Asia Bibi, a Pakistani woman who has been imprisoned for four years under blasphemy laws, has been moved to a prison that is much farther from her family, VOM contacts reported.
The transfer came a few days after Asia’s husband, Ashiq Masih, visited her in Sheikhupura jail, where she had been receiving treatment from the prison doctor. Asia has been sick, suffering from intense pain in her legs, shoulders and arms.
The transfer to Multan jail means that in order for her family to visit her, they will have to travel around five hours instead of only one hour. The extra travel raises security concerns for the family, as well as making it more difficult for them to monitor her health situation. Ashiq reports that their two young daughters are discouraged by the news of their mother’s transfer.
Asia has been jailed since 19 June 2009, when her neighbours in a village near Nankana Sahib accused her of making derogatory remarks about the Muslim prophet, Mohammad.
Asia faces a wait of at least another two years behind bars before her appeal is likely to come up before the Lahore High Court (LHC).
Sources: Voice of the Martyrs USA, Assist News Service
- Please pray the Lord will intervene, to ensure Asia receives the medical attention she requires and the opportunity to see her family regularly.
- Pray for all those involved in preparations for the appeal. Pray for her release.
- Pray for Asia and her family during this trial of suffering, pray that God will fill their hearts with peace beyond comprehension as they bring their needs to the Lord and rejoice in Him (Philippians 4:4-7).