Published: Thu, November 15, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Blasphemy protests: Pakistan court refuses to try Islamists

Blasphemy protests: Pakistan court refuses to try Islamists

THE Bishop of Coventry, Dr Christopher Cocksworth, has supported calls to grant United Kingdom asylum to Asia Bibi, the Christian Pakistani woman who has faced death threats after being acquitted of blasphemy charges at the end of last month.

Bibi has been blocked from leaving Pakistan after the overturning of her conviction prompted a wave of protests by religiopolitical groups.

Bibi is the first woman non-Muslim charged under Pakistan's blasphemy law.

The apex court ordered Bibi's release after annulling the death sentence that was imposed on her in 2010 and ratified four years later by the Lahore High Court.

She has since been shackled to death row after the Supreme Court of Pakistan ruled her as flawed and hard-line protestors campaigned fiercely for her public execution.

Imram Khan's government have quickly moved to appease protesters, and have slapped a no-fly list ban on Asia Bibi as part of a political deal with Tehreek-e-Labbaik, a fast-growing party which brought hordes of men onto the streets demanding that Ms Bibi be hanged. "Some-praise-for-the-government-45419.html" class="local_link" >freed but not allowed to leave the country after Islamic radicals who forced the government the review her sentence.

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They urge "in the strongest possible terms" hat the Government of Pakistan to guarantee safe passage for Asia, her family, and any of those under threat due to their part in the decision to acquit her, to any country that accepts them. The police intervened to save Asia from a mob, then began their investigation into her alleged blasphemy.

"The reality is that the government of Pakistan has indicated that they support the Supreme court decision".

In a letter by Boris Johnson to Mr Javid, he said: "I can not believe for a minute that these are considerations which should be allowed to prevail". The freeing of Bibi has also been highly supported by Christian minority organisations such as International Christian Concern, Open Doors, and Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) that are committed to representing Christians like Bibi facing oppression.

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British MP Chisti told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme that he had asked Bibi's husband and daughter to give him a letter to handover the same to the British government to take necessary steps to give asylum.

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