'Free jailed mum of five' - Church speaks out

Posted by Simon Cross  ·  Be the first to comment

The Church of Scotland is backing the campaign to secure the release of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman imprisoned under Pakistan’s Blasphemy Law.

Asia Bibi, held in Pakistan for contravening Blasphemy laws.

Asia Bibi, held in Pakistan for contravening Blasphemy laws.

Asia Bibi was convicted in November 2010, and the Church of Scotland which has strong ties with the Pakistan Government, immediately called for her to be released and pardoned.

Now the Very Rev Andrew McLellan, Convener of the Church of Scotland’s World Mission Council, and the rev Ian Galloway, Convener of the Church of Scotland’s Church and Society Council have put their names to a letter urging the Pakistani authorities to release and pardon her.

The letter was read out during a three hour rally in Trafalgar Square, which was organized to commemorate the assassination of Shahbaz Bhatti, Pakistan’s Minister for Minorities Affairs.

The Kirk gave financial help in the aftermath of the 2005 earthquake in northern Pakistan and the more recent devastating floods. This allowed aid to reach communities of all faiths which had been affected by the disasters.

The Very Rev Andrew McLellan, Convener of the Church of Scotland’s World Mission Council, said: “We urge the Government of Pakistan to release and pardon Asia Bibi and to ensure that she and her family are protected from those who would seek take the law into their own hands.

“The Church of Scotland is concerned about the use and abuse of the Blasphemy Law in Pakistan to settle scores, exact revenge or inflame religious extremism. We urge the Government of Pakistan to repeal this law, which was designed to protect people of all faiths and to promote respect for all religions.

“Unfortunately it is being used to intimidate and terrorise minority faith communities in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. This goes against the traditions and teachings of Islam and is contrary to the culture of the majority of Pakistanis.”

12th March

March 12th, 2012 - Posted & Written by Simon Cross

Thumbs Down0
Thumbs Up0

Did you find this article useful?

0 Visitor Comments

Join in the Eden community and comment on this article

Leave A Comment

Leave your comments or suggestions in regards to this article.

Most Popular Articles
Advent Reflection: 11th December - Ian Shaw
Posted on Sunday 11th of December
Advent Reflection: 10th December - Richard Harries
Posted on Saturday 10th of December
Advent Reflection 9th December - Amy Boucher Pye
Posted on Friday 9th of December
Advent Reflection: 8th December - Kel Richards
Posted on Thursday 8th of December
Advent Reflection: 7th December - Davis Bunn
Posted on Wednesday 7th of December
Advent Reflection: 11th December - Ian Shaw
Posted on Sunday 11th of December
Advent Reflection: 10th December - Richard Harries
Posted on Saturday 10th of December
Advent Reflection 9th December - Amy Boucher Pye
Posted on Friday 9th of December
Advent Reflection: 8th December - Kel Richards
Posted on Thursday 8th of December
Advent Reflection: 7th December - Davis Bunn
Posted on Wednesday 7th of December
What Are Eden Bundles?
Posted on Friday 11th of November
Creating an all age, fun, and messy church
Posted on Wednesday 28th of March

Updates from the live @Edencouk twitter feed!

Twitter Seperator
Don't forget to follow us @edencouk
Recent Article Comments
No Comments.

Nia Wright has made 0 posts.

34 useful comments

A Reader has made 0 posts.

16 useful comments

Les Ellison has made 54 posts.

10 useful comments

Lyn Myers has made 5 posts.

8 useful comments

James Warwood has made 4 posts.

8 useful comments

Last updated: 24 mins ago