Asia Bibi free but under guard as Pakistan’s Muslims erupt in fury; Canadian TV station tries to sponsor her
VIDEO: [UK Guardian] Montage of demonstrations from all over Pakistan objecting to a court decision that commuted the charge of blasphemy against Christian Asia Bibi. [Oct. 31, 2018]
Her death sentence was commuted by Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Oct. 31 following an appeal.
The decision prompted violent demonstrations by the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan Islamist movement. Her lawyer, Saiful Malook, and his family have fled to the Netherlands out of concern for their safety.
Although cleared of the charges, Bibi has been living in a prison converted to a safe house since the decision, unable to leave for fear of her life.
The mother of five and her husband, Ashiq Masih, are pleading for asylum in Canada, the United States or the United Kingdom.
Yes TV’s CEO, Lorna Dueck, wrote to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland on Nov. 5, urging them to welcome Bibi to Canada.
“With Asia’s own expressed desire to seek asylum in Canada, our country must welcome this woman and her family, who, unless a nation intervenes imminently, will face death despite the expressed full pardon of her own Court and government,” she wrote.
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