PAKISTAN – Pakistani Christians Fear Backlash Over Asia Bibi Acquittal
International Christian Concern | Nov. 14, 2018
Pakistani Christians are reportedly living in fear that their community will face severe backlash following the acquittal of Asia Bibi. On October 31, Bibi, a Christian woman formally on death row for committing blasphemy, was acquitted of all charges by Pakistan’s Supreme Court.
Bibi’s blasphemy case has been at the center of a contentious and violent debate over Pakistan’s notorious blasphemy laws. Following the announcement of the Supreme Court’s decision, mobs of hardliners took to the streets in protest. According to Peter Jacob, the Executive Director of the Center for Social Justice, Christians were targeted for assault by the rioters.