Pakistan: Asia Bibi in isolation cell

Asia Bibi

Asia Bibi

Asia Bibi, the Christian woman  in Pakistan condemned to death accused of blasphemy and imprisoned in Sheikhpura jail for over a year and a half has been moved into an isolation cell,  Fides has learnt. In November there were reports that she had been freed, but these proved to be false. Asia's husband, Ashiq Masih, has just visited her and confirmed that the prison authorities, in agreement with the government, have moved her to a single cell for her own protection, as she has received many death threats.

Ashik said Asia is  being held in a cell with two guards in view, while two telecameras are trained on her 24 hours a day. The food given to her is also strictly controlled. To avoid the risk of poisoning, raw food is given to her and she is allowed to cook the food for herself.

Her husband told Fides: “Asia is still sad and worried for her children. I told her to trust in God and that we are doing everything to secure her freedom. I have also told her that all Christians and people of good will in Pakistan will pray for her on the World Day of Peace on 30 January.”

According to the Masihi Foundation, that is providing assistance to Asia'a family, “she is enjoying greater protection, but she will only be safe when she can leave the country.”

The Foundation is trying to organise a family visit for Asia in jail but awaits the necessary authorisation. It is possible that she will be transferred to another prison.

Human rights groups and church leaders around the world are campaigning for Asia's release, while the political situation in Pakistan is becoming increasingly volatile.

Source: Fides

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