A prayer and candle light vigil was held for down trodden Asia Bibi ahead of her case hearing in the apex court. This event was organized by the Society For Human Awareness, Development & Empowerment (SHADE) on October 12. Christians from every walk of life participated in the vigil to honor the steadfastness of the Christian respondent who has been on death row since 2010.
Participants included prominent Christian lawyer and activist Advocate Sooba Bhatti, Director SHADE-Pakistan Rukhsana Sooba, Chairperson SHADE-Pakistan Shamoon Gill, Coordinator MAP-Hyderabad Asif Nadeem , Human Rights Activist Nafees Naz Bhatti, Coordinator SHADE Youth Desk Pastor Arif Blouch along with many others.
Collective prayers were offered for the blasphemy convict while the participants prayed for God’s grace during her hearing. They prayed that may the SC acquits Asia Bibi and she finds freedom after years of ordeal. After offering prayers, they sang songs for Asia Bibi as the urged for her release. “Participants were hopeful that, God will show His miracles as they prayed for the judges, courts, advocates and all supporters of Asia Bibi,” stated Advocate Sooba Bhatti.
Advocate Sooba Bhatti called upon the Chief Justice of Pakistan and Prime Minster of Pakistan to take note of Asia Bibi’s quandary. He demanded that the blasphemy laws should be abolished or at least the death penalty must be cancelled. He narrated the story of Asia Bibi.
He maintained that she has been entangled in a fabricated case of blasphemy as he was certain that the allegation brought against her had no firm grounds. “She was kept behind the bars in Sheikhupura, later was shifted to Multan Jail,’ he told the audience.
“I urge Prime Minister, President of Pakistan and Chief Justice of Pakistan to exercise their right to pardon the prisoners on death sentence and bestow pardon upon down trodden Asia Bibi, and order for her immediate release and acquittal. We are hopeful that you will spare some of your valuable time and consider my appeal and take action in order to free an innocent woman on 13 Oct,” he stated.