Security concerns: Aasia Bibi shifted to Multan women’s jail

Published: August 1, 2013

Aasia Bibi.

MULTAN: 

As DI Khan’s jailbreak raises concerns about the overall security at the country’s prisons, there is one prisoner who fears for her life more than ever: Aasia Bibi, a blasphemy accused.

She was shifted to the Multan women’s prison amid high security on Wednesday, sources told The Express Tribune.

Even within the jail, she has been kept in a separate cell. She will be allowed out of her cell for only two hours daily. And during this time no other inmate will be allowed to walk around the prison, sources said. Round-the-clock security has been ensured at her cell.

Sources said that after the DI Khan jailbreak Aasia, 32, faced death threats. They added that the Shiekhupura jail, where Aasia was kept earlier, was vulnerable to a DI Khan jail siege-like attack. Keeping Aasia in that prison could also put the lives of other inmates at risk, they added.

Officials revealed that Aasia faced threats from not only militants but also from within the prison.

As a precautionary measure the security of the prison was upgraded before Aasia was shifted. Sources said that the prison security would be at high alert while Aasia is let out of her cell. Death threats for people accused of blasphemy have recently increased over the past few months.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 1st, 2013.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • KAY
    Aug 1, 2013 - 10:39AM

    And why this has to be announced in the media,,,??? Just kiddish!

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  • Khan
    Aug 1, 2013 - 10:51AM

    What kind of uniform is she wearing?

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  • Seriously Speaking
    Aug 1, 2013 - 1:02PM

    Great uniform. Is she our next COAS?

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  • TightPatloon
    Aug 1, 2013 - 3:55PM

    Why not just release her and she can go to UK like Rimsha and Malala?

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  • Imad
    Aug 1, 2013 - 7:04PM

    @ TightPatloon, Rimsha didnt go to UK. She was offered asylum in Canada. That is what moderate, secular countries where human rights are practised do: Offer asylum to those in state of distress.

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  • AnisAqeel
    Aug 1, 2013 - 8:49PM

    Our traders of religion prey on the weakest just to shine their business. Release the poor and innocent who is a victim of our greedy ‘trader of religion’. Our Government should try to destroy these fanatic traders instead of spending tax payers money to safe guard an innocent.

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  • Dr.N.J.M.
    Aug 1, 2013 - 9:19PM

    Release her and protect her.
    And Pakistan can show the world that it respects minority rights… instead of being known as the terrorist sponsoring country that showered flowers on Salman Tasseer’s murderer.Recommend

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