Joseph Nadeem, who has been taking care of Asia Bibi’s family since her 2010 death sentence for blasphemy, spoke to Aid to the Church in Need, about their ordeal since her acquittal by Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Oct. 31.
Many Pakistani Christians – who are about 2% of the population – are children of converts to Christianity from the downtrodden “untouchable” Hindu tribal caste – they are sometimes called “chuhra” (a modern equivalent might be something like “toilet cleaner”). Their families converted in the late 19th to early 20th centuries in the villages of what is now the central Punjab of Pakistan. This “untouchable” caste status is at the root of several blasphemy charges against Christians.
In the past days a renewed tension has manifested over the fate of a Pakistani women who has spent her last 8 years in prison on death row. All along she always maintained her innocence. Asia Bibi is a Pakistani wife and mother of five. She and her family were the only Christians in their village and her fellow workers repeatedly urged her to convert to Islam. But, who is she and how did her story start?
International Christian Concern reported that the Supreme Court of Pakistan will announce its final verdict regarding Asia Bibi’s Supreme Court appeal tomorrow, October 31. Bibi, a Christian woman who was sentenced to death for allegedly committing blasphemy against the Prophet Muhammad, has been on death row since her conviction under Pakistan’s blasphemy laws in 2010.
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.