Ottawa in talks to offer asylum to woman in blasphemy case (National Post, with files from The Daily Telegraph, The Washington Post, and news services)

Nov. 13, 2018

Christian spent eight years on death row

…”A national poll revealed that ten million Pakistanis would be willing to kill her themselves after she was accused of insulting the prophet Muhammad.

Her lawyer, Saiful Mulook, has already fled Pakistan….”

…”Writing in the Daily Pakistan, Ahmed Quraishi said: “The extremists are more emboldened today than at any other time since 9/11. They refuse to accept the possibility that someone can be acquitted after being charged with blasphemy, and feel executing Asia Bibi is the only option. Either this or someone kills her extrajudicially like the sixty other Pakistanis accused of blasphemy and murdered before trial in recent years. At the heart of this debate is paranoia among Pakistani extremists that Islam is under threat and the misperception that foreign pressure protects those who commit blasphemy.

“Interestingly, most Pakistanis and more than a billion Muslims worldwide don’t share this paranoid extremist outlook.”…”

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