PCC and PCA to rally in front of UN offices New York for release of Asia Bibi
15 Nov 2010
New York: November 15, 2010. (PCP) Pakistan Christian Congress PCC and Pakistani Christians Association in North America PCA, leaders decided in a meeting to stage protest in front of United Nations offices in New York
on handing over death sentence to Christian women Asia Bibi on accusations of blasphemy by a court in Punjab province of Pakistan.
PCC and PCA will also present a memorandum to Secretary General of UN to intervene and press upon government of Pakistan to immediately release Asia Bibi and to repeal blasphemy law in Pakistan.
Pakistan Christian Congress PCC Chief Dr. Nazir S Bhatti said that arrest of Asia Bibi under blasphemy law was denial to assurance by government in 2007, that any First Information Report FIR in any police station will not be lodged until Deputy Commissioner or District Police Officer not scrutinize complain and verify facts but in Asia Bibi case, one Sub-Inspector Police of Saddar Police Station filed FIR against Asia Bibi on June 19, 2009, on complain of Imam of Ittanwali village mosque without notifying district administrative officers.
Police claimed that Asia Bibi is taken in protective custody after Muslim mob attack on her home when she ran to take refuge from farms where she was called infidel by Muslim co-worker women after touching drinking water bowl but police charged her under blasphemy.
The Muslim women were putting pressure on Asia Bibi from years to convert to Islam which turned into dialogues on that day when Asia Bibi said that Christianity is only true religion. The Muslim women raised an uproar and blamed Asia Bibi of defiling Prophet Mohammad.
Pakistan Christians Association in North America PCA, Chairman Mr. William Shahzad said that we urge government of Pakistan to withdraw death sentence of Asia Bibi till November 30, 2010, and repeal blasphemy law by an executive order.
PCC and PCA leaders announced that Pakistani Christian Diaspora in USA will stage a protest rally on December 2, 2010, in front of United Nation offices in New York and will present a petition to Mr. Ban Ki Moon, Secretary General of UN to press upon government of Pakistan to immediately release Asia Bibi and withdraw her death sentence.
PCA Secretary General Mr. Babar Khokhar said that Women, Religious and Human Rights organizations in Tri-Sate area shall be also contacted to participate in protest procession.