Asia Bibi - a woman of strong character who by the Grace of God will not enter our book of martyrs!
This morning at 09:00 I received a most satisfying and pleasurable report back form the dedicated European Spokesperson for the newly formed Ministry of Human Rights. Rubab Mehdi Rizvi confirmed that Asia has received a stay of execution after President Zirdari was moved by the emotional mercy pleas from the BPCA and the Christian Muslim Forum (who responded to our request for support). The speed of this decision and the immensely positive outcome is remarkable for a case such as this. The result speaks volumes of the professionalism of Ms Rizvi who ensured that every figurehead with power of influence receives the collaborative letter espousing the freedom of Asia Bibi.
This truly is a historic moment and one that will shock many Pakistani Christians around the globe. This is a feather in the cap of the Ministry of Human Rights and a moment to savour for the British Pakistani Christian Association. Click the link below:
Plea Letter from newly formed Ministry of Human Rights
*****this letter was addressed to the President the Prime Minister and all the other figureheads featured in our previous blog story about Asia****
Asia Bibi is now free from the threat of hanging and we have been told it is highly likely she will be set free. It will then be up to aid agencies to get involved in her safe relocation and to provide support for the family, whilst they find there feet. We shall also be sending across our donation to the family this weekend. A tragedy has been averted and much praise should fall upon those that endorsed our petition and sent us letters of support. We also thank the BBC, Premier Christian Radio, Sunrise Radio and the Evangelical Alliance (South Asian Forum) for the media support provided.
We are going to receive an official letter from the Ministry of Justice shortly that will confirm the decision and our work towards ensuring a mother of 5 was returned to her family safely. See email received today:
Dear Mr Wilson Chowdhry,
In response to your letter dated 12th November 2010 The Ministry of Human Rights acted upon your concerns and made representation to His Excellency Asif Zardari , the President of Pakistan.You will be pleased to learn that the President has stayed the execution of Asia Bibi.
We look forward to working with organisations such as yourself for the betterment of humanity.
Rubab Mehdi Rizvi
Chief Coordinator and Spokesperson – Ministry of Human Rights
This new government has often spoken about how it wishes to address inequality in Pakistan. Today by making this decision the President of Pakistan has illustrated his words are not just rhetoric, but are laced with real intent. I have also received positive messages that we could well expect an announcement of her freedom being returned shortly. Please send as many letters of thanks to the President for the grace he has shown.
Again I reiterate my thanks to the Ministry for Human Rights and the Christian Muslim Forum who supported our campaign - this success highlights the need for better dialogue with our religious counterparts.