PAKISTAN. Asia Bibi got international attention when her death sentence for blasphemy was about to get dismissed, but what happened afterwards?
The very first thing was the the demonstrations for her death immediately turned to riots which lasted for three days. By now the situation is calm, perhaps because Pir Afzal Qadri and Khadim Hussain Rizvi, clerics who were responsible for inciting the mobs, were arrested in November for sedition and terrorism.
Asia was moved to a secret location, some say it’s a military facality, with her husband Ashiq where she has been kept in protective custody and guarded by armed guards. But as the weeks and months passed by I began to wonder if this was just another type of prison. In February somebody close to her leaked this quote:
No one is telling me when they will release me and send us abroad.
It’s said that Asia are being stopped from completing her asylum paperwork and that she’s pressured to not critizice Pakistan in the media after she leaves. Oh, dear Pakistanis, you are way to late if you want to avoid criticism. At least a decade to late. And I wonder how they are carrying out that pressure. It has been told that she is limited to one room with a window she isn’t allowed to opened and that Asia haven’t been given the health care she needed.
Her daughters live in Canada since some years and Asias plan is to move there with her husband. The country has already offered her santcuary, compared with the UK who barred her as they feared unrest (probably from white supremacists). The Pakistani PM Imran Khan declared in the middle of April that Asia would leave the country in a couple of weeks. BBC reported:
There is a little bit of a complication. And I can’t speak on the media about [it]. But I can assure you she is safe and she will be leaving in weeks.