I just don't know what to say, I am very happy, I can't believe it."

The ruling was welcomed by Mrs Bibi's family, who have spent years in hiding as a result of death threats over the case.

Asia Bibi's conviction was quashed at the Supreme Court
Asia Bibi's conviction was quashed at the Supreme Court CREDIT: AP

Asia Bibi’s daughter, 18-year-old Eisham Ashiq, said: “This is the most wonderful moment in my life. I want to thank God.

“I want to hug my mother and then celebrate with my family. I am grateful to God for listening to our prayers.”

“We are very happy," added her husband Ashiq Masih in a statement via the Christian charity Aid to the Church in Need.

The former brickmaker said: “We thank God very much that he’s heard our prayers – and the prayers of so many people who have longed for Asia Bibi’s release over all these years of suffering and anguish.”

An illiterate farm worker, Mrs Bibi scraped a living as a labourer and fruit picker in Ittan Wali, a village in the Punjab that was home to just three other Christian families.

One hot day in June 2009, she went to pick berries on a farm with a number of Muslim women neighbours, who asked her to fetch them a bucket of drinking water from a well. One of them then complained that Mrs Bibi had already drunk several times from the bucket with a metal cup, saying "This Christian has dirtied the water".

Heated words were then exchanged, during which Mrs Bibi is alleged to have told her neighbours: "Jesus Christ died on the cross for the sins of mankind. What did your Prophet Mohammed ever do to save mankind?"

Supporters of Tehreek-e-Labaik Ya Rasool Allah, a hardline religious party, march during a protest in Lahore on October 19, 2018, demanding for hanging to a blasphemy convict Christian woman Asia Bibi, who is on death row. 
Hardline religious parties had threatened to paralyse Pakistan with protests if Asia Bibi was not executed CREDIT: AFP

Mrs Bibi claims the neighbours returned the insults in kind, saying Jesus was "a bastard" without a proper father.  

Her neighbours then attacked her mob-handed, spitting in her face and beating her in front of her nine-year-old daughter, Eisham.

"I was also beaten badly by the crowd - it was terrifying," Eisham, now 18, told The Telegraph. "All my mother had done was take a drink of water because she was thirsty." 

The following day, a much larger crowd dragged her to a village mullah, who told her she had to either convert to Islam or die. She was then beaten almost unconscious with sticks before being thrown in jail, where she was sentenced 17 months later to death by hanging.

But the panel of three supreme court justices allowed her appeal after finding flaws in her conviction.

"She has been acquitted. The judgement of high court as well as trial court is reversed. Her conviction is set aside," said Pakistan's Chief Justice Saqib Nisar in the ruling.

Critics of Pakistan's blasphemy laws have long claimed that they are open to abuse, and often used by accusers simply to settle petty scores or oppress religious minorities.

Pakistani paramilitary soldiers stand guard outside the Supreme Court building in Islamabad
Pakistani paramilitary soldiers stand guard outside the Supreme Court building in Islamabad CREDIT: AFP

Since her conviction, Mrs Bibi has spent her time in a filthy, 6ft by 9ft death row cell where she lives in fear of attack from other inmates. Her own jailers, she claims, have laughingly told her that she "deserves to swing".

"I have been to visit my mother in jail, and she asks the people of Britain to remember her in their prayers," Eisham added. "She needs to be back with her family."

The case has become a major flashpoint in Pakistan between its powerful hardline religious lobby and more Western-minded politicians. 

In 2011, the liberal governor of Punjab, Salman Taseer, and the Minister for Minorities Affairs, Shahbaz Bhatti, were both murdered for speaking out on Mrs Bibi's behalf and calling for reform of the blasphemy laws.

The bodyguard who killed Mr Taseer, Mumtaz Qadri, was later executed but became a posthumous hero among hardliners. Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan, the party that has threatened the judges in Mrs Bibis’ case, was set up in his honour.

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Pakistan: Muslim group calls for death for judges who freed Christian woman on blasphemy charges
NOV 1, 2018 8:38 AM BY CHRISTINE DOUGLASS-WILLIAMS 


Jihad Watch reported earlier that Asia Bibi, the Pakistani Christian woman who has been imprisoned since 2010 for blasphemy, was finally acquitted. This acquittal was followed by Muslim riots and calls for her death. We may hope that Asia Bibi will be able to leave Pakistan, given the ongoing fury her case has generated. In Pakistan, which is well known for its barbaric blasphemy laws, Christians are often falsely accused of blasphemy. Christians often walk on eggshells to avoid such charges, since once they’re levied, no Christians are safe — even the families of the accused.

Now those who want to kill Asia Bibi are also threatening the judges who freed her. The judges who acquitted her are being targeted for death as a result of their ruling.

