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PAKISTAN: Court Clears Way for Father to Visit Asia Bibi

PAKISTAN: Court Clears Way for Father to Visit Asia Bibi

A Pakistani court has directed the Punjab provincial government and police to give the father of death row convict Asia Bibi prison visitation rights, a family lawyer says.

The directive comes two days after Soran Masih filed a petition in the Lahore High Court demanding access to his daughter.

Masih said authorities had repeatedly blocked him from the prison following Bibi’s conviction for blasphemy in 2012.

“Judge Muhammad Anwar ul Haq issued directives to the jail superintendent of Multan and the Home Department to let Soran Masih and his family members see Asia Bibi,” Sardar Mushtaq Gill, Masih’s lawyer, told UCA News on 25 August.

“We are thankful to the high court for a swift action on our petition,” Gill said. He said Masih and other close family members could now visit Bibi when they want.

She is being held in the central Pakistani city of Multan, some 290 kilometres from Lahore, the provincial capital of Punjab province.

Bibi, a Christian mother of five, was sentenced to death in 2010 for insulting the Prophet Mohammed, a charge she denies. Bibi says she was targeted after drinking water from a vessel used by Muslim farmworkers. The workers said it was forbidden for a Christian to drink water from the same container and later reported her for blasphemy, saying she had insulted the Prophet Mohammed.

Her appeal against the death sentence is currently pending in the Supreme Court.

Source: Assist News Service

Prayer Points

• Thank the Lord for this small mercy shown to Asia and her family. Pray there will be many opportunities to visit and that this will bring great encouragement to all involved.
• Pray that the Supreme Court will deliver a fair-minded decision and justice and favour for Asia will prevail.
• Pray this lengthy ordeal for Asia and her family will be used by the Lord to highlight the intrinsic difficulties resulting from the current blasphemy laws and that significant change will come.

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