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Asia Bibi’s Husband Pleads For Asylum

Asia Bibi's husband, Ashiq Masih
Asia Bibi's husband, Ashiq Masih, and the media

Asia Bibi’s husband, Ashiq Masih, has pleaded with leaders of Canada, USA and the UK to grant asylum to his family.

In a statement to German broadcaster DW, Masih said that “he and his family were frightened” by the deal struck by the Pakistani government and the extremist protestors.

“The agreement has sent a shiver down my spine,” Masih said.

“My family is frightened, my relatives are frightened and my friends are also frightened.”

“This agreement should never have been struck. The three judges delivered the verdict after taking into account all aspects of the case, analyzing all factors, studying the contradictions and basing everything on facts. Therefore, the government should not have come to such an agreement. I think the Supreme Court should take notice of this,” he said.

Asia Noreen, known publicly as Asia Bibi, was accused of blasphemy against the Muslim prophet Muhammad and arrested in 2010. She spent the following years in prison, facing a potential death sentence, until Wednesday when the highest court in Pakistan decided the accusations were based on flimsy evidence and that the witness statements did not concur.

Despite being acquitted, she is now in incredible danger because of the backlash the court decision has caused in Pakistan.

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