Written by John Newton & John Pontifex - Aid to the Church in Need UK

Asia daughter says “I can’t wait to hug my mother” 

Asia Bibi’s husband and daughter have today described news of her acquittal as the
“most wonderful moment” of their lives – and thanked God for answering their prayers.
Pakistan’s Supreme Court this morning (Wednesday, 31st October) overturned the death
sentence hanging over the Catholic labourer from Punjab who in 2010 became the first
woman in the country condemned to death for blasphemy.

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Ashiq Masih and Eisham Ashiq, Asia Bibi's husband and her 18 year old daughter thank God for Asia's acquittal (Copyright Aid to the Church in Need)

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Nine years. That is how long Asia Bibi has spent in prison and on death row for an alleged blasphemy – which she has always denied. It is also how old her daughter Eisham was, back in June 2009, when she witnessed an enraged crowd beating her mother. Now 18, she met with ACN on Saturday 13 October in London, accompanied by her father, Ashiq Masih.

"We last saw Asia on Monday 1st October, before coming to the United Kingdom. She is well, physically and spiritually", her husband, Ashiq Masih, told ACN on Saturday 13 October in London. "After being accused of blasphemy, she has suffered, her whole family has suffered, for almost 10 years now. But by the grace of God, we hope she will very soon be set free", he added.

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Image: Eisham Bibi - Asia Bibi's daugher has been without her mother for 10 years.

The family of a Christian woman fighting a death sentence in Pakistan believe the country’s Supreme Court may be on the verge of announcing her acquittal.

The court on Monday, 8th October referred judgement in the final hearing in the case of Asia Bibi, whose conviction for blasphemy is on appeal.

Speaking on behalf of Asia Bibi’s husband, Ashiq Masih and daughter, Eisham Ashiq, Father Emmanuel Yousaf said the Supreme Court’s decision could be announced within a few days.

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Asia Bibi has been held in solitary confinement since November 2010, when she was sentenced to hang for insulting Prophet Muhammad, an allegation she denies.

The Supreme Court of Pakistan has set up a three-member bench to hear the final appeal against the execution of Ms Bibi on October 8. The court ‎had earlier adjourned her death sentence appeal on October 13, 2016, after one of the three judges recused himself ‎from the case.‎

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