The government in Pakistan is being called by charities around the world to respond firmly to protesters that are opposed to the acquittal of a Christian woman accused of blasphemy in the country.

Demonstrations followed the Supreme Court’s decision on Wednesday to free Asia Bibi with hard-line Islamists blocking roads in major cities.

The mother of five had been on death row for 8 years but always denied any wrongdoing.

April, a South Asia specialist at Christian Solidarity Worldwide told Premier she was concerned for Christians and the charity’s partners on ground. ­­­­­­­­­­­­­

Speaking during the News Hour April said: “What we understand from our partners is that the situation is actually getting worse.

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“The government have actually imposed blocks on social media, on telephone services, on communications – there’s also a media blackout.”

Demonstrators in Pakistan have vowed to keep rioting until a decision to free Bibi from death row is reviewed. ­­­­­­­­­­­­­

Pakistan’s prime minister Imran Khan has called for calm and said hard-line Islamists were “inciting” people for their “own political gain”.

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April told Premier the blasphemy laws were still of great concern.

She added: “What’s going to happen the next time a Christian’s accused of blasphemy? ­­­­­­­­­­­­­

“We’ll be in the same situation so I think the government need to try to contain the situation, get a handle on it and send a strong message to Islamist groups.”

Date published: 5/11/2018
Written by: Eno Adeogun
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