A number of stories are emerging casting more doubt on the flimsy blasphemy charge placed on the innocent mother of five - Asia Bibi. Her case has instigated an international campaign against the blasphemy law of Pakistan, Whilst Asia has become the emblem of the emancipation of global minorities, now named the Rosa Parks of the Islamic World. First reports of the change of heart of Qari Islam her accuser where published on Demotix:
Qari Salam,who accused Christian woman Aasia Bibi on blasphemy chages,which resulted in this poor woman's jail sentence and possible hanging, ostensibly regrets filing a blasphemy charge against an impoverished Christian woman.
The source of his guilt – realisation that the case was not based on facts but on hyped religious emotions and personal bias of some village women,including his wife..
Aasia has been languishing in Sheikhupura jail since a sessions court awarded her death sentence for insulting Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).
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Qari, according to some of his close friends, was now thinking of not pursuing the case anymore and expressed his desire to some of his friends, only to find himself in a difficult situation when activists of an Islamic religious organisation ‘convinced’ him not to change his mind.
“We will chase her through hell … don’t worry about the money, hiring best lawyers,” Salam told The Express Tribune, quoting the son of Khatm-e-Nabuwat’s London chapter’s leader.
The leader’s son flew in to Nankana from London after hearing that Salam might not go to Lahore High Court (LHC) when the review petition against Aasia’s conviction is taken up.
It is imperative that Pakistani authorities investigate the veracity of these statements. If they find them to be true then it should be an imperative that the Presidential power of veto is used to bring justice to this situation. If not I foresee the enactment of a kangaroo court case that will allow militant groups and extremists to subvert justice or simply stir up even more religious polarisation.
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