Asia Bibi’s execution temporarily suspended

asia_bibiChristian woman accused of blasphemy and sentenced to death by Pakistan Court can have a sigh of relief at least for the time being. It is not just Bibi and her close ties that are relieved, but a large community around the world who are praying for her. The Supreme Court of Pakistan temporarily suspended her death sentence. But Bibi will have to remain in the prison until the next procedure.

Eisham Ashiq, Bibi’s daughter expressed her feelings of relief after hearing the news “Now, after all this, I ask you to pray for my mother, for my family, for her freedom and the freedom of all Christians.”Many international communities had come forward demanding the release of Asia Bibi. In recent times, many innocent Christians have been persecuted under the pretext of blasphemy law.

Bibi was sentenced to death in 2010 following an incident occurred in June 2009, while Asia Bibi was working as a farmhand. Some co-workers asked her to fetch some water. But when she brought water, some of their Muslim colleagues refused to drink the water saying it was ‘unclean’ to drink water given by Christians. The allegations say that a verbal conflict followed between Asia Bibi and two women, during which Bibi verbally abused Islam and Prophet Muhammad. A few days later, an angry mob rushed to her house, and brutally attacked her and her family. Though Bibi was rescued by the police, she was soon charged the country’s notorious anti-law blasphemy under Section 295 C of Pakistan Penal code..