20 posts categorized “ASIA BIBI”

March 26, 2014

Asia Bibi Appeal Delayed Again

The Lahore High Court has, for the second time in two weeks, delayed the first hearing on Asia Bibi’s appeal of her conviction for blasphemy and the resulting death sentence.

A hearing last week was delayed because one of the two judges set to hear the case was unable to be in court. Today the court convened once again, but had to delay the proceedings when the attorney for the complainant was not present in the court room. The judges waited ten minutes and then announced a delay in the case.

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A photo of Asia Bibi taken during a prison visit.

In the case of Asia Bibi, the complainant, or “counterparty,” is Muslim mullah Qari Muhammed Sallam. Sallam is the man who submitted the original complaint in the case on June 19, 2009. The complaint accused Asia Bibi of speaking against the Islamic prophet, Mohammed, on June 14 of that year. Asia Bibi’s lawyers told Agenzia Fides that they will point to the five-day gap between the alleged statements and the complaint being filed as evidence that the charges were fabricated.

Asia Bibi was sentenced to death on November 8, 2010. Her appeal, No. 2509, was filed with the Lahore High Court on November 11, 2010.

Reportedly, April 14 was set for the next attempt to have this initial appeal hearing. VOM contacts in Pakistan are closely monitoring the case.

Please continue to pray for Asia Bibi as she waits in prison for the appeal process to move forward. Pray also for her husband and daughters as they await the court’s decision.

You can still sign the petition asking for Asia Bibi's release at www.CallForMercy.com.


February 12, 2014

Pakistan's Blasphemy Law

World Magazine published an online story this week about the blasphemy law—Law 295—in Pakistan and how it affects Christians and other minority groups in that nation.

I was interviewed for the story:

Pakistan’s anti-blasphemy law makes it illegal to speak against Islam. Todd Nettleton, director of media development at Voice of the Martyrs, said the law is used as a weapon. Worst of all, accusers don’t need any proof. There are no consequences for false accusations, but anyone accused is arrested and imprisoned during the investigation.

I have twice been a part of VOM teams delivering petitions to the Pakistani Embassy in Washington DC on behalf of one of Law 295’s victims—Asia Bibi. Both times we were welcomed with kindness into the embassy and reminded that more Muslims are accused of blasphemy than Christians. Photo_asia

We were also told that the system works…that when someone is innocent the courts will eventually set them free. That is sometimes true, but it is also true that some of those set free have been murdered by radical Muslims after they were set free, and some were murdered even before they could appear in court.

Perhaps Asia Bibi will be set free, her appeal granted and the death penalty she was sentenced to thrown out by the High Court. But when? The years she has been in prison, separated from her husband and daughters, are years she will never get back. And no court decision can change that.

Please pray for Asia Bibi. Please sign the petition to ask Pakistan’s government to set her free at www.CallForMercy.com. Join us in this call for mercy from an unjust law that affects so many of our brothers and sisters in Pakistan.

Todd Nettleton has served the persecuted church and VOM 15 years. He has been interviewed more than 2000 times by various media outlets. He's the author of Restricted Nations: North Korea, and served on the writing team for FOXE, Extreme Devotion, Hearts of Fire and other VOM books.


January 8, 2014

Most-Viewed Posts in 2013: #3

This week on the Persecution Blog we will be reposting the most-viewed posts of 2013, with #3 today and counting down to last year's most-viewed post on Friday.

The #3 most-viewed post was an update on Asia Bibi, a wife and mother imprisoned in Pakistan for boldly witnessing to the truth that Jesus is alive to some of her Muslim coworkers. For doing so, she was accused of blasphemy and sentenced to death. We provided this update on her case on June 27:

Asia Bibi Update

Earlier this month Asia Bibi’s husband, Ashiq, was able to visit her in jail. At the time of his visit Asia was sick and receiving treatment from the jail doctor. She complained of a lot of pain in her legs, shoulders and arms.

Ashiq told Asia, “Take good care for your health and recover soon. The children are worried for you. They are daily praying for your good health and soon release.” Asia_Bibi

Asia said she is regularly praying in jail for her release and requested VOM readers to pray with her.

