Asia Bibi is a Christian mother of five who currently lives in a Pakistan jail on death row. She was imprisoned under Pakistan’s blasphemy laws. Apparently, she got into a fight with local Sunnis after she drank water from the same cup as them. A governor who sought a mercy plea for her was subsequently accused of blasphemy himself and murdered in cold blood. His murderer, Mumtaz Qadri, is revered in Pakistan’s extremist Barelvi Sunni circles as a saint and a hero.
We must all speak up for Asia’s release, and for the end to Pakistan’s obsession with blasphemy.
Physician, Writer and Human Rights Activist; Recipient, Presidential Service Award; Pakistani American; Humanity comes First; Interests: Cardiac Electrophysiology, Human Rights and ‘Halwa Puri’