Russian Patriarch Kirill of Moscow has sent a letter to the President of Pakistan Mamnoon Hussain, pleading him to pardon the blasphemy convict Asia Bibi. Asia Bibi is a Pakistani Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy. The letter was published on the Patriarchate website.
The primate of the Russian Orthodox Church writes, “It would be an irreparable loss for her family, her near and dear, cause a great damage to the Muslim-Christian dialogue and could also aggravate tension between Christians and Muslims both in Pakistan and in the entire world”.
In the letter, Kirill says he is persuaded that the political authorities of any modern state “should be aware of their responsibility for the destiny of representatives of religious minorities entrusted to them. The Russian Orthodox Church has shown serious concern over the judgment delivered by the court. Our multimillion flock joins its voice to that of the great number of people throughout the world who advocate for saving the life of this Christian woman.”