Plea for Asia Bibi

Providing the Pakistani state permit her survival, or contingent on prevailing health, 2019 will mark the 10th year of Asia Bibi’s arrest and subsequent imprisonment over what was, quite literally, a dispute between her and Muslim women at a local well. If you don’t know at this stage (particularly as I’ve attempted to highlight her ordeal numerously on this platform), Khala Bibi’s case remains as one of the most prolific – in Persecuted Christian terms at least. The fact that a local Christian woman, a local labourer in Punjab, Pakistan has been left to languish in a jail cell for a decade – over essentially what was local Muslim objection to an ‘infidel’s’ use of a village well, spells out not only the dire state of Pakistani Islamisation that shows no signs of reversing; but also the unashamed indifference towards Bibi. Not necessarily only amongst many Pakistani politicians and its judicial system but within countries officially professing Christianity as their state religion. And of course, the Global Christian Church.
Whilst it is encouraging that Bibi’s plight has not slipped from global attention, however sporadic, (the European Parliament awarded Bibi its 2017 Sakharov Prize, for Freedom of Thought), identity politics and the politics of ‘altruism’ does not directly influence the daily treatment of a mother and wife; deprived of her children and in constant deterioration health-wise. I have been following Bibi’s suffering from the moment her ordeal surfaced in 2009. I was 14/15 at the time. I simply can not pen how such draconian circumstances have allowed almost a decade to pass by, with an innocent villager still sat behind bars. It is incomprehensible to the civilised mind.
However, that has been Asia Bibi’s cross to bear and continues to remain so. I don’t write this post to reiterate all past mentions of her. (All past posts can be found by punching her name into the blog’s search engine). Rather, I recieved alarming news from a reliable source, that Bibi’s health is rapidly on the decline. Duties of care concerning detainees is not applicable in countries in Pakistan, particularly a vulnerable Christian woman who has been accused of blasphemy – the most contentious and salient political issue that has seen the murders of former Minorities Minister, Bhatti and former Punjab Minister, Taseer,murdered for daring to challenge the blatant anti-nonMuslim mentality and motives within Pakistan’s penal code. After 9 years of sitting on what has been death row in a country that continues to chip away at its founding promise to enshrine religious and ethnic minority rights, one can imagine the state of Bibi’s health.
Without major campaigning for her release, effective lobbying to our local/national leaders, who barely speak out against Christian persecution, much less instill financial impositions on the billions of aid pumped out to Muslim-oriented countries such as Pakistan; Bibi is fundamentally at the mercy of the Pakistani state. Her family continue to live in terror, tainted by blasphemy and in constant flight for their lives.
 
Today I have been informed that Asia continues to cough up blood whilst being denied access to medical treatment.
 

 
 


4 thoughts on “Plea for Asia Bibi

  1. Peter Miles Reply

    Thanks Anniesa for the update on Asia. Will continue to uphold her in prayer and for her release. New web page looks good. Peter

    1. Anniesa Hussain Reply

      Good to hear from you Peter! Trusting you’re well. Please do. Thank-you. Blessings.

  2. Jenny Summersby Reply

    Our church (Holy Trinity Spital Wirral) has been aware of the plight of Asia for many years now and has been concerned to pray for her and her family over that time. I am hoping to be able to energise the praying Christians again particularly on this 10th anniversary of Asia’s trial and imprisonment. If you Anniesa have any thoughts on how to do this, I would be very grateful. I would like a video, poster anything really to help people to pray fervently for this dear sister.
    PS Being pretty old, I’m not a ‘computer whizz’ and I’m not on facebook but hope I can be of use anyway!

    1. Anniesa Hussain Reply

      Bless you Jenny – thankyou for taking the time to read this post and for your concern for Bibi. I’ve found a little clip detailing the context of her imprisonment, so do watch it. In the description under the video, you’ll see further links and I’ll leave it up to your discretion as to how much you wish to share to your church. Blessings.
      https://youtu.be/sWvjYA_ZVVo

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