Save Asia Bibi. The Rampant Terrorization of Blasphemy Laws in Pakistan
It was reported today that a young Christian woman in Pakistan has been sentenced to death for the crime of blasphemy. She has also been fined £700 which is two and a half years wages in her job as a field labourer. The crime was in engaging in a discussion with Muslim neighbours who wished to convert her to Islam, they took offence at a mild remark of hers and apparently set the men onto her and her children. She was beaten and imprisoned. There is currently another similar case ongoing in Lahore.
The blasphemy laws of President Zia Ul-Haq in Pakistan have been exploited to persecute non-Muslims for many years now. They are commonly used to blackmail or dispossess victims who may be condemned on nothing more than a false rumour of tearing a koran page.
This commonwealth country, receiving aid in billions from the west while plotting actions against neighbouring India such as the Mumbai massacre two years ago, is guilty of human rights violations that need to be stopped.
The Pakistani minorities,- Ahmadi Muslims, Christians and Hindus are being treated as pariahs in their own country. We should do anything in our power to help them to secure their equal treatment under the law. Maybe the threat of turning off the flow of financial aid would concentrate minds.