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Asia Bibi’s husband criticises Pak government deal with religious protestors

Islamabad, Nov 4 (IECurrentAffairs) Asia Bibi’s Ashiq Masih husband has criticised the Pakistan government deal with protesters of Islamic religious groups that left her in legal stalemate and called on the authorities to protect her.

The Supreme Court in Pakistan set aside the death penalty on Asia Bibi and she was ordered to be set free. 

Her acquittal triggered widespread protests  led by Tehreek-i-Labbaik (TLP) and other religio-pollitical groups across the country.

In the deal reached by the Pakistan government and TLP, it was agreed  upon that Asia Bibi would not be allowed to leave the country with government initiating legal process to place Asia Bibi on the exit control list (ECL).

The government also agree that it would not oppose a review petition filed against the SC’s judgement.

Masih told media that the government should never have yielded to pressure from protesters.

Masih said the court had been ‘very courageous’ to acquit his wife, an illiterate mother in her 50s whose case started in 2009 when she was accused of having uttered blasphemous remarks after an argument with two Muslim women.

Bibi’s lawyer fled Pakistan on Saturday, fearing for his life.

Masih demanded the government reinforce Bibi’s protection in prison, worrying that she may be attacked. He cited the case of two Christian men who were shot dead after a court acquitted them in another blasphemy case.

“The situation is dangerous for Asia. I feel that her life is not secure,” he said. “So I appeal to government to enhance Asia’s security in jail.”

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