COMMENT This is the latest update on the outrageous situation of Asia Bibi, the poor Pakistani Christian woman falsely accused of blasphemy against false-prophet Mohammed, who has languished in jail for the last nine years. Despite the Pakistani Supreme Court finally giving orders for her release various weeks ago, the public outcry from thousands of hardcore Islamic fanatics swearing they will murder her if she appears free, secrecy still shrouds her current whereabouts.
THIS IS THE FIRST CHRISTMAS OF ASIA BIBI IN NINE YEARS. IT IS NOT KNOWN HOW SHE WAS ABLE TO CELEBRATE THE BIRTH OF JESUS. MOREOVER SHE IS NOT THE ONLY CHRISTIAN WHO SUFFERS IN THIS WAY
Daughters and husband of Asia Bibi
By José Luis Restán on 25th December 2018, on COPE
For Asia Bibi this will be her first Christmas in freedom in the last nine years, and it will be a bittersweet Christmas because she will spend it, together with her husband, in a secret place under the protection of the Pakistani government. At the moment she cannot enjoy with all her family reunited or start a new life free of threats, because she is waiting for the Supreme Court of Pakistan to examine, probably in January, the request to review the acquittal of the crime of blasphemy against her, established by the High Court on October 31. Asia Bibi’s lawyers are confident that her acquittal will be definitively confirmed and then the government will grant the entire family a visa to travel to one of the countries that have offered them asylum.
Let’s not forget that meanwhile, Asia and her family are being targeted by Islamist fanatics. In fact it is not known how she will celebrate Christmas, if she will be able to attend Christmas Mass, or if a priest will be allowed to visit her so that she can receive the Sacrament of Penance and the Eucharist that she so much wishes.
In any case, the history of Asia Bibi has allowed the horrendous abuses committed under the umbrella of the blasphemy law to come to light, which continues to produce innocent victims in a country that radical Islamists consider “the land of the pure.” A land where Christians are ready to celebrate Christmas under strict security measures; a country in which violence and hatred have not succeeded in extinguishing the testimony of Jesus who is reborn.
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