A news bulletin from AID TO THE CHURCH IN NEED (UK)
Asia Bibi, the Pakistani Christian women who spent more than a decade on death row after being unjustly convicted of blasphemy, has left Pakistan and flown to Canada, according to reports.
At Aid to the Church in Need we were privileged to welcome some of Asia Bibi’s family to the UK last year. Thank you to so many of you who have prayed and campaigned for Asia’s release.
For Asia and her family today is a day of rejoicing, but it is important we do not forget the violent protests that came following her acquittal. Asia and her family may still face danger – many violent threats to her life have been made over the recent years.
ACN UK’s National Director, Neville Kyrke-Smith has said “Today is also a day tinged with great sadness – as we remember those others who are still incarcerated or unjustly accused under the Blasphemy Laws today, as well as those who sacrificed so much for Asia Bibi – particularly the politicians Salman Taseer and Shabazz Bhatti who gave up their lives in the pursuit of freedom for Asia. Our prayers and our work will continue in commitment to help all those who are unjustly accused by radical fundamentalists and who cannot practice their Christian faith freely.”
Father Emmanuel Yousaf, National Director of the National Commission for Justice and Peace in Pakistan has spoken to ACN and said “Congratulations to ACN for all the hard work and prayers that have helped to make this day possible. We thank God that justice has prevailed and wish all the best for the family. We also thank God that the family is now being reunited at long last. And we pray to God that they will have a better future and can put behind them nearly 10 years of suffering.”
Christians in Pakistan make up less than 2% of the population, yet the ongoing persecution they face is clear for all to see. Asia Bibi is one of hundreds of Christians falsely accused of blasphemy in the country. Critics of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws say that accusations are often used as a source of revenge after personal disputes.
Supporting persecuted Christians is the very core of our work at Aid to the Church in Need. Our work in Pakistan, and many other countries where Christians face oppression and violence, is ongoing. It is only with your compassion that we can continue this vital work. Thank you.
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