Several days after Ashiq’s visit to the prison, Asia was transferred from Sheikhupura jail to Multan jail. This change means that, in order for her family to visit her, they will have to travel around five hours instead of only one hour. The extra travel also raises security concerns for the family.

Asia’s daughters in particular were discouraged by the news of their mother’s transfer.

Please pray for Asia Bibi. Pray for healing on her body, encouragement to her spirit and for her release from prison. Pray also for Ashiq and their daughters.

You can write letters of encouragement to Asia through Prisoner Alert. The site has been updated with her new prison address. Invite your friends to sign a petition to the Pakistani government on her behalf at www.CallForMercy.com.

Come back to the Persecution Blog tomorrow in order to see the #2 most-viewed post of 2013. You may also want to view #4 and #5, posted earlier this week.


July 2, 2013

Asia Bibi Petition Drive Continues

Last week, we updated you with recent developments in the case of Asia Bibi, a Christian wife and mother in Pakistan who is facing the death penalty for allegedly blaspheming Mohammed.

VOM continues to collect signatures from around the world asking Pakistan's government to release Asia Bibi from prison and allow her to be reunited with her husband and daughters. To date, more than 666,800 people have added their names to this Call for Mercy.

Today we encourage you to get involved in this vital campaign. First, if you haven't, add your voice to the Call For Mercy petition drive.

After you've signed the petition, invite your friends and relatives to add their voices as well. One tool to help you do this is the following video, which was the top video in VOM's Call For Mercy video contest. Post a link to the video on your Facebook page or share it via Twitter (use the hash tag #CallForMercy) or other social media channels.

 

VOM's goal, when the Call For Mercy campaing launched, was 1,000,000 signatures. Already we've made two deliveries of petition signatures to the Pakistani Embassy in Washington DC. Help us reach that goal by encouraging your friends to sign the petition today.

You can also encourage Asia Bibi directly by writing her a letter through Prisoner Alert.


June 27, 2013

Asia Bibi Update

Earlier this month Asia Bibi’s husband, Ashiq, was able to visit her in jail. At the time of his visit Asia was sick and receiving treatment from the jail doctor. She complained of a lot of pain in her legs, shoulders and arms.

Ashiq told Asia, “Take good care for your health and recover soon. The children are worried for you. They are daily praying for your good health and soon release.” Asia_Bibi

Asia said she is regularly praying in jail for her release and requested VOM readers to pray with her.

Several days after Ashiq’s visit to the prison, Asia was transferred from Sheikhupura jail to Multan jail. This change means that, in order for her family to visit her, they will have to travel around five hours instead of only one hour. The extra travel also raises security concerns for the family.

Asia’s daughters in particular were discouraged by the news of their mother’s transfer.

Please pray for Asia Bibi. Pray for healing on her body, encouragement to her spirit and for her release from prison. Pray also for Ashiq and their daughters.

You can write letters of encouragement to Asia through Prisoner Alert. The site has been updated with her new prison address. Invite your friends to sign a petition to the Pakistani government on her behalf at www.CallForMercy.com.


November 20, 2012

Todd Nettleton & Janet Parshall Discuss Christian Persecution

Screen Shot 2012-11-20 at 3.59.55 PMYesterday Todd Nettleton, who is the Director of Media Development for The Voice of the Martyrs, appeared on In the Market with Janet Parshall to discuss the latest news with the persecuted church.

Some of the stories they covered included Todd's recent visit to D.C. in order to drop off petitions concerning Asia Bibi.  If you haven't yet signed the Call for Mercy petition, please do that.  The Voice of the Martyrs has been trying to get one million signatures, and so far there is almost 650,000 signatures.  Todd shares additional information about how Asia is doing in prison.

Janet also mentioned the recent webcast that Todd was apart of with The Family Research Council.  If you missed our earlier posts on this, you may click here to see details.

They also discussed the recent beheading that took place and news concerning Nigeria and how you can help this Christmas.

Please click here to listen to the archived interview and scroll to the 30 minute mark.


