- Oct 20, 2020
The Christian minority, among Pakistan’s poorest, has faced an increasingly intolerant atmosphere in this Muslim-majority nation where radical religious and sectarian groups have become more prominent in recent years.
A Christian woman acquitted after eight years on death row for blasphemy was released but her whereabouts in Islamabad on Thursday remained a closely guarded secret in the wake of demands by radical Islamists that she be publicly executed.
After seeming on the brink of freedom after a decade on death row under Pakistan’s notorious blasphemy law, today Asia Bibi finds herself needing help one last time.
Pakistan’s government reached a deal with the Islamists overnight in which it agreed to impose a travel ban on Asia Bibi while the case is reviewed.
A Christian woman acquitted in Pakistan after eight years on death row for blasphemy plans to leave the country, her family said Thursday as radical Islamists mounted rallies for a second day against the verdict, blocking roads and burning tires in protest.
Aasiya Noreen Bibi, better known to the world as “Asia Bibi,” is almost certainly the most famous 47-year-old illiterate Punjabi farm worker and mother of five on the planet.