As we reported yesterday, the Pakistani Supreme Court reserved its judgement on the final appeal against the execution of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman sentenced to death for breaching the country’s infamous blasphemy law. Unfortunately, there is a chance the judges feel threatened: according to Reuters, a hardline Pakistani Islamist group has warned of “terrible consequences” if Asia Bibi is granted leniency in the appeal heard on Monday.
The imprisoned Christian mother of five who has been sitting on death row for blasphemy in Pakistan for almost eight years will finally have her appeal heard by the Pakistan Supreme Court early next week. Dawn.com, Pakistan’s oldest and largest english language newspaper, reports that a supplementary cause list issued on Friday indicates that a three-judge panel headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar will hear the appeal of Asia Bibi (also known as Aasiya Noreen) on Monday.
Washington D.C. – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that on September 21, a group of Muslims looted and then burned a Christian family’s home and car in Gujar Khan, Pakistan. As the only Christian family in the neighborhood, they have faced repeated harassment and violence at the hands of their Muslim peers.
Due to widespread discrimination, Pakistani Christians often cluster together in poor urban slums. Working as day laborers or sanitation workers, these Christians scrape a living working on the lowest rung of Pakistan’s social ladder. After generations of living in these “Christian ghettos”, a poverty and subservient mindset has settled into the consciousness of many Pakistani Christians.
Millions of people in the world’s second-largest Muslim nation are preparing to head to the polls next week for national parliamentary elections. A record number of 11,855 candidates are vying for 849 seats in Pakistan’s general elections. More than a hundred political parties are taking part in the 2018 elections. Among them, an unprecedented number of Islamic extremists and sectarian groups, some with ties to Al Qaeda and terror-related violence.
The proposal of the coalition of the radical Islamic parties in Pakistan aroused the opposition of the Christians and of some Mussulmans in the country. The extremists want to impose the Sharía in Pakistan. The alliance of three regional parties intends to impose this new law if they come to power on the 25th July.