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Hush, hush on Asia Bibi's asylum as countries shirk at doing anything to "inflame tensions"

ASIA BIBI: Sensitivity & Security named as the rationale for the silence around the world. Fears for Asia and others shout, as "quiet talks" proceed. Politicians hushed by leaders saying: Asia's security is  "the most important thing"! Europe's silence on Asia Bibi is compounded through cancelled hearings or those held behind closed doors as the west cowers at the exhibited intolerance of large swathes of the Muslim Population of Pakistan, finally realising how years of excessive foreign aid budget have had little if no impact on making the nation more accepting of it's minorities. The hushed murmurings on Asia Bibi are welcome by the...

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One year later poppy hero's assailants still at large

BPCA Chairman Wilson Chowdhry visiting Tajamal Amer after the brutal rogue attack in October 2017 A year after a vicious assault on a British Pakistani Christian man by assailants left Derbyshire resident Tajamal Amer with a concussion and bleeding in his brain and unable to work, police have yet to lay charges.   The delivery man was attacked last October 20, 2017 as he was at work delivering food. As his vehicle was his primary workplace, he personalised his space decorating it with poppies in support of the British Armed Services and hanging a cross representing his Christian faith from his rearview mirror. Following the incident his ch...

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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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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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Growing support from British multi-faith 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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