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A Candlelight Vigil is to be held in the garden of St Mary's Church Islington at the site of a Church were the first ever Pakistani Christian church in
the UK began.
The vigil will begin at 5pm following an Asian Church Convention and people of all diversities are welcome to come show their support for near-10 year blasphemy convict Asia Bibi whose life stands in the balance, after Mulsim rioters in Pakistan have forced the Government of Pakistan to agree to hear an appeal of her recent successful supreme Court appeal verdict.
People of good conscience are invited to attend the Convention as most of the service will be conducted in English or to join the vigil at 5pm and to bring candles that will be lit in support of Asia Bibi's immediate evacuation from Pakistan and into the UK or any other safe western nation.
Wilson Chowdhry said,
"We do not really know why after seeming so determined the government decided to negotiate with those whose interests do not support the cause of justice. The past few days have brought a plethora of emotions to all closely involved with her case.
"Some might think that these are skillful political moves especially with the IMF in country from yesterday, meant to give the appearance of justice while never really having intended to free Asia Bibi in the first place. But perhaps this is all a ruse to buy time for to help her exit the country safely?
"With all the uncertainly what I know for sure is that Asia Bibi still needs our continued prayer and support but even then we praise God for her exoneration."
Pakistani Christians are travelling from as afar as Glasgow to celebrate just over 50 years since the historic church was initiated by Mujeeb, Najeeb and Waheeb Chowdhry early Christian pioneers whose work is being heralded as the start of Pakistani Diaspora churches which have now proliferated across the UK. At the event British Pakistani Christian Association will be revealing their initial anthropological research of Asian Christians in the UK, which will lead to a published report early next year. (click here)
Son of Waheeb Chowdhry, Wilson Chowdhry who chairs the British Pakistani Christian Association has collaborated with Pakistani Minorities Organisation, led by Asif Mall who came to the UK in the 1980's to gather Christians together on this historic celebration.
The convention was planned prior to knowledge of Asia Bibi's release but the fortunate timing has allowed for a segment of the event to be dedicated to celebrate the release of Asia Bibi and to pray for her safe exit from Pakistan with her family and carers.
Ooberfuse a Catholic band who with Wilson Chowdhry created a campaign song and video for Asia Bibi which was watched by over 150,000 people will be performing the song live at the event and a collection will be taken up in support of the family of Asia Bibi. Recently Ooberfuse reported on thousands of abusive comments after a Facebook relaunch of the video went viral in Pakistan (click here).
The vigil will take place at 5pm at the end of the Convention
Only today Asia Bibi's lawyer who successfully won her court appeal under tense circumstances has fled Pakistan for safety in the west after violent Muslim rioters who had threatened to kill him along with Asia Bibi and other people who supported her, brought the country to a standstill - forcing Imran Khan's supine government to cave in to their demands.
Pakistan's government has already signed an agreement with the rioters to an review of a Supreme Court appeal - previously unheard of - and to place Asia Bibi on a Exit Control List, preventing her leaving the country.
This news has caused a rollercoaster of emotions for everyone involved and now even Asia Bibi's courageous lawyer has made the decision to leave Pakistan. (click here)
It is hoped that a personal appeal video with the family will be recorded today and aired at the Convention and vigil.