Islamists Are Planning Suicide Attack to Kill Christian Mother Accused of Blasphemy
Pakistani protesters chant slogans during a rally in Lahore against Asia Bibi, a Christian mother sentenced to death. Asia Bibi, a Christian 45-year-old mother-of-five, has been sentenced to hang in Pakistan after being convicted of defaming the Prophet Mohammed. Her family, who has gone into hiding following death threats, submitted today a new plea for her clemency. (AFP/Arif Ali)
Islamabad (AsiaNews) – An extremist Islamist group calling itself ‘Moaviya’ might be planning a suicide attack against Sheikhupura Prison in order to kill Asia Bibi, a Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy, this according to a report by Pakistani intelligence. Ms Bibi has been held in the prison since 2009. Punjab police and prison authorities have tightened security, especially in the wake of the assassination of the provincial governor, Salman Taseer, last Tuesday.
A few days ago, Mgr Lawrence John Saldanha, president of the catholic Bishops’ Conference of Pakistan, said, “it is clear that anyone that opposes the blasphemy law is at risk.”…
Between 1990 and 2011, as many as 35 people accused of blasphemy or opposed to the law were murdered in extrajudicial killings or found dead in dubious circumstances.
Supporters of a Pakistani religious group rally, Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010 in Lahore, Pakistan to condemn the release of a Christian woman Asia Bibi who had been sentenced to death. (AP)