Asia Bibi acquitted of blasphemy! Allowed to leave Pakistan.

Prayer answered!! More needed. Late last night the news reported that on October 31, Pakistan’s supreme court’s decided to acquit Asia Bibi, keep her safe, and allow her to leave the country. Christians around the globe have been praying for her ever since she was arrested on false blasphemy charges in 2009.

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The Pakistani supreme court’s decision was challenging and dangerous. The mob pressure to execute her was, and still is, intense. Many want her dead because someone accused her of blasphemy against Mohammad. They have been chanting “Hang infidel Asia.” The Guardian reports: Protests erupt in Pakistan after blasphemy conviction overturned – video.

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The judges overturned Asia Bibi’s death sentence because there was no evidence to support the charges against her. Hearsay is not evidence. Much to their credit and courage, the court made its decision facing threats of being viciously killed unless they executed her. Yet, if they found her innocent, the minority Christians throughout Pakistan would be placed in greater peril than normal. Despite all the threats, potential repercussions, and controversy, they adhered to the evidence of law and the principal that a person is innocent until proven guilty.

CBS summed-up the court’s decision saying: “The Supreme Court concluded that it was ‘inescapable’ that the prosecution had failed to prove its case against Asia Bibi, a mother of five who was convicted in 2010 for insulting Islam’s Prophet Muhammad during an argument. She remained on death row while appealing the case.”

International Christian Concern reported: “Bibi, a Christian woman accused of blasphemy in 2009, was the only woman in Pakistan’s history to be sentenced to death under the country’s notorious blasphemy laws. The 56-page judgment, authored by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nasir, found that the prosecution against Bibi had not proved the blasphemy charges beyond a reasonable doubt and that the presumption of innocence remained with the accused.”

The hours days and weeks to come will expose the heart and soul of the people of Pakistan. I thank God for opening the hearts of the judges to do the right thing by acquitting Asia Bibi, protecting her, and allowing her to leave the country. I pray that the Holy Spirit will reveal God’s righteousness to the Pakistani people, and that they will find peace in Christ. I pray that my own country will do the same as the mobs here are also rising up against law and order, and committing violence against any opposing their pursuit of political control.

May the peace of God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you!

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Rob Oberto, D.Min., is the award-winning author of “Intimacy With God” available from Amazon. ©2018 Rob Oberto, All Rights Reserved.

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Please pray for Asia Bibi’s acquittal and God’s abundant grace in Pakistan.

OUR PRAYER IS CRITICAL at this very moment. Asia Bibi is a Christian Pakistani mother of five who has been languishing in prison since 2010. I’ve been following her process through Pakistan’s judicial system for several years. Her final appeal was made to a special, three-member bench of Pakistan’s Supreme Court on October 12th, 2018. The judges are deciding her fate. Their decision is expected by the end of October. You can see a picture of Asia on the American Center for Law and Justice’s October 18th update, where she is asking for our prayers.

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International Christian Concern’s report on October 16, explains:

The accusation against Bibi stems back to an argument between Bibi, a Christian, and her Muslim coworkers in 2009. Bibi’s coworkers became very angry with Bibi after she used the same water bowl as the Muslims. In Pakistan, Christians are often associated with being low caste and untouchable. In the argument that followed, Bibi’s coworkers claim that she used derogatory language against the Prophet Muhammad, violating Pakistan’s notorious blasphemy laws.

Pakistan’s blasphemy laws are often abused to settle personal scores or incite religious hatred. Little to no evidence is typically needed beyond an accusation to incite mob violence against the individual accused and the border community that individual represents if a member of a minority community.

The crowds are demanding she be executed by hanging, see The Christian Post’s article, and they have threatened Pakistan’s Supreme Court justices with horrible deaths if they release her. Yet, her release will result in a fury of persecution against Pakistan’s minority Christians. This decision, however, will reach beyond Pakistan’s borders to every Islamic country, and every Muslim-Christian interaction. The situation is a powder-keg that only God’s power, grace, and wisdom can defuse. Your prayer is needed.

Please pray for:

  • Asia’s release, her family, and her continued faith
  • The protection of Pakistan’s Christians
  • God to confound and convert the persecutors.
  • God to open the hearts of the judges to His righteousness

May the peace of God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you!

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Rob Oberto, D.Min., is the award-winning author of “Intimacy With God” available from Amazon. ©2018 Rob Oberto, All Rights Reserved.