- Feb 16, 2020
Asia Bibi, the Catholic woman acquitted of blasphemy after spending eight years on death row in Pakistan, described herself as “a prisoner of fanaticism” in her newly published autobiography.
A Pakistani Catholic archbishop who migrated to Canada after his retirement said his focus now is on helping persecuted Pakistani Christians who seek asylum in Canada.
Asia Bibi, the Pakistani Christian woman freed earlier this year after a decade on death row for blasphemy charges, has expressed gratitude for an international campaign to free her as well as regret for those still behind bars under Pakistan’s blasphemy laws.
Despite the blasphemy law that has roiled Christians in Pakistan, the government has not executed anyone found guilty at trial.
A series of violent incidents against religious minorities in Pakistan has been condemned by the social justice arm of the nation’s bishops’ conference.
A Pakistani court has upheld death sentences for three Muslims but acquitted two others in the 2014 mob killing of a Christian couple accused of blasphemy in the eastern city of Lahore.