13 November 2018:
Today, concern over Britain’s lack of action in offering Asia Bibi and her family asylum has featured in the national headlines.
11 November 2018:
Yesterday’s update from Asia Bibi’s family can be read on the following page:
8 November 2108:
Late yesterday reports of Asia Bibi’s release from prison in Pakistan began to circulate in the media. Some of them suggested that she and her family had already left the country. This is far from certain, with Pakistan Government spokespersons claiming she is still in the country, but at a secure location.
The British Pakistani Christian Association, who are in direct contact with her husband, have confirmed that she has been released whilst calling for the media not to speculate on her whereabouts.
Below are links to various reports concerning her release. The first of these is a statement from Andrew Boyd, Release International’s spokesman, provided to UCB radio. (2½ minutes).
31 October 2108:
In a formal verdict Pakistan’s Supreme Court announced that Asia Bibi, a Christian woman who was sentenced to death 10 years ago for blasphemy, has been acquitted of the charge.
Below are links to a number of reports all of which highlight that whilst this is a significant move for Asia and her family, it could also signal a period of national unrest in Pakistan. Very quickly after the verdict was announced protesters began blocking parts of major cities and the defence forces were put on high alert in advance of the announcement.
Prayer needs are in the following areas:
Safety for Asia Bibi and her family, including her married daughters and their families. It is almost certain that they will all have to leave Pakistan if they are not to be tracked down and murdered.
Pray for them to find not only a safe country to take refuge in, but a Christian environment where they can recover from the ordeal of the last 10 years and be built up in their trust and and confidence in Christ.
Safety for her lawyer and his staff.
The protection of the judges involved.
Wisdom and courage for Pakistan’s government.
Protection for the wider, but small Christian community in Pakistan, who could easy be targeted as a result of this verdict.
Links to reports:
The text bellow the following video links to the BBC’s report of Imran Khan speech to the nation following Asia Bibi’s acquittal.
The chief justice defends the Court’s decision:
Support is being expressed in Pakistan for the stand against extremists:
However their are political critics of the Prime Minister’s statement:
Initial Reports of Verdict:
Further updates will be added when available.