Australian MP Andrew Hastie speaks up for the marooned Pakistani Christian woman Asia Bibi and the plight of persecuted Pakistani Christians. During his address, he highlighted the case of blasphemy accused Asia Bibi calling for an apt action regarding her case.
During his address he said: “I rise today to highlight the case of Asia Bibi and the plight of persecuted Christian minorities in Pakistan. Mrs. Bibi, a Christian in the Punjab province of Pakistan has been detained on death row for last six years, often in solitary confinement because of the ongoing threats to her physical safety in prison.”
“He apparent crime, she drank from the cup that was intended for Muslim recipients. Last week I was honored to meet Mr. Wilson Chaudhry- Chairman of the British Pakistani Christians Association. The Association seeks to promote religious freedom in Pakistan and advocate for those like Mrs. Bibi whose human rights have been denied because of religious faiths.”
“Universal Declaration of Human Rights, to which Pakistan is a signatory; makes very clear those basic rights. Article 2, specifically states everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedom set forth in this declaration without distinction of any kind, such as race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.”
“Freedom of religion is foundational- without it I deny the potential for human flourishing. Australia is a good friend of Pakistan. We care very deeply about the religious liberty in this country. We are also universally opposed to the death penalty particularly in this case. So we hope and pray for the speedy release of Asia Bibi and those like her.”
Asia Bibi, was accused of committing blasphemy in 2009 by her fellow-workers. In 2010, a court in district Nankana awarded her capital punishment, which was later upheld by the a two-member bench of Lahore High Court in 2014.