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Asia Bibi: Pakistan's Judicial Betrayal
"I am requesting the president of the United States, Donald Trump, to help us exit from Pakistan." — Ashiq Masih, Asia Bibi's husband.
"Placing Asia Bibi on the ECL [no-fly list] is like signing her death warrant." — Wilson Chowdhry, Chairman of the British Pakistani Christian Association.
Blasphemy laws in Pakistan "have been used to target religious minorities, pursue personal vendettas, and carry out vigilante violence. On the basis of little or no evidence, the accused will struggle to establish their innocence while angry and violent mobs seek to intimidate the police, witnesses, prosecutors, lawyers and judges." — Amnesty International.
The government apparently succumbed to pressure and signed an agreement giving in to many of the demands of Tehreek-e-Labbaik. Pakistan's government also promised not to oppose a legal petition to reverse Asia Bibi's release, and to put her name on the "exit control list" (ELC), a no-fly list, to prevent her from leaving the country.
"Placing Asia Bibi on the ECL is like signing her death warrant", said Wilson Chowdhry of the British Pakistani Christian Association.
The agreement," tweeted analyst Mosharraf Zaidi, "was a "historic capitulation".
"It's almost certain that Bibi will not be able to live in the country after her acquittal", the famous Pakistani novelist Mohammed Hanif wrote in The New York Times.