PAKISTAN: Prayer needed for Final Appeal

Asia Bibi, a Christian woman sentenced to death for allegedly committing blasphemy, will have her final appeal heard today.

The hearing before the Supreme Court of Islamabad is the third and final stage of a trial that began in 2009, with the woman’s death sentence upheld in 2014 following an initial appeal.

Islamic radical groups have organised protest demonstrations in Islamabad’s streets and outside the Supreme Court building.

According to Joseph Nadeem, who is assisting Asia Bibi’s family and is in charge of Lahore’s Renaissance Education Foundation, where Asia Bibi’s daughters are studying, “Asia is well, her morale is high. She is full of hope. She prays constantly and is very strong-spirited despite the long ordeal she has been through.”

The blasphemy accusation against Bibi is based on flimsy evidence from a dispute that took place in June 2009 between Bibi and a group of Muslim women with whom she had been harvesting berries in Sheikhupura. The Muslim women became angry with Bibi when she, a Christian whom they considered unclean, drank water from the same water bowl as the Muslim women. An argument between Bibi and the Muslim women ensued and later the Muslim women reported to a local cleric that Bibi had blasphemed against Islam.

Sources: International Christian Concern, La Stampa

  • Thank the Lord for Asia’s strong faith in Him and His purposes; pray she will continue to trust completely in him. Pray for a fair hearing and favourable outcome.
  • Pray this case may continue to be used by the Lord to highlight the injustice of the blasphemy laws in Pakistan. Pray Asia’s testimony may be a witness to the Lord.
  • The lives of Asia, her family members and her legal representatives are threatened; pray no harm will come to them.



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2 Responses to PAKISTAN: Prayer needed for Final Appeal

  1. Jolene 16 October 2016 at 11:15 am #

    Haven’t stopped praying for Asia Bibi and her family and for her legal representative and the appeals court for several years now. Think of her as a close sister in Christ even though we are worlds away.

  2. Alexander McRae 17 October 2016 at 10:52 am #

    So tragic. Asia should be released, exonerated, paid compensation, in fact probably even some of the protesters against her have used hate speech and should be charged, maybe even some of those protesting groups should be disbanded and banned. Calling for the death penalty for someone who has peacefully shared their Christian faith is not so far from terrorism, is it not? We live in a very flawed world where dark forces run rampant masked as light. It is not fair, it is not just, it has nothing to do with international standards of human rights. I hope and pray Asia Bibi is freed! But the Lord will be glorified and maybe many Muslims will become Christians because of her gentle courage. History has shown that this is how things work.

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