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Toronto - London: Pak-Christians' dimutisation continues even in the west

Some participants hold up signs with their messages: 23% to 3% strikes a chord. Where have Pakistan's minorities gone?British Pakistani Christian Association sign protesting the blasphemy law and calling for victims to be given asylum With the situation of  Asia Bibi highlighting the extreme marginalization of the small Christian minority in Pakistan many Pakistani Christians feel this invisibility extends to their new homes in western countries.  Politicians who were noticeably silence, refused or have delayed in speaking up on behalf of Asia Bibi are now being asked some hard questions that they would rather not answer. The silence of politici...

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Canadians appeal to God and government to help Asia Bibi and other blasphemy victims languishing in Thailand

The crowd gathers to listen to reports about Asia Bibi and the asylum seekers in BangkokBPCA Representative in Canada, Keri-Lynn Gibbs was introduced at this event (pictured here with Peter Bhatti brother of slain Former Minister for Minorities Martyr Shahbaz Bhatti) Pak-Canadian Christians have been diligently lobbying their government to act on behalf of blasphemy victims, and to continue advocacy for Asia Bibi.  Asia Bibi still needs to be removed from the ECL list and diplomatic measures with Pakistan need to continue for her, but also to repeal the blasphemy laws that are at the root of this case. While government engage in talks, and concerned citi...

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Growing support from British communities but still no offer of asylum from Britain

At a meeting held on 14th November 2018 for Sikh's aspiring to engage with parliament at the House of Lords, one of the leading Sikh voices in Britain, Lord Singh, offered his support to the Chairman of the British Pakistani Christian Association, Wilson Chowdhry and Asia Bibi. Mr Chowdhry was invited as he has been one of the individuals who has supported the work of the Network of Sikh Organisations, for which Lord Singh is an executive director. During the meeting, Lord Singh delivered a touching tribute to the bravery and tenacity of Asia Bibi, vocalising his support for her to receive asylum in the UK. At the end ...

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Australians Rally for Asia Bibi

In 2009, Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman was wrongfully accused of and then convicted and sentenced to death by hanging in 2010 pursuant to Pakistan’s draconian blasphemy laws. She spent eight years languishing in solitary confinement in squalid and inhumane conditions on Pakistan’s death row. The blasphemy laws are often used as a weapon to vilify, victimise and marginalise an already hurting minority. Two of her biggest supporters, Minorities Minister Shahbaz Bhatti and former Governor of Punjab, Salman Taseer, were both assassinated for advocating for her. Taseer was shot in the back 27 times by his own security detail. Recentl...

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PM's Trade Envoy to Pakistan resigns over the UK's "lack of leadership... to morally do the right thing" on Asia Bibi's case

Reham Chishti has stepped down as Vice-Chairman of the Conservative Party and PM's Trade Envoy to Pakistan citing that he does not support the Draft of the EU Trade Agreement and most notably his disappointment with the UK's lack of leadership in doing the right thing regarding Asia Bibi's case. To read his resignation letter (click here) In his letter of resignation posted on Twitter, Mr Chishti said: "What I find shocking is that the British Government is failing to put into practice the core values that our country stands for: religious freedom, justice, morally doing the right thing, and that where we see injustice, when an individual...

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UK Foreign Office fear of attack on consulate staff led Home Office to block asylum for Asia Bibi

Today the UK Foreign Office admitted that Christian blasphemy victim Asia Bibi was blocked from being offered asylum for fears of attack to their consulate officials. Frightened UK officials in Pakistan pleaded to the Home Office led by the Rt Hon Sajid Javid, who capitulated to the same extremists that Imran Khan's government yielded to. The Guardian Newspaper, wrote: Tom Tugendhat, the Foreign Affairs Select Committee Chair, asked the Foreign Office permanent secretary, Sir Simon McDonald, whether the episode “does not raise the question that either staff should be withdrawn or security increased or otherwise UK policy is effectively dicta...

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Priest who testified against Bishop Franco Mulakkal in nun's sexual assault complaint found dead

Father Kuriakose Kattuthara (62-yrs-old) was found dead on Monday morning in his room dead in St. Mary's Church in Dasuya in Jalandhar. He was a strong supporter of the nun who registered the comp in the sexual assault case against Bishop Franco Mulakkal who was alleged to have raped a nun 13 times between 2014-2016 years. After making his statement to the police, he told his family that he feared that he "would be a dead man if the accused was granted bail". (click here) Fr Kuriakose had said: “The sisters had approached me complaining about Bishop Franco. They did not approach the Kerala police fearing the bishop. In fact,...

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Call to Action: The UN and Other Western Nations Must Act Immediately to Save Asia Bibi

British Pakistani Christian Association requested asylum be granted to Asia Bibi by the Australian government and they sent us a correspondence declining to do so. After viewing that response Australian citizen Lara Hall submitted the following opinion article as a call to action.In 2010, Pakistani Christian woman Asia Bibi, was convicted and sentenced to death by hanging pursuant to Pakistan’s draconian blasphemy laws. Although she was accused of blasphemy, in reality, her single crime was drinking a cup of water from a communal well in a primarily Muslim community. Sadly, many blasphemy cases are often contrived to alienate, repress and vilify the Christi...

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Asia Bibi and her family ask people of good conscience to pray for them as a petition is to be heard challenging her acquittal

Asia Bibi's family ask for prayers for their family after being forced to remain in Pakistan while Imran Khan's Government demand that the Supreme Court hears a petition challenging Asia Bibi's acquittal. After three days of riots, and a petition submitted by religious cleric Qari Salam, the Pakistan government promised to implement legal proceedings to prevent Asia Bibi's departure from the country. The decision of the Supreme Court Special bench was articulated with forensic precision in a manner than any scholarly person would find it virtually impossible to refute. Their interest was also in upholding the standards of the blasphemy law in ...

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Asia Bibi's release day has finally come! Now what?

Asia Bibi has been set free from her long-term home under captivity at Multan Jail and we confirmed this with media after news from her family.  BPCA will not be confrming any more details to media groups until given the express permission of the family.Wilson Chowdhry has spoke with the family of Asia Bibi, at 6am UK time on 8th November and they expressed that is of the utmost importance that there be no further speculation on her whereabouts reported by either concerned groups or international media.  Asia Bibi, her family and guardians all still face a real and present danger of being killed.This article is to celebrate the release of Asia Bibi and though...

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