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PAKISTAN: Government gives in to Protesters, Asia Free in Name Only

On Wednesday 31 October 2018, more than four years after agreeing to hear her appeal, Pakistan’s Supreme Court overturned Asia’s conviction, ordering her immediate release from prison.

Voice of the Martyrs staff and supporters were overjoyed, thanking God for the release of our sister Asia.

We were sorry to hear, within 48 hours of that acquittal, that despite the Supreme Court ruling, Asia Bibi remains in prison.

The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Asia Bibi’s conviction has sparked violent protests led by the popular and influential Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP) party. What awaits Asia Bibi in Pakistan is almost certain death at the hands of angry mobs who wish to see her hang.

In an effort to quell these violent protests, the Pakistani government reached an agreement whereby it will impose a travel ban upon Asia Bibi, effectively preventing her from leaving Pakistan and finding a safe haven. In exchange, the TLP will call for an end to the violent protests.

As part of the agreement, the Pakistani government has agreed that it will not object to an appeal against Asia Bibi’s release.

According to her lawyer, Saif-ul-Malook, Asia Bibi is likely to remain in prison or solitary confinement in Pakistan, free in name only.

Sources: BBC News

  • Please keep praying for Asia, her family, her lawyer and for the Christians of Pakistan.
  • Pray for a powerful move of the Holy Spirit across this country.
  • Pray that the Lord will uphold and keep Asia safe at this crucial time.
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