Fam­ily of woman on death row pray for free­dom

Gulf Times - - PAKISTAN -

The fam­ily of Asia Bibi, a Chris­tian mother who faces be­com­ing the first per­son to be ex­e­cuted for blas­phemy in Pak­istan, said they hoped the Supreme Court would free her.

How­ever, in any case they feared for their fu­ture life in Pak­istan un­der the blas­phemy laws, they told AFP.

Bibi, who has been on death row since 2010, is at the cen­tre of the high-pro­file case that has di­vided Pak­istan and drawn prayers from the Vat­i­can.

On Mon­day the Supreme Court heard her last ap­peal and an­nounced that it had reached a judg­ment, which it has yet to re­veal.

“We are hope­ful that what­ever the court pro­ceed­ings are, it will come out as pos­i­tive for us,” her hus­band Ashiq Me­sih told AFP.

Her daugh­ter Eisham Ashiq added: “I will be very happy the day my mother will be re­leased. I will hug her and will cry meet­ing her and will thank God that he has got her re­leased.”

Bibi’s fam­ily are in Lon­don on a visit or­gan­ised by the char­ity Aid to the Church in Need.

Bibi, a labourer, was ac­cused of blas­phemy against the Prophet Muham­mad (PBUH) in 2009 by Mus­lim women she was work­ing with in a field.

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