YouTube video of the day: Singing for Aasia Bibi’s release

Published: June 17, 2012
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As Aasia Bibi’s imprisonment enters its third year, a song, “Free Aasia Bibi” surfaces with a message of hope for a possible acquittal.

The song, featuring Ooberfuse – an electro-pop band from the United Kingdom – is a part of the Free Asia Bibi media awareness campaign, aiming to raise voice for her release.

The video shows re-enactments of Aasia Bibi – a Pakistani Christian mother of five – seen languishing in jail after being awarded a death sentence for blasphemy.

The woman who plays Aasia is shown in poor condition, with bruises all over her body as she sits in solitary confinement, while the singers of the band are seen singing for her liberation.

As the video progresses, Aasia is seen receiving sealed envelopes containing pictures of blue skies, captioned with motivational words like “hope”, “courage”, “keep the faith”.

Slowly and gradually her prison wall is full of blue skies.

Video rating: Thumbs up.

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Reader Comments (19)

  • Ordinary Villager
    Jun 17, 2012 - 3:52PM

    So songs could be made for Asia Bibi but Dr Aafia is languishing in American Jails and anyway who would care as Aafia is a Muslim so she deserve to die while Aasia is a Chritian and she deserves to live. Such a hypocrisy of the West and the so called Champions of Freedom ??

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  • ij
    Jun 17, 2012 - 4:03PM

    christians in pakistan should respect the lawRecommend

  • AA
    Jun 17, 2012 - 4:05PM

    Free Asia Bibi! Please!

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  • Riaz Khan
    Jun 17, 2012 - 4:48PM

    Aasia Bibi should be freed! Please support this campaign for the sake of humanity & justice.

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  • mr. righty rightist
    Jun 17, 2012 - 5:15PM

    @ij who writes “christians in pakistan should respect the law”

    Right.

    Except for Muslims, others have to respect the law.

    By the way, what next, a song for releasing Mumtaz Qadri? When will you sing for the release of Shakil Afridi?

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  • Uza Syed
    Jun 17, 2012 - 5:53PM

    @ij: “christians in pakistan should respect the law” — O’ ya? How about yourself and the rest of your kind respecting law and live by some kind of ethical guideline and have the moral courage to see wrong for wrong and condemn it without any of your inherent bigotry.

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  • Zeta
    Jun 17, 2012 - 6:17PM

    Nice propaganda ET

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  • zubair hasan
    Jun 17, 2012 - 6:33PM

    at least they did manage to make a music video about an issue. It very easy to criticize what people do, try doing something on your own.
    for them Asia Bibi’s issue is of priority , if you think its Dr. Afia then go do something to get your message across rather than criticizing other peoples work.

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  • Wazi
    Jun 17, 2012 - 7:32PM

    @ordinary villager. so two wrongs will make it right. so if afia cant live then we should also kill aasia? How can we expect others to do the same thing that we are not willing to do ourselves.

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  • Naeem Khan KS.
    Jun 17, 2012 - 7:57PM

    Pakistanis are living in the past and dreaming of those heroes hundreds of years ago.Mr.Jinnah fought for Pakistan because his dream was of a democratic State where every body is free to observe their religion and respect others. This draconian law was created not by a democratic government but by a dictator General Zia, do you see the results of that intolerance.Do you Pakistanis want to be like Saudi Arabia. Do you people follow the true Islamic principles which preaches so much tolerance for other people namely religious minorities.Just ask yourself why these Hindu and Christian countries are so far ahead of Muslim countries in education, technology,military power and above all wealth, where as not only Pakistanis but most of the Muslim world beg for help from these infidel countries. Think about it.I am a Muslim and believe in the true Islamic principles, live clean life, no stealing, killing, bribing others or taking bribes, respect the law of the land, no corruption, be compassionate to the unfortunate ones and be tolerant of others and their faith. Recommend

  • Salman.
    Jun 17, 2012 - 10:10PM

    wow ..what a rocking music.. I’m dancing…

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  • Rehan
    Jun 17, 2012 - 10:55PM

    Hopefully in some days american will start a campaign name “Free Shakil Afridi” and may be in few weeks, we will see the song as well…

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  • Zalim Singh
    Jun 18, 2012 - 12:06AM

    @ordinary villager
    Aafia Siddique is a US citizen, let her al-qaeda friends worry about her. We should worry about daughter of Pakistan Aasia bibi.

    @Rehan Hopefully a fanatic like you would have murdered shakeel afridi by the time America starts that campaign.

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  • Noble Tufail
    Jun 18, 2012 - 3:50PM

    @ij you missed the point man. Not every prejudice, bigotry, hatered can be wired in the law .. lets clean the law together.

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  • Basit
    Jun 18, 2012 - 8:33PM

    I wish that Express Tribune could also promote campaigns for the release of Aafia Siddiqui bcoz this is not in the priority list of secular and liberal media.

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  • Abdul Aziz
    Jun 18, 2012 - 11:36PM

    What about Arifa Sidiqque. Will they make a song for her who has been given 86 years of imprisonment by the Champions of Humanity in USA. You all are prompt to interfere in Muslim countries affair because that is a part of Agenda.

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  • Ali
    Jun 19, 2012 - 12:41AM

    Christians in Pakistan should live according to the laws of country. Just like Muslims are forced not to wear hijab in France, no minarets in Switzerland, no one can say anything bad about holocaust as its sentence by life throughout western countries

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  • Anas
    Jun 24, 2012 - 9:50AM

    these people think that what they are doing is right and they have all the rights in the world to do it! When Muslims do any thing which is even right, these westerners make it look filthier and condemnable by every angle.
    Actually the rule is very simple; give respect, have respect! Don’t interfere in others religious matters and rights and everyone shall be in peace!!

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  • junaid khalid
    Jul 13, 2012 - 2:39PM

    everyone should obey the rules and respect for other religion . if asisa violate the rule she must have to in jail according to law. and as all know she violate the rule.

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