“Save my mother from death row”- A fervid plea from daughter of Asia Bibi

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Daughter of Pakistani Christian woman on death row over blasphemy conviction makes an earnest plea in New York calling upon the international community and world’s influential leaders saying “Save my mother from death row.” Eisham Ashiq was addressing the #WeareN Congress 2016 where she detailed the plight of her mother and family followed by the blasphemy accusation in 2009.

Persecution of Christians in Pakistan

Eisham Ashiq attended the #WeareN Congress along with her father Ashiq Masih at the United Nations in New York. On April 30, Eisham and Ashiq spoke to the audience at the United Nations and narrated the events surrounding Asia Bibi’ accusation, arrest, court proceedings, death threats to the attendees. During their visit to the US they met with Chairman of Pakistani Christian Association USA- William Shahzad, Advocate James Cyprian and few others over a dinner. They flew back to Pakistan on May 1.

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The #WeAreN2016 Congress was held from April 28-30 at the United Nations in New York. The congress primarily focused on “Defending religious freedom and other human rights: Stopping mass atrocities against Christians and other believers.”

Experts on religious persecution gathered from all across the globe to take part in this event. The attendees discussed and evaluated the rising trends in religion-based persecution of Christians and other religious communities all over the world. Countries including Nigeria, Pakistan, Iraq, Syria, were under special emphasis.
During this conference, the victims of the atrocities being carried out on religious grounds explained their ordeals. People from Middle East and other countries attended this event to share the stories of their ordeal.

50-year-old, Asia Bibi has been on death row since she was convicted of committing blasphemy. She was accused of committing blasphemy in June 2009 by her fellow-workers. In 2010, Session’s Court in District Nankana, ruled capital punishment for Asia Bibi. Her defense lawyers filed an appeal against the decision while she remained in police custody since then. However, on July 22, the Supreme Court of Pakistan temporarily halted her execution, citing a lack of evidence against her.

Asia Bibi who is probably the most famous prisoner of the country, is the only woman in Pakistan who is on death row. As she linger’s along, waiting for a hearing date at the Supreme Court of Pakistan for an appeal against her death sentence, life has become no less than tribulation for her.