A friend of Bibi who wasn’t identified has stated that the Christian mother of five ─ who was on death row for eight years ─ is living in fear of being killed and is guarded by security forces who’ve barred her from even opening a window.
Bibi was accused by Muslim farm labourers of having insulted the Islamic prophet Mohammed, which is an offence punishable by death in Pakistan. She was convicted despite denying the charges, and in October the Supreme Court overturned the guilty verdict. The mother has been living in hiding ever since, with Islamic mobs demanding she be put back on death row and executed for her alleged crime.
Her children have been taken to Canada for their safety, though Bibi herself remains in hiding, awaiting a foreign nation to offer her asylum and secure her safety. Bibi isn’t allowed to give interviews for her own protection and is with her husband, Ashiq Masih, who was shot and wounded by a protester demanding his wife’s death.
Bibi’s friend said that while her hiding place is comfortable, she still sees it as a jail, with her only hope being to be reunited with her family one day.
The mother is also receiving medication for various illnesses she suffered while in jail. “She is receiving medication for her heart, but she is still in pain,” the friend said.
While various western countries, including Canada, Italy, Australia, and others have been mentioned as possible destinations that could grant Bibi asylum, her fate remains uncertain.
Sources: Associated Press, The Christian Post
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