Death for Asia Bibi demanded by group of Muslims in Pakistan
11 Mar 2016
Rawalpindi: March 11, 2011. (PCP) The fear spread among Christians in Pakistan when news appeared in section of press to hang Asia Bibi by group of Muslim followers of Mumtaz Qadri who was hanged in Rawalpindi Jail on February 20, 2016, on murdering Punjab Governor Salman Taseer on seeking clemency for Christian mother Asia Bibi sentenced to death on accusations of blasphemy.
Governor Salman Taseer visit Asia Bibi in Sheikhupura Jail and assured her that he will write for clemency to President of Pakistan but during his visit to capital city Islamabad his body guard Mumtaz Qadri gunned him down on raising voice to amend and against misuse of blasphemy law.
The killer Mumtaz Qadri was taken as hero by Muslim fundamentalists and even by legal fraternity who showered rose petals on him during his appearance in Islamabad courts.
The strong reaction was recorded by fundamentalist after news of execution of Mumtaz Qadri in month of February and series of protests broke out in different cities of Pakistan.
In a fresh statement by followers of Mumtaz Qadri it demanded that Asia Bibi may be hanged till March 27, 2016, unless countrywide protest will be launched in first week of April 2016 to press for this demand.
Meanwhile, Christian faithful have responded en mass to the call made yesterday by the Catholic Church, for prayers for Asia Bibi - a Christian woman in jail on charges of blasphemy - after renewed threats to her safety.
The prayers were held in Rawalpindi, but also in Jhelum, Lahore and Sialkot. Pakistan’s Supreme Court decision to execute Mumtaz Qadri – who murdered the Punjab governor, Salman Taseer,, who had defended Asia Bibi – has sparked massive protests by Muslim radicals demanding the hanging of Christian women.
Arrested June 19, 2009 and sentenced to death at first instance in November 2010, Asia Bibi has since been subjected to solitary confinement for security reasons. Supporters of Qadri, who meanwhile are building a monument in his memory, have put pressure on the government to carry out the woman’s death sentence.