Pakistan Christians call for joint investigation into court rulings

A “Joint Investigation Team” should be set up to examine the cases of Asia Bibi and all others in prison in Pakistan for blasphemy, according to the Pakistan Christian Congress (PCC), which since 1985 has spoken up for the rights of the country’s tiny Christian minority.

Asia Bibi, a Christian mother of five, was sentenced to death on charges of blasphemy in November 2010, a verdict that was confirmed by the Lahore High Court in 2014. 

Documentation from her case shows that evidence presented against her was contradictory and that her trial process was irregular.

Nazir Bhatti, PCC secretary, said: “Groups of Islamic extremists in Pakistan are using blasphemy laws as a weapon against religious minorities in Pakistan. 

“They have damaged the image of Pakistan at an international level, as a country that violates religious freedom and human rights because the government has failed to stop the abuse of the blasphemy law.”