Petition To Save Pakistani Christian From Execution Gains 600K+ Signatures

A petition is being circulated to save Asia Bibi, a wife and mother of five, from execution due to allegations of “blasphemy” in Pakistan.

The BBC reports that Asia Bibi has spent the last seven years held in solitary confinement in one of Pakistan’s jails.

All of this is allegedly due to her drinking out of the same cup as a Muslim person, prompting outrage and accusations of insulting the Prophet Muhammad. Bibi, a Christian, will now hang for being so daring.
The petition claims that Bibi would be the first woman executed under Pakistan’s Shariah blasphemy law – setting a terrible precedent. This type of Christian persecution isn’t exactly uncommon in Pakistan either. One report stated that a Christian man was tortured and burned for befriending a Muslim woman in Pakistan.

Another report stated that Pakistan has been telling Christians that they need to convert to Islam or face murder convictions.
Things about the case don’t sound quite right, even to the BBC.

Despite reports of inconsistent witness testimony and fragmentary evidence, she was found guilty in November 2010. Large crowds gathered to celebrate her sentencing, and there soon followed a trail of death and destruction.
As if things couldn’t get any worse, one of the only officials on her side was murdered, according to BBC:

A month after sentencing, Asia Bibi was visited by the Governor of Punjab, Salman Taseer. He emerged from jail and stated that the blasphemy laws had been misused and wrongly applied in her case. Within days, he was murdered by his bodyguard, Mumtaz Qadri.
He was just the first of many connected to this case who would be hurt for trying to help spare Asia Bibi’s life.

Two months later, in March 2011, the Federal Minister for Minorities Affairs, Shahbaz Bhatti – the only Christian in the Pakistan cabinet – criticised the country’s blasphemy laws as being open to abuse and manipulation.

After leaving his mother’s house, his car was sprayed with bullets.

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