Pakistan Human Rights Group Organizes A ‘Prayer Day and Campaign’ For the Release of Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman who has been convicted by a Pakistani court of blasphemy. It also calls for a ‘total repeal’ of the country’s controversial blasphemy laws.
Many Pakistani Christians in Pakistan, on Sunday, January 30, 2011, heeded the call from Human Rights Focus Pakistan (HRFP), to observe a “Prayer Day and Campaign” for the release of Asia Bibi, the 45-year-old Christian mother of five who has been sentenced to death for alleged blasphemy.
|Leaders of Human Rights Focus Pakistan|
ANS has learned that prison officials have now transferred Bibi to a secure cell at Sheikphura prison to protect her from possible assassination attempts.
Her husband, Ashiq Masih, has told the media that, because Asia was in constant danger of being attacked, prison and government officials decided to increase security for her protection.
Ashiq told Fides news service (www.fides.org) that his wife was transferred to her own personal cell and is now guarded 24/7 by two prison guards and two security cameras.
Her food is also thoroughly inspected to avoid the risk of poisoning.
Asia “is still sad and concerned about her children, her husband said. “I told her she should trust in God” and assured her that “we are doing everything possible to ensure her released.
“I also told her that all Christians and people of good will in Pakistan will be praying for her on the day for peace on Jan. 30,” her husband said.
And since he made that statement, special prayers were offered in churches, and peaceful protests and meetings were held by different humanitarian and minority right groups across the country.
|Another protest for repeal of blasphemy laws and for Asia Bibi’s release|
Human Rights Focus Pakistan also called for the “total repeal” of the country’s controversial blasphemy laws.
The group also organized an activists meeting in Lahore for what it called “the strategy, lobbying and uniting the Christians, minority and human rights groups, for a strong campaign for Asia’s release,” also for a “total repeal of blasphemy laws and against the persecution of people because of religion.”
Naveed Walter, President of Human Rights Focus Pakistan, said, “We are hopeful for a change in our society. We have to unite on one platform to make a strategy for a strong campaign for Asia’s release.”
He went on to say that the minority representatives role in government Assemblies were “not a role of true representation.”
HRFP, said Walter, condemned the present government’s system in which only Muslims are the decision makers.
“They always nominate a person from the Christian community or other minorities, who obey them blindly,” he claimed. “We, as HRFP’s activists, urge the government to give equal rights to all minorities in Pakistan.”