Monday, 24 August 2015

Father of blasphemy death sentenced petition to LHC to visit her daughter in prison

LAHORE: On 21 August,the father of Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman on death row, has filed a writ petition asking for his right to visit his daughter in prison after being repeatedly denied access to meet in prison since her 2010 conviction.

LEAD's lawyers filed petition in Lahore High Court on behalf of Soran Masih,father of Asia Bibi,who requested Sardar Mushtaq Gill,Human Rights Defender to visit in prison her daughter when met with him.

"I come to know about her appeal in supreme court and I wish to see her in prison because Children are also very dear to birds but we are not allowed,"told Soran Masih.
On July 25 , 2015 , Sardar Mushtaq Gill , Human Rights Defender and Advocate High Court went to visit and confirm Asia Bibi's health condition who is presently confined in Multan women prison death cell.He was not allowed to visit her,about whom it is reportedly said from last months that she was suffering from intestinal bleeding.

"It is Masih’s fundamental right to visit his daughter in jail and this cannot be denied by jail authorities or the Punjab government," Gill said.

On 22 July , the Supreme Court stays the execution of Asia Bibi on blasphemy charges after granting leave to appeal and accepted it for hearing.

Asia Bibi was found charged of making derogatory comments about the Prophet Muhammad during an argument with a Muslim co-worker women.

Asia Bibi , a Pakistani Christian mother of five , is on death row , has been given a ray of hope when the Apex Court granted her leave to appeal and accepted for hearing. The appeal was set to be heard on 22 July.

50-year-old , Asia Bibi has been on death row since she was accused of committing blasphemy in June 2009 by her fellow-workers. Session’s Court in District Nankana , ruled capital punishment for Asia Bibi in 2010. Her defence lawyers filed an appeal against the decision in High Court while she remained in prison since then.

During this period hearing of her appeal case was either rescheduled or delayed countless times. Nonetheless, on October 16 , 2014 the Lahore High Court sustained her death penalty after issuing a short order. Since her ordeal began, as per reports her health has deteriorated greatly.Now her second appeal against the death sentence is currently pending in the Supreme Court. 

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