Christian woman fears for life of her husband who had been awarded lifelong imprisonment over blasphemy charges. 65 year old, Nawab Bibi expressed her fear saying: “There have been numerous attempts to kill my husband — he is bullied every day and he is not safe from inmates and prison staff alike. Every day I worry that I will receive word that he is dead, this worry is making me age very quickly.”
Nawab Bibi told British Pakistani Christian Association (BPCA) that her husband Zafar Bhatti is being tortured on daily basis. On May 3, he was handed a decree of lifetime imprisonment. BPCA quotes her saying: “I pray for him every day and when we meet we cry together and pray, seeking God’s intervention. I know God will free him one day but ask for Christians across the world to pray for him and to challenge their governments to help him.”
She insisted that her husband is a committed Christian and serving his church selflessly. She said that many non-Christians envied him because his church was growing. She voiced her desire saying: “I wish our persecutors would see that Christians are not evil creatures. We are human beings created by God, the same God that created them, although they do not know this yet.”
Charity and advocacy group CLAAS has been providing legal aid to Zafar Bhatti, has decided to challenge the decision. For this reason they intent to move the Lahore High Court. CLAAS has been trying to get his case transferred to Lahore as there had been mammoth-sized threats to his life as well as to his defense attorney.
Remarking in this regard, Nasir Saeed, Director of CLAAS-UK expressed disappointment over the fact that despite there was no evidence against him, instead of acquitting him the court handed him a lifetime imprisonment sentence.
“The lower court’s judges always hesitate to make decisions on the merit, or free people accused of blasphemy, and instead transfer their burden to the higher court without realizing how their decision will impact the accused and their families’ lives.”