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Editor (29/01/2012 22:49)
Petition for Pakistani Asia Bibi's release from death sentence reaches over 500,000
Asia Noreen Bibi, whose case has received global interest, including that of Pope Benedict XVI, was sentenced to death by hanging in 2011 after spending more than a year in a Pakistani prison.
Asia Bibi, a wife and mother, is accused of making derogatory remarks about the Prophet Muhammad by Muslim witnesses, which she has denied.
Calls for Asia Bibi's release have increased as she awaits the Lahore High Court's ruling on her appeal in jail. A petition for Asia Bibi's release, which hopes to reach one million signatures, has already reached 560,848.
For Voice of the Martyr's petition see -
Church of Scotland (Guest) (09/03/2012 16:19)
The Church of Scotland has reaffirmed its support for the campaign to secure the release of a Christian woman held under Pakistan’s Blasphemy Law.
Asia Bibi was convicted in November 2010 and the Church of Scotland wrote then to the Government of Pakistan calling for her to be released and pardoned. The letter also urged them to repeal the Blasphemy Law.
A protest, march and peace rally is taking place in London tomorrow (Saturday March 10) at which campaigners will commemorate the first anniversary of the killing of Shahbaz Bhatti, Pakistan’s Minister for Minorities Affairs, demand the release of Asia Bibi, and call for the repeal of the Blasphemy Law.
A letter sent by the Church of Scotland will be read out at the three hour rally in Trafalgar Square, which has been organized by the British Pakistani Christian Association. The letter has been signed by the Very Rev Andrew McLellan, Convener of the Church of Scotland’s World Mission Council, and the rev Ian Galloway, Convener of the Church of Scotland’s Church and Society Council.
The Church of Scotland has ties with Pakistan which date back to 1857, and gave financial help following the 2005 earthquake in northern Pakistan and the more recent devastating floods. This allowed aid to reach communities of all faiths which had been affected by the disasters.
The Very Rev Andrew McLellan, Convener of the Church of Scotland’s World Mission Council, said: “We urge the Government of Pakistan to release and pardon Asia Bibi and to ensure that she and her family are protected from those who would seek take the law into their own hands.
“The Church of Scotland is concerned about the use and abuse of the Blasphemy Law in Pakistan to settle scores, exact revenge or inflame religious extremism. We urge the Government of Pakistan to repeal this law, which was designed to protect people of all faiths and to promote respect for all religions.
“Unfortunately it is being used to intimidate and terrorise minority faith communities in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. This goes against the traditions and teachings of Islam and is contrary to the culture of the majority of Pakistanis.”
For more information on tomorrow’s protest, march and peace rally visit
(Guest) (30/05/2012 21:43)
This is a humble request to America, England, Canada and other European Countries, to protect Asia Bibi not by petition but make her flee from Pakistan. If she will free from the prision but still her life will be at risk because Muslim Militants will kill her and her family. Please these countries are giving Asylum to all people who are in danger but nobody in this world to safe our Christian sister.
Assist News Service (Guest) (15/12/2012 17:08)
The husband of a Pakistani Christian woman, Asia Bibi, sentenced to death for blasphemy, appealed to Spain on Thursday to help free her and grant her asylum.
According to AFP, Ashiq Masih met with Spain's junior foreign minister Gonzalo de Benito in Madrid and spoke to journalists afterwards alongside Masih's daughter Sidra, 19, one of his and Asia Bibi's five children.
"We are very happy and have great faith that this country will help free my wife," Masih said via an interpreter.
He said the family had received threats since Bibi was sentenced to death in November 2010 after women claimed she insulted the Prophet Mohammed. Bibi is currently in jail pending an appeal.
"She is protected in prison and they are treating her well, but she is having a hard time because she is very far from her family and is suffering psychologically," Masih said.
"We live in hiding in Pakistan and we are very afraid. They say we have blasphemed against Mohammed and that they are going to kill us," he added.
Hanna S (Guest) (26/01/2013 22:44)
I'm lost for words. It is sickening. Free this poor woman NOW!
John Miller (28/01/2013 11:46)
This Christian lady demonsrates in her life and by her faith the superiority of personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Only such profound and unshakeable personal faith and the reality of personal communion with Him could sustain such a shining testimony in such dark surroundings.
We must continue to pray for her and her loved ones, but also for her captors and those who plot her death.
Such situations in the experiences of our persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ emphasise the importance of prayer meetings. I do not belittle individual prayer but scripture commends collective prayer.
I hear of poor attendance at many church prayer meetings and if true it is very sad.
Rosemary (Guest) (Guest) (29/05/2013 22:14)
We keep praying! Is there anymore uptodate news?
Cindy Wilson (Guest) (03/06/2013 17:52)
I am not a Christian yet I pray for Ms. Bibi and her family. Drinking from the same cup was her crime? This serves no deity and this is not justice. I urge the Pakistani government to release her! Please, let her go!!
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