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The petition against Asia Bibi's acquittal will be submitted to Lahore Supreme Court on 5th November 2018. BPCA is calling on Christians worldwide to pray and world leaders to act quickly to grant asylum to Asia Bibi and all those associated with this case, before Asia is placed on an exit control list and potentially loses the freedom granted in her recent Supreme Court verdict through a challenge made by extremist group Tehreek-e-Lebaaik.
Blasphemy laws and the need for Asia Bibi's asylum and that of other Pak-Christians' who have fled to third countries like Thailand, Sri Lanka, and Malaysia can no longer be ignored as their persecution is revealed to the world.
The family of Asia and long term guardian Joseph Nadeem are yet to be offered asylum in any western nation despite numerous media reports. This has exacerbated fears for their safety as though an application has been made to release Asia Bibi from her cell which will soon come to fruition, unless she is removed from Pakistan she may find herself on an exit control list (ECL) that would restrict her travel to freedom. Moreover, unable to flee Pakistan the petition to appeal her positive supreme court appal verdict may place Asia back in the cell she has fought so bravely to escape. Asylum simply must be found before her small window of hope is removed from her grasp and she falls into the hands of those who want to kill her:
Those who want Asia Bibi dead include the very young!
Ashiq Masih (55 yrs), husband of Asia Bibi, said:
"Our family was elated by the recent decision to free my wife but news of the governments capitulation to the rioters who ant us all dead has broken our hearts.
"My daughters weep for their mother their hope that they would be reunited has been broken and they are trying to piece together their frail confidence that she will return to them.
"That fundamentalists can cause our government to shift direction, alarms me, but I trust our God will give freedom and peace to Asia - through the prayers of our many millions of supporters who are not violent.
"Jesus loves us and died for us, He will be feeling our pain and will show the world his divine nature by beating these impossible circumstances."
Eisham Masih (18 yrs), said:
"We have been moving around from home to home staying away from any places where people who hate us could find us.
"Sometimes we have seen and heard the large riots and we have watched as little tv as possible - all it shows us, is how many people hate us and want us dead. We choose to remember the love shown to us in countries outside of Pakistan.
"I have cried for joy when I heard my mother would be set free, I now cry for the despair of our situation only God can save us all and when I pray I have felt his presence at my darkest moments. He will show the world that no worldly institutions can thwart his plans for us.
It is a great concern how international bodies and even some western governments can ignore the ruthless and capricious abuses of human rights in Pakistan, and why after so many years Asia Bibi's infamously mishandled case was never condemned by the UN.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) begin their preparations for their scheduled meeting next week and accordingly this desire for aid money could be an extenuation of why PM Khan signed an agreement with the extremists (click here)
Islamabad will receive another visit from on the IMF team's initiative in the coming weeks for discussions of a possible IMF-supported economic program. How timely was the capitulation to rioters on the day that the IMF arrived in Islamabad...
Some believe that the cave in was simply a ruse to end the rioting, which would fit in with the huge number of 250 arrests of rioters that has taken place since the ostensible capitulation (click here)
Wilson Chowdhry said:
"The farce of appeal after appeal, with judges stepping out at the last minute that has gone on for almost 10 years cannot be lost on the World. Why are these human right abuses and these clearly unacceptable blasphemy laws in Pakistan so often ignored?
"Prohibiting her departure from Pakistan means she will never have a moments peace, and makes her a more open target for extra-judicial killing by restricting her movement.
"We call on world leaders to take a stand for truth and justice and open their doors for asylum to Asia Bibi, her entire family, and also the family of Joseph Nadeem their long time guardian."
With the acquittal of blasphemy victim Asia Bibi it may have been easy to forget that blasphemy laws continue to exist and be supported by the Pakistani government with the full weight of the death penalty.
Timely asylum is desperately needed not only for the family of Asia Bibi, but many others who could still suffer extra-judicial killing but still prosecution by the state for blasphemy allegations. Without the ability to leave the country it seems to be only a matter of time before they find her.
Asia Bibi's husband has appealed to the President of the United States, the Prime Minister of the UK and Prime Minister of Canada to help his family and their guardian's family in a video sent to the BPCA:
Joseph Nadeem, guardian to the family, said:
"We require at least ten guaranteed offers for asylum from any country in the west but no-one is offering us any asylum, every embassy we apply to is delaying the process.
"We have committed no crime yet all of us are being treated as pariah's and every day that we remain in Pakistan we are a day closer to death. Asia will be released soon and she cannot remain in Pakistan it will incite people to hatred and it is imperative that a western nation offers us a safe way out of the country.
"We have lost our lives for the last ten years and have also been living in isolation. We seek refuge in Britain, the US, Canada or Australia countries in which the largest Pakistani Christian diasporas reside - we need the support and fellowship of our community.
"These four countries are preferred as I have a good command of English and Asia's family have a little knowledge of the language already, this will help us adapt quicker to the demands of a new country of residence.
"We are not objects for display but real human beings and will have to one day become less dependant on others but of course we will accept the first offer of asylum that comes our way - we are desperate."
"Please Theresa May, Donald Trump, Justin Trudeau, Scott Morrison and others help us flee our captivity."
"British Pakistani Christian Association have our power of attorney to speak to any officials from nations that would be willing to rescue us from our plight. Please communicate with them."
BPCA is appealing to the British, American, Australian and Canadian governments for her family and guardian's family to be given immediate asylum as they need to be urgently evacuated from the situation. We are speaking to leading politicians who have supported the work of the BPCA before.
Asia Bibi's solicitor has fled Pakistan due to the threats he is receiving (click here) it is therefore ludicrous to not allow Joseph Francis her guardian similar asylum as he has been even more visible.