Asia Bibi, who has been on death row since 2010, was accused of making blasphemous comments during an argument with a Muslim woman over a glass of water. Campaigners have called for the mother-of-two to be hanged as her case continues to be held up in Pakistan’s courts. Mrs Asia Bibi’s attorney Saiful Malook says Chief Justice of Pakistan declined his client’s request for an early appeal hearing sparking fears for the Christian’s life. If the Supreme Court upholds Mrs Bibi’s conviction her only chance at survival is to appeal to Pakistan’s president for clemency.
The mother of two, also known as Aasiya Noreen, will become the first woman in Pakistan to be lawfully executed for blasphemy if the death penalty is carried out.
Blasphemy Law has gravely endangered the lives of Minorities especially Christians in Pakistan. If anyone is accused even wrongly of blasphemy, that persons days are numbered in Pakistan. Firstly, law enforcing agencies (predominantly Muslims) show a lot of disrespect for the person and the person is subjected to brutal torture. The torturers think that they are carrying out a sacred duty by torturing such person. If the blasphemy accused is acquitted by the Court of Law, the religious extremist groups are sure to kill that person. This Law is being abundantly used by rivals to settle their personal disputes with Christians/Minorities. Sheepish Christian leadership is also reluctant to raise voice against this law for fear of their lives.
Many sane politicians and political parties genuinely feel that Blasphemy Law shall be repealed or at-least shall be amended to make it little mild but they are afraid of religious extremist groups and backlash for hardliners. Lately Mr. Salman Taseer, a sitting Governor of Punjab (Most Populated Province of Pakistan) was killed by his Guard Mumtaz Qadri for just visiting Asia Bibi ( Blasphemy Accused) in Jail. Mumtaz Qadri is now considered equal to saint by these religious extremists for killing the Governor Salman Taseer.
It is time that international community shall recognize their responsibility and start exerting pressure on all governments irrespective of religions to repeal all such laws, so that religious minorities can live with peace and security in their respective countries.