- Oct 26, 2020
Nearly two years after her release from prison, and as another Christian man has been sentenced to death in Pakistan, Asia Bibi is calling for the country’s strict blasphemy laws to be changed in order to allow better protection for minorities.
Human rights activists were shocked after Asia Bibi dissociated herself from her autobiography, due out later in September.
A young Pakistani Muslim walked into a courtroom in the northwestern city of Peshawar on Wednesday and shot and killed a fellow Muslim who was on trial for blasphemy, a police officer said.
Sister Ruth Lewis, who died from COVID-19 last week and was widely known for her work with disabled children in Pakistan, has been praised by friends and collaborators for her “remarkable” work and tireless service to those in her care.
It’s been a tough month for religious minorities in Pakistan, and observers warn of even tougher times ahead as Prime Minister Imran Khan vacillates between trying to forge a pluralistic nation and his conservative Islamic beliefs.
The COVID-19 pandemic might have hit South Asia a little late, but the damage has already been done.