Islamic mullahs are reportedly going door-to-door seeking the life of the Pakistani Christian woman who was recently acquitted of a blasphemy charge by a Pakistani court.
Asia Bibi, a Roman Catholic mother of five from rural Pakistan, spent the better part of the last decade languishing in a windowless cell after she was accused in 2009 of blaspheming Mohammed. Blasphemy is a capital offense in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
John Pontifex, of Aid to the Church in Need UK (ACN), which has campaigned for Bibi’s freedom since 2010, said in recent statements to The Guardian:
[Bibi’s family has] told me that mullahs had been reported in their neighborhood going from house to house showing photos of family members on their phones, trying to hunt them down.
The family have had to move from place to place to avoid detection. Sometimes they can only operate after sundown. They have had to cover their faces when they go out in public. They have had to remove the rosary that hangs from their car rear-view mirror for fear of attack.
[Their faith is] sustaining them in this time of acute danger. They say that if they are not allowed to find a future outside Pakistan, the fear is that sooner or later something terrible might happen to them.
An illiterate field hand, Bibi had been picking berries with some Muslim women in 2009 when they told her to fetch them some water. When she returned, the women refused to drink after her, claiming that her Christian faith had made the cup “unclean.” Bibi said that they insulted her, spat in her face and demanded she convert to Islam, but she refused. (RELATED: Imprisoned British Activist Fears Muslims Will Kill Him For His Immigration Stance)
“I’m not going to convert,” Bibi replied to them. “I believe in my religion and in Jesus Christ, who died on the cross for the sins of mankind. What did your Prophet Mohammed ever do to save mankind? And why should it be me that converts instead of you?”
She was brutally beaten and then taken to prison. Over a year and a half later, she was formally charged with blasphemy and awaited a death sentence until being acquitted in October. She nevertheless remains at an undisclosed location, living in terror as protests against her have erupted across the country. Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, in an effort to placate the rioters, has placed a travel ban on Bibi.
Bibi’s husband has entreated Western leaders for his family’s asylum, including President Donald Trump. Republican Sen. Rand Paul on Monday penned an op-ed for Breitbart arguing that all foreign aid to Pakistan should be cut off until Asia Bibi is freed. (RELATED: Andrew Brunson’s US Pastor Describes What It Was Like Inside Turkish Courtroom)
Wilson Chowdhry, of the British Pakistani Christian Association, recently told The Daily Telegraph that the British government will not offer Bibi asylum because it is “concerned about potential unrest in the country, attacks on embassies and civilians.”
The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) tweeted against such claims, writing, “There are unfounded media reports that Pakistani national Asia Bibi is being denied asylum into the UK because of concerns from British Muslims. We find such insinuations to be as nonsensical as they are divisive. We see no reason why Asia Bibi should be denied asylum into the UK.”
There are unfounded media reports that Pakistani national Asia Bibi is being denied asylum into the UK because of concerns from British Muslims. We find such insinuations to be as nonsensical as they are divisive. We see no reason why Asia Bibi should be denied asylum into the UK
— MCB (@MuslimCouncil) November 12, 2018