Applying international pressure on behalf of Asia Bibi

Thursday, November 15, 2018
 | 
Bill Bumpas (OneNewsNow.com)

Asia Bibi releasedAsia Bibi, the Christian mother in Pakistan who recently had her blasphemy conviction overturned after spending eight years on death row, has yet to be released from the country.

The international community has applied pressure on the Pakistani government to grant Bibi (pictured) and her family a safe exit from the country. More than 230 parliamentarians from countries across the political spectrum have signed an open letter to Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan urging action while voicing support for Bibi and concern for her safety.

Andreas Thonhauser is director external relations for the global human rights organization, ADF International, which contends that Bibi's life is in danger every moment she remains in Pakistan.

"We know that this kind of open letter is creating more and more pressure on Pakistan – and especially on the government – not to give in to terrorist threats or fundamentalistic threats and people who are threatening violence in the streets but to really do what is right to let Asia Bibi and her family go," he tells OneNewsNow.

Although it has been reported that some countries are willing to grant Bibi asylum, Thonhauser explains that countries may actually be reluctant to do so because of the extremists. For example, OneNewsNow reported over the weekend that officials in Britain "buckled" under the pressure of militant Muslims and refused to grant asylum.

Thonhauser suggests that an extremely important issue is at stake in the case of Asis Bibi and her family. "...Do we let ourselves be blackmailed by fundamentalists, by people threating with terror and then sort of try to be compliant with them instead of with what is right and what is the law?" he asks.

The ADF International spokesman asks for prayer for Bibi and her family as it has "been a roller coaster ride of many years."

Comments

We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article - NOT another reader's comments. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved. More details

FEATURED PODCAST

SIGN UP FOR OUR DAILY NEWSBRIEF

SUBSCRIBE

VOTE IN OUR POLL

When the Democratic Party woos black voters during election time, they most often hear…

CAST YOUR VOTE

GET PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

SUBSCRIBE

LATEST AP HEADLINES

FBI lawyer investigated over altered Russia probe document
AG Barr: Epstein’s death was a ‘perfect storm of screw-ups’
California court invalidates law requiring Trump tax returns
Leading white Democrats court black votes; some find trouble
  Lawsuit challenges Medicaid work requirements in Michigan
Court: Dutch govt doesn’t have to repatriate children of terrorists

LATEST FROM THE WEB

Another alleged racist hoax strikes again
Public schools K–12: Reality fades to zero
What to do when the Chikin is chicken?
The tragedy of the ‘trans’ child
Warren's scheme to replace your private health insurance with her 'Medicare For All' plan

CARTOON OF THE DAY

Cartoon of the Day
NEXT STORY
Persecution goes from bad to worse

cross broken shatteredWith Bibles being burned, crosses being destroyed, churches being forced to closed, and pastors getting sent to prison, one of the leading voices for persecuted believers in China says the situation for Christians there is dire.