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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.
Recently, in October of this year, the Supreme Court of Pakistan acquitted Asia Bibi. The panel, composed of three judges, upheld Pakistan’s barbaric and draconian blasphemy laws but acquitted Asia on the grounds that the prosecution case was fraught with contradiction, error, and could therefore not substantiate her conviction.
Although she has been completely exonerated of all wrongdoing and is innocent, her fate and the fate of her family and associates remains in the balance. Following her exoneration, thousands and thousands of protestors and rioters took to the street calling for the “blood” of Asia Bibi and her sympathisers. Asia is currently being kept in an undisclosed location in Pakistan and is under Pakistani Army protection. There are currently countless extremists in Pakistan waiting like lions in their dens to lynch Asia and her family.
Despite this abysmal predicament, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who self-identifies as a Christian, has denied Asia Bibi asylum. In an abhorrently administrative letter, the Australian government essentially told Asia to “queue up.” Given that two people have already been executed in the collateral of this case and that there are an inordinate number of people waiting to kill her, forcing her to “queue up” is tantamount to throwing her to the lions and wolves waiting to kill her. Also, in light of the fact that Taseer was killed by his own security detail, who is to say that one of the people protecting Asia Bibi won’t go rogue and kill her? How much more blood must be spilt in this case? Why is Australia, lauded for its view on human rights and a member state of the United Nations since 1945, not intervening to prevent further bloodshed?
It is also worth noting that the United Kingdom headed by Prime Minister, Theresa May, has also denied asylum to Asia Bibi. Given that asylum was immediately offered to Malala Yousaf Zai one can only extrapolate that the UK has capitulated to the extremists. Why the sudden change of heart? What sort of precedent does this set for other persecuted minorities if the UK won’t take a stance against extremists and extend help to this vulnerable woman?
The British Pakistani Christian Association (BPCA) headed by Wilson Chowdhry is heading to Australia to hold peaceful vigils and demonstrations to help free Asia Bibi and save her from an abysmal fate. Wilson Chowdhry is one of the few people that is in direct contact with Asia Bibi's family and he, along with BPCA as a whole, are her biggest advocates and supporters.
Wilson Chowdhry, said:
"This vigil is important countries across the globe are exhibiting fear in offering an innocent woman with asylum, frightened that in doing so their embassies and realms will be attacked by extremists.
"Never in my life have I seen such vehement hatred focused on one person, if she steps out of a door in Pakistan she will be instantly ripped apart by the mobs seeking her life.
"If ever a woman has deserved asylum it is Asia Bibi who has lost 9.5 years of her life to a false allegation of blasphemy, she has been acquitted by the highest court in her land and now the Government of Pakistan must do the right thing and set her free.
"If Pakistani security forces cannot protect your embassies then perhaps it is time to cut diplomatic and economic ties - making Bibi suffer is disgraceful.
"I pray that PM Scott Morrison and his colleagues commend Asia's bravery in not capitualting to the demands of Islamists and converting, knowing full well that holding on to her faith would destroy her life.
"Such bravery in the face of adversity should be honoured by those who believe in freedom on conscience - so please Australia show your love for this woman, give her hope of safety and open your doors for her to your wonderful country."
The large vigil will be held in Sydney ton Saturday 24th November starting at 12pm at the NSW Parliament House. The vigil will then move peacefully through Martin Place and finish at the Pakistani Consulate on Pitt Street. Please come and join this peaceful vigil supporting Asia Bibi. Please stand with Asia Bibi, an innocent, persecuted Christian woman who desperately needs our help.
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