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A Pakistani court has granted the father of blasphemy victim Asia Bibi visiting rights. Previously, Bibi’s father had been denied visits to see his daughter as she has been in prison since her conviction on blasphemy charges in 2010. Last month, Bibi’s blasphemy conviction to go before Pakistan’s Supreme Court. 

8/27/2015 Pakistan (Crossmap) – A Pakistani court has directed the Punjab provincial government and police to give the father of death row convict Asia Bibi prison visitation rights, a family lawyer says.

According to, a respected Asia-based news service, the directive comes two days after Soran Masih filed a petition in the Lahore High Court demanding access to his daughter.

Masih said authorities had repeatedly blocked him from the prison following Bibi’s conviction for blasphemy in 2010.

“Judge Muhammad Anwar ul Haq issued directives to the jail superintendent of Multan and the Home Department to let Soran Masih and his family members see Asia Bibi,” Sardar Mushtaq Gill, Masih’s lawyer, told on August 25, 2015.

“We are thankful to the high court for a swift action on our petition,” Gill said.

He said Masih and other close family members could now visit Bibi when they want.

She is being held in the central Pakistani city of Multan, some 290 kilometers from Lahore, the provincial capital of Punjab province.

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