#ShortNews: There are 200 Asia Bibis in jail in Pakistan today

Shawn Taseer delivered moving remarks about his father, the former governor of Punjab, who was killed for standing up to the blasphemy law there. He pointed out that while his father specifically was killed defending Asia Bibi, who is now finally free. He described them as prisoners of conscience who are include the elderly, sick, and illiterate. “Abandon them at your peril.”

Bibi was charged with blasphemy in a Pakistani court and sentenced to death. In late 2018 she was acquitted, but she was not allowed to leave the country until May 2019.

“As we celebrate these victories, we must be mindful of the challenges ahead,” he said. “While Asia Bibi — the world’s most famous prisoner victim of blasphemy is a free woman — I want you all to know that there are 200 Asia Bibis in jail accused of blasphemy law in Pakistan today and these are only the reported cases.”

According to Aid to the Church in Need, between the years 1990 and 2017 more than 20 Christians have been killed in Pakistan after being accused of blasphemy.

Souce: https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/ten-things-that-caught-my-eye-about-the-ministerial-on-advancing-religious-freedom/ and https://www.persecution.org/2019/07/20/son-slain-governor-claims-200-asia-bibis-pakistan/

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