Pakistani President Pardons Asia Bibi (Blasphemy)

International Christian Concern (ICC) reports Pakistani President has pardoned Asia Bibi. Here is the story:

Washington, D.C. (November 22, 2010)–International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that today the president of Pakistan has pardoned a Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy.

Asia Bibi was sentenced on November 8 after a court in Punjab province found her guilty of making blasphemous statements against the Islamic prophet Muhammad. According to Pakistan’s blasphemy law, it is a crime punishable by death to blaspheme the Islamic prophet.

Her release came after intense international pressure by politicians and church leaders as well as coverage by several media outlets.

Asia has now been taken to an undisclosed location for her safety. In the past, Christians have been killed by vigilantes after being accused of blasphemy. On July 19, gunmen killed Pastor Rashid Emmanuel and his brother, Sajid Emmanuel, while police were transporting them from the court in Faisalabad to jail. The gunmen also seriously wounded a policeman accompanying them.

Some Muslim lawyers and other fundamentalist Muslims are preparing to demonstrate against Asia’s release.

Read the rest of the story here.

Prayers have been answered. Let us continue to pray for Hector Aleem and other Christians in prison for blasphemy and or apostasy, and their loved ones.

  • Babar

    For the people who like to think…. Let’s have a look on the base of the Blasphemy law in Pakistan: as quoted “The law was radicalized during the 1980’s under the military dictatorship of General Zia ul Haq. He imposed life sentences, even death, for blasphemy to appease the Mullahs and legitimize his grip on power”. Everyone, who is aware of near history, knows that 11 year ruling tenure of General Zia ul Haq was strongly supported by America due to cold war with Russia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soviet_war_in_Afghanistan). These Mullahs (pro-talibans) are the base of this blasphemy law, who were supported by General Zia who in turn was supported by America to strengthen Mujahideen. These Mujahideen were exploited by USA against Soviet Union and they are now named Taliban (terrorists). People who like English movies should watch “Rambo III (1988)” (also known as Rambo : First Blood Part III in Malaysia) in which brotherhood of USA and Mujahideen (current Talibans/Terrorists) is signified. This movie was quite highly censored in the United Kingdom. In simple words, “Religious extremism that was nourished and exploited by USA and his allies to defeat Soviet Union is now a headache for east and west-and even for real followers of Islam (very less in number today)”.
    How can a prophet, even an average gentleman, advise his followers to kill a person who abuses him? History proves that Muhammad (prophet of Muslims) was tortured and teased at many occasions during his movement against wrong doers. After defeating those cruel people (who have been treating women and slaves like animals) Mohammad announced that everyone is forgiven whether he accepts Islam or not, with condition that he respects rights of every human irrespective of his cast, gender or wealth. Mohammad or his immediate followers (only immediate followers) never tried to harm any person (until he did something against humanity) who was against Islam (or in favor of feudalism), even after making Islamic government.
    This shameful blasphemy law (radicalized during 1980’s by a dictator General Zia who was strongly supported by USA) has no concern with Islam. It is just an effort (indirectly supported by USA at that time) by illiterate religious extremists to impose their evil thoughts.
    (May God Bless Asia Bibi)