Bibi case: Husband pleads for help from Trump

Bibi case: Husband pleads for help from Trump

Bibi case: Husband pleads for help from Trump

The husband of a Pakistani Christian woman at the centre of a divisive blasphemy case has pleaded for worldwide help to leave the country, saying he feared for his family's safety.

In an interview with The Times Ashiq Masih, who is in hiding with his wife Asia Bibi, pleaded for Theresa May to intervene and help the family "escape from Pakistan" as radical Islamists across the country protest to demand that she be hanged.

Leaders of the ultra-Islamist Tehreek-e-Labaik (TLP) group blocked main roads in Pakistan's biggest cites for three days, calling for the murder of the Supreme Court judges who acquitted Asia Bibi on Wednesday - urging their cooks and servants to kill them.

The government reached a deal Friday to end the protests by agreeing to a travel ban preventing Bibi from leaving the country, and saying it would not object to hardline movements appealing the verdict.

The Christian woman in Pakistan who was on death row for almost a decade before being acquitted by the country's top court last week is now seeking asylum elsewhere, after widespread violent protests throughout the country.

An appeal has now been filed with the court against Bibi's release. Soon, however, a document listing all the "deals" made between TLP and the government were released. Her current whereabouts are unknown, with some reports suggesting that she is being held in a secured location.

"I request President Donald Trump to help us to leave (the country), and I request the prime minister of the United Kingdom to do their level best to help us, to grant us freedom", said Masih, in a video message, also requesting help from the Canadian prime minister.

She was later beaten up at her home, during which her accusers said she confessed to blasphemy.

Bibi, whose family were the only Christians in her village, attempted to drink from a cup of water that had previously been used by Muslims.

"I also request the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom to help us, I also request the Prime Minister of Canada", he said, while also asking for help on behalf of his brother Jospeh Nadeem who has assisted with Bibi's case.

"Since (the court decision), with the violence and the protests, it is too risky for them to see their mother in jail". She and her family say she is innocent of the charges.

The Pakistani lawyer who saved a Christian woman convicted of blasphemy from the gallows left the country on Saturday, saying his life was under threat. "We have also made it clear to the government party that all protesters will come back to their protesting positions, if there will be any mistake", he warned.

"The agreement has sent a shiver down my spine", Masih said.

Punjab Information Minister Fayyaz-ul-Hassan Chohan said the government delegation had finally reached an agreement and the ever-worsening situation was now under control.

"No one should have this wrong impression that the state will ignore this behaviour", he told reporters Sunday.

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