11/16/2018 Pakistan (International Christian Concern) – Asylum offers for Asia Bibi, a Christian woman recently acquitted of blasphemy charges in Pakistan, continue to flood into the Pakistani government. Despite this flood of offers, Bibi and her family remain in Pakistan at a secure location provided by the government.
On October 31, the Supreme Court of Pakistan announced that it was acquitting Bibi of the blasphemy charges that had kept her on death row for nearly a decade. Three days of violent protest followed this announcement led by many of Pakistan religious hardliners. The hardliners demanded Bibi’s acquittal be reviewed and that she be added to the “Exit Control List” effectively barring her for leaving Pakistan.
In June 2009, Bibi was accused of using derogatory language against the Prophet Muhammed during a heated argument with Muslim coworkers. In November 2010, Bibi was sentenced to death on flimsy evidence under Pakistan’s controversial and harsh blasphemy laws.
Since then, Bibi’s case has remained a highly charged issue in Pakistan and has been the cause of at least two high profile political assassinations. Pakistani Christians fear that even if Bibi is allowed to seek asylum outside of Pakistan, the community she leaves behind will bear the wrath of Pakistan’s hardliners.
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