Western countries must give Asia Bibi asylum, say Christian campaigners

Source: CT

Asia Bibi's daughters
ReutersBibi’s daughters pose with an image of their mother while standing outside their residence in Sheikhupura located in Pakistan’s Punjab Province.

Christians campaigning for the release of Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman on death row for blasphemy, are calling upon Western countries to offer her asylum.

The call was made as a final appeal against her death sentence was heard in court on Monday in which a decision was reserved by the judge.

Bibi was sentenced to death in 2010 and Pakistani Christians have been praying for her release ever since. However, they fear that even if the sentence is overturned, she will be killed by extremists upon release.

Monday marked the final hearing in a lengthy appeal against her death sentence.

Leighton Medley, of the British Pakistani Christian Association (BPCA) said the court hearing was like ‘D-Day’ for Bibi, who has spent the last decade in prison, separated from her husband and children.

‘We must have faith that God can intervene in this situation and this mountain will be removed, it is very much like going into the lion’s den,’ said Medley.

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