Christian mother-of-five Asia Bibi’s life is in imminent danger even if she is released from death row, a religious freedom advocate has warned.
Shaheryar Gill, senior litigation counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice, told Baptist Press that the only reason Pakistan’s Supreme Court hasn’t yet announced its decision on her fate is due to security concerns.
“Generally the Supreme Court announces decisions the same day. In politically high-profile cases, or in these type security cases, these are the only times when the court doesn’t announce,” Gill noted.
“And they don’t even take that long actually, but this time it seems like they’re taking a little bit longer,” he added.
“If she’s acquitted she is obviously going to need a lot of security …, security provided by the government,” Gill continued. “And she cannot be released openly. If she is, there’s no doubt, no question about it, that her life will be in jeopardy. They feel proud of killing somebody like this.”
Bibi has been on death row since 2010 after being found guilty of blasphemy against the Islamic faith, stemming from an incident with field workers in 2009 who claimed that she insulted their religious sensitivities.
Bibi has denied the charge, but despite international pressure and the campaigns of human rights groups, she has remained in prison, waiting for the results of her appeal against the death sentence.
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Source: Christian Post