The husband of a Pakistani Christian girl acquitted after spending eight years on loss of life row on fees of blasphemy has appealed to US President Donald Trump for refuge, citing hazard to members of the family’ lives.
- The ultra-right TLP get together known as for the homicide of the judges who acquitted Asia Bibi
- Greater than 150 protesting in opposition to the acquittal have been arrested on arson, vandalism and violence fees
- The TLP struck a take care of the Authorities which may put Ms Bibi on an “exit management record”
Ashiq Masih, the husband of Asia Bibi, whose case has outraged Christians worldwide and been a supply of division inside Pakistan, additionally appealed to the UK and Canada for help.
“Please assist us, we’re in hassle in Pakistan,” Mr Masih appealed to Mr Trump in a quick video message.
“I additionally request the Prime Minister of the UK to assist us, I additionally request the Prime Minister of Canada,” he added, whereas additionally asking for assistance on behalf of his brother, Joseph Nadeem, who has assisted with Ms Bibi’s case.
The US Embassy and British and Canadian excessive commissions in Islamabad didn’t instantly reply to a request for touch upon the video.
Pakistan’s high courtroom acquitted Ms Bibi on Wednesday (native time) of the fees carrying the loss of life penalty, infuriating hard-line Islamists who held three days of nationwide protests demanding her execution.
The ultra-right Tehreek-e-Labaik (TLP) get together blocked main roads in Pakistan’s largest cities throughout the protests, calling for the homicide of the Supreme Court docket judges who acquitted Ms Bibi and labelling Prime Minister Imran Khan and the nation’s military chief enemies of Islam.
The TLP known as off the protests late on Friday after placing a take care of the Authorities that would see authorities search to place Ms Bibi on an “exit management record”, barring her from leaving the nation and open a evaluate of the decision within the courts.
However enraged protesters had already torched scores of autos and attacked authorities and public property.
Police mentioned over 150 individuals have been arrested on fees of arson, vandalism and violence.
Protesters in Hyderabad burn an effigy of Asia Bibi, who had spent eight years on loss of life row. (AP: Pervez Masih)
Senior police officer Nayab Haider mentioned police have been utilizing video clips to establish these concerned in assaults, torching property and autos, and blocking highways.
Defending the police’s actions, Info Minister Fawad Chaudhry mentioned the Authorities couldn’t spare these concerned in violence. He mentioned the Authorities cleared blocked cities with none bloodshed.
“No authorities can tolerate a insurrection in opposition to the state,” Mr Chaudhry mentioned.
‘There will probably be a conflict in the event that they ship Asia in a foreign country’
On Saturday, Ms Bibi’s lawyer, Saiful Mulook, mentioned he had left Pakistan “to save lots of [my] life from [the] offended mob” and due to fears for the protection of his household.
Ms Bibi was convicted of blasphemy in 2010 for allegedly making derogatory remarks about Islam after neighbours objected to her consuming water from their glass as a result of she was not Muslim.
She has at all times denied committing blasphemy.
Her case caught the eye of then Punjab provincial governor Salman Taseer who spoke in Ms Bibi’s defence earlier than being assassinated by his bodyguard in 2011.
The TLP was based out of a motion to assist Mr Taseer’s murderer, who was hanged in 2016.
Federal minister for minorities Shahbaz Bhatti was additionally killed after calling for her launch.
Protests in opposition to Pakistan’s blasphemy verdict had introduced life to a standstill in areas across the nation. (AP: KM Chaudary)
Ms Bibi’s whereabouts are unknown, however the TLP has warned the authorities in opposition to taking her in a foreign country.
“There will probably be a conflict in the event that they ship Asia out of nation,” TLP chief Khadim Hussain Rizvi mentioned after the take care of the Authorities was reached.
Islamist events have characterised Ms Bibi’s launch as Pakistan’s Authorities caving into Western calls for.