Asia Bibi: People must help Pakistanis falsely accused of blasphemy
The “whole world” should put pressure on Pakistan to either scrap or reform its controversial blasphemy laws, said Asia Bibi, the Catholic mother freed after eight years on death row.
In her first newspaper interview since her release in May, Bibi said she believed innocent people were in jail in Pakistan after being falsely accused of blasphemy.
“I pray to God that everyone falsely implicated in blasphemy cases should be released, that they get freedom and God helps them,” she told The Sunday Telegraph.
“People should listen to them and hear them and consider their grief and help them to get out,” she said in an interview published on 1st September.
“My whole life suffered, my children suffered, and this had a huge impact on my life,” she continued.
“There are many other cases where the accused are lying in jail for years, and their decision should also be done on merit,” she said. “The world should listen to them. I request the whole world to pay attention to this issue.”
She said many people are accused of blasphemy “without any proper investigation, without any proper proof.”
Picture: The daughters of Asia Bibi, a Catholic eventually acquitted of blasphemy, pose in 2010 with an image of their mother while standing outside their residence in Sheikhupura, Pakistan. Bibi, the Pakistani Catholic mother freed after eight years on death row, says people must help Pakistanis falsely implicated in blasphemy cases get released. (CNS photo/Adrees Latif, Reuters).Tags: Asia Bibi, Bibi, blasphemy, Pakistan, Pakistani, Pakistanis