Surprising New Allies for Asia Bibi?


Asia Bibi spent about nine years on a Pakistani prison death row convicted under Islamic Supremacist Blasphemy laws. Only because some Muslim accusers couldn’t get their story straight, the Pakistan Supreme Court set aside her conviction. Her accused crime: Refreshing her thirst at a Muslim well (which irritated Muslims anyway) in which an argument with Muslim co-workers over who was better person – Jesus or Muhammad (Undoubtedly giving the Islamic Supremacists the excuse to cause harm to the Christian Asia Bibi – aka Aasiya Noreen).

 

Asia Bibi is out of prison yet STILL stashed away by the Pakistan government hoping a nation will step up against Islamic Supremacism and grant her and her family asylum. A CFI article has a story that some prestigious Pakistan Muslim scholars are condemning the violence aimed at Asia Bibi. I’m still not reading an asylum promise.

 

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Surprising New Allies for Asia Bibi?

 

January 11, 2019

Christian Freedom International

 

Photo from AsiaNews.it

 

Pakistan Muslim Clerics Denounce Violence

 

Over 500 Muslim scholars gathered in Pakistan to condemn terrorism and extremism. They signed a declaration rejecting violence and murder committed “under the pretext of religious belief” and criticized the use of fatwas (edicts) by radical clerics.

 

They also called Asia Bibi’s case an absolute “priority”. The Christian mother was acquitted of blasphemy after 9 years in jail but lives in hiding from violent mobs organized by extremist Islamist leaders. Pakistan’s Supreme Court called the case a “feast of falsehoods” and her accusers were guilty of insulting her Christian beliefs.

 

Christians in Pakistan and other Muslim-majority countries live in constant fear of rising radicalism. “Refugees tell us that the spread of Islamist ideology turns life-long neighbors into terrorists,” said Wendy Wright with Christian Freedom International.

 

The Pakistan Ulema Council signed the declaration in Islamabad on January 6, 2018. Muslim scholars formed the group to be a voice for peace, stability and religious harmony in the county. They declared 2019 a “Year to annihilate terrorism, extremism and sectarian violence from Pakistan” and stated, “non-Muslim citizens must enjoy the same rights as everyone else.”

 

“We tried to issue a similar declaration in 2002,” the chairman of Pakistan Ulema Council told ucanews.com, “but the government ignored such efforts. People were afraid to speak about harmony between sects and other faiths.”

 

The declaration states all citizens, regardless of religion “have the constitutional right to live in the country following their cultural and religious principles”. The government must “ensure the protection of the life and property of non-Muslims living in Pakistan.”  Murder in the name of religion “is contrary to the teachings of Islam”.

 

The clerics affirmed the right for religious groups to meet and organize and asks authorities to ban “any material (books, pamphlets, audio) that incites religious hatred” and to punish anyone that threatens “the sacred places of non-Muslims”.

 

The resolution also criticizes fatwas against public servants.

 

The Pakistan Ulema Council plans to keep a check on non-Islamic decrees beginning in late March. Over 5,000 religious scholars and clerics will meet in Islamabad in March for “The 4th International Message of Islam Conference”.

 

Radical Islamists killed two government officials who defended Asia Bibi, and threatened to murder Pakistan justices who acquitted Asia Bibi.

 

“Too many leaders – religious and government – fear criticizing radical Islamists. This declaration is a step toward countering Islamists’ murderous hatred and promoting respect and rights for Christians,” said Wendy Wright.

 

This article was compiled from reports from Asia News, Zenit and UCANews

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