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Hundreds of arrests in the case of Asia Bibi

Hundreds of arrests in the case of Asia Bibi

The case of Asia Bibi continues to raise concerns in Pakistan. After mass protests from Islamists against the acquittal of the Christian woman, hundreds of people were arrested. Bibi & # 39; s husband fears for the life of the family.

Since Christin Asia Bibi was acquitted in Pakistan on charges of blasphemy, there have been protests against the ruling of the Supreme Court across the country. The police in the province of Punjab have arrested hundreds of demonstrators. "We arrested people suspected of insulting policemen or damaging private and public property," said police spokesman Basharat Ali.

According to reports in the local media, more than 1,100 people have so far been arrested in the province. According to the radical Islamic group Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP) among the arrested are more than 500 of their followers. "Our people are trapped instead of villains," criticized TLP spokesman Zubair Kasuri. The action would be detrimental to peace.

Accepted, but still not free

The TLP had organized the national street protests after Bibi was acquitted on death row on Wednesday after eight years. However, the demonstrations disappeared after a TLP contract with the government. According to Islamabad wants to submit a request for review against the decision of the Supreme Court and prevent Bibi from leaving the country.

The Pakistani information minister Fawad Chaudry told the BBC that the agreement with the Islamists was necessary "to resolve the situation non-violently." Security measures to protect Bibi were increased. Your life is not in danger.

"My family is scared"

The husband of Bibi is now afraid of the life of his family and friends. The Government's agreement with the Islamists had made him shudder, he told Deutsche Welle. It should never have come to that. "My family is scared, my family members are scared and my friends are scared," Masih said to the station. The 51-year-old Bibi is therefore still in prison. Masih Bibi asked the UK, Canada and the US for asylum.

Her lawyer Saif-ul-Malook has since left Pakistan and fled to the Netherlands. A foundation for persecuted Christians said she had accepted him. According to various data, the HVC foundation supports the defense library for several years.


The Pakistani media have speculated over the past few days that the freedman may have left the country. Bibi was accused of making contemptuous remarks about the Prophet Muhammad in a dispute with Muslim women in their village. The five-fold mother was arrested in 2009 and sentenced to death the following year after the blasphemy law in the predominantly Muslim country.

Deutschlandfunk Kultur reported on this subject on 02 November 2018 at 7:10 am.

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