September 5, 2012

Call for Mercy for Asia Bibi

A few days ago our Be-A-Voice-Network sent out an email update about Asia Bibi and I wanted to share it with you in case you are not yet a member of our Be-A-Voice-Network.  Signing up for the Be-A-Voice-Network is very easy, please click here and sign up today.

Screen shot 2012-09-05 at 3.46.44 PMWe always give thanks for you in our prayers for your efforts on behalf of our persecuted brothers and sisters around the world.

Many of you are aware of the plight of Asia Bibi, the Pakistani Christian wife and mother, who was convicted under Pakistan's blasphemy law and sentenced to death. She has appealed her sentence and remains in prison awaiting the Lahore High Court's ruling.

Asia was arrested after a confrontation with her Muslim co-workers, who later accused Asia of blaspheming Islam's prophet, Mohammed. The blasphemy law has been widely abused by Muslims to punish Christians in Pakistan.

More than 150,000 Pakistani Christians signed a petition calling for Asia Bibi's release from prison. Now you can join with The Voice of the Martyrs and our Pakistani brothers and sisters in this call for mercy. Our goal is to gather one million signatures on behalf of our sister Asia.

In November 2012, the names gathered since our last delivery will be delivered to the Pakistani Embassy in Washington, D.C. We are also encouraging our contacts around the world to work through the Pakistani Embassy in their particular country to emphasize the point that people around the world are watching this case.

We have acquired over 600,000 signatures since the campaign began in July 2011. With your help we can reach our goal of one million signatures. Please sign the petition and encourage your friends to do the same at www.CallforMercy.com.

Thank you for standing with Asia Bibi and other persecuted Christians in Pakistan. Your involvement makes a difference!

On behalf of the Persecuted Church,

VOM Staff


August 1, 2012

Pray, Write and Sign in Support of Asia Bibi

Screen shot 2012-08-01 at 4.36.38 PMToday I want to remind you to pray for our sister, Asia Bibi, who is still in prison for her faith in Jesus Christ.

Last month we gave you an update and told you that she was feeling better than she was in April, and that she had some food and clothes given to her from a group that came to support her.

Please also take a moment to sign the Call for Mercy petition, in support of Asia and help us reach one million signatures for her.

Will you also add to your prayers, a letter to Asia so that she knows you're praying for her.  These letters also serve as a witness to those who are in touch with her in the government because they remind them that people have not forgotten Asia.  Click here to write your letter today.

 


July 5, 2012

Update on Asia Bibi & Please Sign the Call for Mercy Petition

If you are a member of our Be-A-Voice-Network  than you may have already received our latest notice about Asia Bibi, but in the event you are not a member, I wanted to share with you part of the email that was sent.

In June, we received the latest update fromAshiq.  Here's what he said:

Screen shot 2012-07-05 at 3.27.50 PMIn June, Ashiq reported that Asia was feeling better. She said another group had brought her some food and clothes, and she was thankful for them and for all her prayer supporters.

This is good news, because in April, Asia was feeling very discouraged.  Please pray for Asia Bibi and add her to your prayer list so you can pray for her often.  If you have not yet signed our Call for Mercy petition for Asia, we are still wanting to reach one million signatures and we still have close to 400,000 more signatures to reach that goal.  Click here to sign now!

We would also like to ask you to write Asia a letter of encouragement using our Prisoner Alert page.  Click here to write Asia and then share with others how they can also write her a letter.


June 13, 2012

Sign the Call for Mercy Petition for Asia Bibi & Send Asia A Letter of Support

Screen shot 2012-06-13 at 5.12.11 PMToday I wanted to remind you that we are still working towards getting ONE MILLION signatures in support of Asia Bibi who has received a death sentence and been charged with blasphemy in Pakistan.

We are so blessed to have over 613,000 people who have already joined the Call for Mercy for Asia.  Will you join them if you haven't signed the petition yet?  Click here to sign the petition and learn more.

We would also like you to consider writing a letter to Asia Bibi using our Prisoner Alert page.

Over 13,000 encouraging letters have already been written to Asia and it would be wonderful if we could increase that number to 25,000 so that those in Pakistan know that we have not forgotten our sister who is in chains.  Please click here to write your letter of support today.