Asia Bibi, a five to five from Punjab Province, was sentenced to blasphemy in 2010 and was sentenced to hang…
Asia Bibi, a five to five from Punjab Province, was sentenced to blasphemy in 2010 and was sentenced to hang after she was accused of defeating the name of the Prophet Muhammad during an argument the year before with Muslim colleagues.
The workers had refused to drink from a bucket of water Asia Bibi had touched because she was not a Muslim. At that time, Asia Bibi said that the question was a question of women who did not like her to “revenge”.
She won her appeal against the conviction and subsequent death sentence on Wednesday.
David Curry, CEO of Open Doors USA, an organization lobbied on behalf of Christian minorities, said in a statement that “we breathe relief today”.
“These allegations derive from her Christian identity as well as false accusations against her,” he said. “We hope Pakistan will now take further measures to offer religious freedom and fundamental human rights throughout the country.”
According to Pakistan’s punishment, the punishment of blasphemy is punishable by death or life imprisonment. Long criticized by international human rights groups, the law has been used disproportionately against minority religious groups in the country and to go after journalists critical of the Pakistani religious establishment.
Her case has attracted great extensions and support from Christians all over the world, and condemnation of conservative Islamist groups in Pakistan, who have requested death penalty, are being executed and threatened widespread protests in the event of her liberation.
The Islamic movement Tehreek-e Labbaik had previously promised to get on the streets if Bibi was released.
The case has been extremely fragmented in Pakistani society, fragmentation of Liberals and Conservatives, and even leaves many followers afraid to pronounce on behalf of Asia Bibi.
1, senior politician Salman Taseer is taken by his own bodyguard to express support for Asia Bibi and condemn the country’s strict blasphemy laws. His assassin, Mumtaz Qadri, immediately abandoned the police and was later executed and became a martyr for many hard Islamists.
At its burial in 2016, thousands of people in Rawalpindi were converged in the northern city, when the Pakistani mass media swarmed out to prevent riots. Leaders of prominent Islamic political parties participated in the funeral as supporters of Qadri bear signs in celebration of his “courage”.
Qadri’s tomb in the capital Islamabad has since become a sanctuary for those who support Asia’s Bibi death penalty.
Amnesty International researcher Rabia Mehmood said that one of the reasons why the Asia Bibi case has become so polarizing and controversial is the failure of the Pakistani government to take “effective action to stop the campaign about hatred and violence demanded by certain groups in the country after her conviction, in fact, the state has shown tremendous tolerance for hate’s stories. “
She previously pointed out a tweet of a media organization attached to Tehreek-Labbaik, which last year led to violent protests against blasphemy and warned the court to “think carefully before making any decision”.
In May of this year, Pakistan’s Interior Minister, Ahsan Iqbal, shot himself in an incident police source linked to 2017 demonstrations.
“We can only hope (Asia Bibi case) becomes a moment of water when it comes to blasphemy laws in Pakistan,” said Mehmood.