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Growing concern for Christians in Pakistan following Asia Bibi's acquittal

Thu 01 Nov 2018
By Eno Adeogun

The government in Pakistan is being called by charities around the world to respond firmly to protesters that are opposed to the acquittal of a Christian woman accused of blasphemy in the country.

Demonstrations followed the Supreme Court's decision on Wednesday to free Asia Bibi with hard-line Islamists blocking roads in major cities.

The mother of five had been on death row for 8 years but always denied any wrongdoing.

 

April, a South Asia specialist at Christian Solidarity Worldwide told Premier she was concerned for Christians and the charity's partners on ground.

Speaking during the News Hour April said: "What we understand from our partners is that the situation is actually getting worse.

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"The government have actually imposed blocks on social media, on telephone services, on communications - there's also a media blackout."

Demonstrators in Pakistan have vowed to keep rioting until a decision to free Bibi from death row is reviewed.

Pakistan's prime minister Imran Khan has called for calm and said hard-line Islamists were "inciting" people for their "own political gain".

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April told Premier the blasphemy laws were still of great concern.

She added: "What's going to happen the next time a Christian's accused of blasphemy?

"We'll be in the same situation so I think the government need to try to contain the situation, get a handle on it and send a strong message to Islamist groups."

Listen to Premier's Eno Adeogun speaking to April from Christian Solidarity Worldwide:

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