The Tehreek-e-Labaik (TLP) party called for the death of the chief justice and two other judges in Pakistan’s highest court after they spared the life of Asia Bibi, 47, who was convicted of blasphemy in 2010….The party also demanded Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government be ousted following the court’s order.

There is a point worth remembering, however, about Imran Khan. In his first address to the Pakistani senate after being sworn in as Prime Minister in July, Khan vowed to take the matter of blasphemy to the United Nations, adding that “few in the West understand the pain caused to Muslims by such activities.” He was referring to the “offense” caused to Muslims by Muhammad cartoons. So while Khan upheld the decision of the court to free Asia Bibi, he still promotes Pakistan’s blasphemy laws, and not only in Pakistan. He aims to expand those laws internationally, in keeping with the Sharia, and consistent with the goals of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

“Pakistan’s Islamist party says judges who acquitted Christian woman ‘deserve death,’” RT, October 31, 2018:

A hard-line Islamist party in Pakistan has called for the death of the country’s Supreme Court judges responsible for overturning the death sentence of a Christian woman accused of blasphemy, Reuters reports.

The Tehreek-e-Labaik (TLP) party called for the death of the chief justice and two other judges in Pakistan’s highest court after they spared the life of Asia Bibi, 47, who was convicted of blasphemy in 2010.

The party also demanded Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government be ousted following the court’s order.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled in favor of the release of Bibi, who was eight years ago accused and sentenced for “insulting Islam.” As long as she faces no other charges, the woman should be released, the court ordered.

TLP two weeks ago organized a mass anti-blasphemy rally calling on Bibi to be executed as the court waited to release its verdict on her final appeal. The protests took part mainly in the city of Lahore, but demonstrations took place in other areas too, including Karachi and Rawalpindi.

Bibi’s case started when, according to her autobiography, she sought to get some drinking water out of a well on a hot fruit-picking day.

She was then told off by a Muslim neighbor, who turned to other Muslim women in the area to tell them the Christian devotee had dirtied the water by drinking from their cup. Several women called Bibi a “filthy Christian” and told her to convert to Islam.

Bibi refused, saying: “I believe in my religion and in Jesus Christ, who died on the cross for the sins of mankind. What did your Prophet Mohammad ever do to save mankind? And why should it be me that converts instead of you?”…..

Asia Bibi's lawyer has had to flee Pakistan before he is killed.

The lawyer who represented a Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy after eight years on death row in Pakistan has fled the country in fear for his life.

Saif Mulook said he had to leave so he could continue to represent Asia Bibi, whose conviction was overturned by judges on Wednesday. Mr Mulook told the BBC earlier this week she would need to move to a Western country for her own safety. 

Several countries have offered her asylum however Pakistan's government has capitulated after days of protests by hardline Islamists and blocked her from leaving the country.

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Pakistani Islamists struck a deal with the government that Asia Bibi must not leave Pakistan until the  Supreme Court's ruling is reviewed. Religious Affairs Minister Noorul Haq Qadri announced that authorities will now not allow Bibi to leave the country until the Supreme Court makes a final review of its verdict. A petition had already been filed for the review. 

Her torture is endless and should convince everyone that the 'Land of the Pure' is a terrorist State and Islam a terror inducing ideology. 

We should cut off all aid and trade with Pakistan, and of course, block every single immigration request, including family re-unification.

It is a pariah state, as bad as North Korea.

How Immigration Changes Britain
By DOUGLAS MURRAY
November 11, 2018 11:41 AM

Asia Bibi at a jail in Sheikhupura, located in Pakistan’s Punjab Province, November 20, 2010 (Reuters/Asad Karim/File Photo)
Almost nothing is discussed as badly in America or Europe as the subject of immigration. And one reason is that it remains almost impossible to have any sensible or rational public discussion of its consequences. Or rather it is eminently possible to have a discussion about the upsides (“diversity,” talent, etc.) but almost impossible to have any rational discussion about its downsides.

When I wrote The Strange Death of Europe, I wanted to highlight the sheer scale of change that immigration brings. Some people might be happy with it, others unhappy: but to pretend that the change doesn’t occur, or won’t occur, or isn’t very interesting so please move along has always seemed an error to me. For instance, as I noted then, an internal document from the Ministry of Defence that leaked a few years back said that Britain would no longer be able to engage militarily in a range of foreign countries because of “domestic” factors. It takes a moment to absorb this. We’re used to wondering about how immigration changes domestic politics. But foreign policy as well?

