The husband of Aasiya (also known as Asia) Bibi, the Christian woman from Pakistan who has been on death row for nearly five years for alleged blasphemy, has spoken about how the family is under constant threat.
The law has “destroyed our lives” Ashiq Massih told the BBC. “We get death threats. We can’t stay in one place for very long.”
Massih, who has been in hiding with their five children since Bibi’s conviction, has made a fresh appeal for help.
“I call on the international community to help,” he said. “And I ask the Pakistani government to review this law.”
Reforming the blasphemy law is under consideration in Pakistan, but it’s a dangerous issue – two politicians who spoke out against it were killed.
However, the court that convicted Bibi has pushed for new legislation that will make future blasphemy convictions harder to achieve. Last October the Pakistani High Court upheld Bibi’s death penalty for alleged blasphemy of the prophet Muhammad in 2009. She was convicted in 2010.
While in prison, Bibi has suffered abuse and death threats. Open Doors has continued to urge Christians in the West to support her with prayer.
Christians make up less than 2 percent of Pakistan’s population while approximately 95 percent are Muslim. Pakistan is ranked No. 8 on the Open Doors 2015 World Watch List of the worst persecutors of Christians.
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