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The Asia Bibi family seeks asylum in the United Kingdom, Canada and the USA

The Asia Bibi family seeks asylum in the United Kingdom, Canada and the USA


The family of the Christian Asia Bibi, who was acquitted on Wednesday by the Supreme Court of Pakistan of a death sentence for blasphemy, has asked the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States to grant them asylum for security reasons.

"Asia Bibi's husband, Ashiq Masih, has asked the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada to give Asia and his family asylum," Wilson Chowdhry, spokesman for the British Pakistani Christian Association, told Efe. , help the British Minister of the Interior, Sajid Javid.

Chowdhry echoed a video that was sent to him yesterday by the Asian family in which Masih appeals to US President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May, while warning of threats to the security of the family in Pakistan.

"He said that after the agreement between the government and the (radical Islamic group) Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) there are serious threats against Asia and his family in Pakistan," the source concluded on the agreement reached on Friday that allows Islamists ask before the Justice that Cristina does not leave the country while the case is being reviewed.

Almost immediately after the acquittal of Asia, thousands of TLP supporters took to the streets throughout Pakistan for three days, causing the paralysis of the same for three days, with many roads cut and schools closed.

The Christian, mother of five children, was denounced in 2009 by two women for allegedly insulting the Prophet Muhammad, a court sentenced her to death in 2010 and four years later lost an appeal in the High Court of Lahore (east).

The hard law antiblasfemia paquistaní was established in the British colonial time to avoid religious clashes, but in the decade of 1980 several reforms sponsored by the then dictator, Mohamed Zia-ul-Haq, favored the abuse of this rule.

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