All of this is to say that the latest news from the U.K. is both thoroughly predictable and deeply disturbing. Readers of National Review will be familiar with the case of Asia Bibi. She is the Christian woman from Pakistan who has been in prison on death row for the last eight years. Her “crime” is that a neighbor accused her of “blasphemy.” As Mairead McArdle wrote:

In 2009, Bibi found herself in a quarrel when she went to get water for herself and other farm workers and two Muslim women objected to drinking from a container used by a Christian. A mob later came after Bibi, accusing her of insulting the prophet, and she was beaten up in her home. She was subsequently arrested, tried, and sentenced to death.

Her case has had ramifications throughout Pakistani society in the years since. For instance, it provoked the statement by the brave governor of Punjab, Salman Taseer, which led to his own murder by one of his own bodyguards. In the days since her release from jail, there have been mass protests in Pakistan where thousands of enraged fanatics have called, literally, for Asia Bibi’s head. The case has amply demonstrated the type of country that Pakistan is these days. But who would have guessed that her case would also throw so much light on the type of country Britain now is?

There are clearly international efforts underway to get Bibi out of Pakistan. If anybody in the world deserves asylum it is her. And any civilized country should be queuing up to give asylum to her and her family. Among those reported to have done so is the Netherlands.

But today there are reports that the British government has said that it will not offer asylum to Asia Bibi. The reason being “security concerns” — that weasel term now used by all officialdom whenever it needs one last reason to avoid doing the right thing. According to this report, the government is concerned that if the U.K. offered asylum to Bibi it could cause “unrest among certain sections of the community.” And which sections would that be? Would it be Anglicans or atheists who would be furious that an impoverished and severely traumatized woman should be given shelter in their country? Of course not. The “community” that the British government will be scared of is the community that comes from the same country that has tortured Asia Bibi for the last eight years.

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The government is right to expect a backlash. There have been cases before of this “community” expressing its views. From the book-burnings and protests over The Satanic Verses affair in 1989 to the mass protest against cartoonists, which was the “community’s” response to the Charlie Hebdo massacre in 2015, the Pakistani Muslim community in the U.K. has never been shy of expressing its views. Occasionally you even get a case like that at Easter 2016, when a Muslim from Bradford drove up to Glasgow to kill another Muslim (a shopkeeper called Asad Shah) because Mr. Shah came from a minority Muslim group that his killer deemed heretical. Which you might say is another example of “diversity.”

In any case, if it is true that the British government has declined to offer Asia Bibi asylum for this reason, then it should lead to a huge national and international outcry. Among other things, it suggests that the British government has got its priorities exactly the wrong way around. For it is not Asia Bibi who should not be in Britain. It is anyone from the “communities” who would not accept Asia Bibi being in Britain who should not be in the country. Though I wouldn’t expect any British politician to express that simple truth any time soon.

https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/how-immigration-changes-britain/

Asia Bibi leaves Pakistan, arrives in Canada

https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/asia-bibi-leaves-pakistan-a...

.- Asia Bibi, the Catholic wife and mother who spent 9 years on death row on blasphemy charges in Pakistan, has left the country and arrived safely in Canada.

According to Spanish news agency COPE, Bibi, a Pakistani, has arrived in Canada, which has offered asylum to her and her daughters. Her health is reportedly in a delicate condition.

Pakistani government officials confirmed that Bibi left the country, but did not state her destination.

Bibi, 53, had been in protective custody in Islamabad since her death sentence was overturned at the end of October. The verdict and her subsequent release from prison sparked protests from Islamic hardliners who support strong blasphemy laws in the country.

Bibi's imprisonment began in 2010 when she was convicted of blasphemy and sentenced to death by hanging. The charges stemmed from 2009 accusations that she had made disparaging remarks about the Islamic prophet Muhammad after an argument over a cup of water.

Bibi immediately appealed the conviction, but in 2014 the Lahore High Court upheld the original conviction. She then appealed to the country’s Supreme Court. The Supreme Court agreed to hear her appeal in 2015, acquitting Bibi on Oct. 31, 2018.

Since her arrest, Bibi has garnered international support from numerous world leaders calling for her immediate release, including Benedict XVI and Pope Francis. In 2015, Pope Francis met with her daughter and offered prayers.

In Pakistan, Islamic hardliners have been calling for her execution since her initial conviction. Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan said that he supports the country’s harsh blasphemy laws.

Although the government has never executed a person under the blasphemy law, accusations alone have inspired mob and vigilante violence.

Blasphemy laws are reportedly used to settle scores or to persecute religious minorities; while non-Muslims constitute only three percent of the Pakistani population, 14% of blasphemy cases have been levied against them.

Many of those accused of blasphemy are murdered, and advocates of changing the law are also targeted by violence.

If she ever writes her autobiography, I bet we’ll hear of some horrific abuse and conditions in prison. After all, it was bad enough for Tommy surrounded by Muslims in a UK prison, think what it was like for her, with Muslim guards as well, in a Pakistani prison. And God knows what they did to her food.

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