Christians in Bangladesh have expressed solidarity with Asia Bibi and have urged the Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to grant a pardon.
Nirmol Rozario, the general secretary of the Bangladesh Christian Association (BCA), sent an official letter to the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, expressing “deep concern” over the fate of the Christian mother of five, sentenced to death for blasphemy. “We like to draw attention of the Government of Pakistan, including lawmakers, politicians, civil society and the people of Pakistan to this connection,” namely “the link between the case of Asia Bibi and what happened to these two political leaders,” Mr Rozario said in the letter.
“Our fear,” he added, “is that the blasphemy laws are often used against Christians and minorities.”
Asia Bibi’s death sentence was upheld by the Lahore High Court on October 16, after she had spent several years in prison in solitary detention “for security reasons.”
Christians in Bangladesh are calling upon the government of Pakistan to “address the issue from the point of view of human rights and the defence of humanity, granting this woman a pardon to save her life.”