Saturday, 25 July 2015

A visit to Asia Bibi in prison not allowed 

MULTAN: Today 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. Mr. Gill was not permitted by jail officials to visit Asia about whom it is reportedly said from last months that she is suffering from intestinal bleeding , her health problems are only getting worse and she is in dire need of medical attention.
On 22 July , the Supreme Court stays the execution of Asia Bibi on blasphemy charges after granting leave to appeal and accepted her appeal for hearing.

Zulifqar Masih,Human Rights Defender education co-ordinator of LEAD along with Aric John , Advocate High Court and main counsel of LEAD were present in the court when the Supreme Court has heard the arguments advanced by Asia's lawyer. The full bench of Supreme Court ordered in the hearing and issued orders to stop implementation of death sentence till next order.

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 police custody 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 LEAD has also started a petition calling for Bibi's release because the case has created a sense of insecurity among Christian community particularly among Christians working women. It also requested for  prayers and it urged to international community to lobby the Pakistani government for her release and prayers requests are sent to international community for Asia's release and our support.

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