Pakistan: Where is Asia Bibi?


After the death sentence against them is suspended, has left the Pakistani Christian woman Asia Bibi in the jail. It is unclear where she is now. Islamists threaten due to the release of new violence.

Asia Bibi (2017)

Asia Bibi was released on Wednesday free, and has been associated with a plane from the city of Multan, in which she was imprisoned. Your goal is unclear. According to some local media, it is likely that Asia Bibi is on the way abroad. Recently, there had been speculation that her family had been advised, on an international flight prepare.

The Pakistan foreign Ministry dismissed reports of an exit. Spokesman Mohammad Faisal said that Asia Bibi was more in the country. The President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, confirmed that the Christian has been set free. He wrote on Twitter that she was in a safe place and he will be happy to meet you and your family in Europe.

“Serious Injustice”

The conviction of the 51-Year-old for blasphemy had taken care of in the country and even worldwide attention. Human rights groups and Western States had urged a fair trial. In 2015, Bibi’s daughter had taken at the Vatican, Pope Francis. He announced, to pray for their imprisoned mother.

Blasphemy is a sensitive issue in Pakistan. 97 percent of the 180 million inhabitants are Muslims. Human rights activists demand a Change to the controversial laws on blasphemy. The current rules were introduced in the 1980s, while an Islamist military dictatorship under General Zia ul-Haq. In the view of activists of the laws in practice have little to do with blasphemy, but will need to end petty disputes or to take revenge.

Ashiq Masih wants to escape with his wife, Asia Bibi, and the children abroad

Bibi was arrested in June 2009 after a neighbor claimed that she had made derogatory remarks against the prophet Mohammed. A year later, the five times that mother was convicted, despite continuing protests from national and international human rights groups to death. Another court upheld the judge’s decision in the year 2014. Amnesty International then spoke of the “serious injustice”.

Family asks for asylum in the West

After a hearing on may 8. October of this year, the Supreme court conceded in the last instance, the previous judgments against Bibi. Nevertheless, they remained in detention. Her husband Asiqh Masih asked US President Donald Trump, the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, and the canadian head of government, Justin Trudeau asylum. He sees his family in Pakistan are in danger of their lives.

Islamists had protested after the acquittal of three days, and so the country is paralyzed, there were also riots. The Islamist party Tehreek-e-Labbaik (TLP) negotiated with the government an exit barrier against Asia Bibi, and also that the TLP is allowed to appeal against the court decision.

Islamists threaten with actions

The human rights activist, Gulalai Ismail, told Deutsche Welle that they trust the judiciary in Pakistan. “I’m glad that the court has ordered their release. You deserve to lead a life in safety.” However, it is sad that it had cost Bibi nine years of her life, until their claim for justice was recognised. “This should be for the government a reason to introduce the necessary reforms. No one should in future land due to false charges in the prison, or a victim of Mobgewalt.” Ismail stressed that Bibi’s release, do you hope for a better Pakistan.

Protests by Islamists against the acquittal of Asia Bibi at the beginning of November

The party TLP threatened with a significant reaction to the release. Spokesman Ejaz Ashrafi told Deutsche Welle: “The government has not complied with the agreement with the us and Asia Bibi released from prison. We will soon announce our plan of action.”

Christians are always the victims of Mobgewalt

Christians and other religious minorities in Pakistan to denounce a legal and social discrimination. In recent years, many Christians and Hindus have been murdered because of the unproven blasphemy allegations are brutal.

As a young Christian woman with trisomy 21, Rimsha Masih, was accused in August 2012 to have the book pages with Koran verses burnt. They were therefore taken months in police custody. Finally, the charges were dropped. Not only in your home town, there were then riots and violence against Christians. The girl and her family were eventually brought to Canada in safety.

In 2014, a Christian Couple was beaten to death, because it had allegedly desecrated a copy of the Koran. The bodies were burned in brick kilns. In September 2017, a Christian in Pakistan was sentenced to death, because he is said to have divided blasphemous content on the messenger service WhatsApp.