Under the shadow of fear, Aasia Bibi's family struggle for normalcy

Ashiq Massih says we live in hiding, it's very hard especially for the children as they can't settle down or study

Web Desk February 04, 2015
The daughters of Asia Bibi with an image of their mother, standing outside their residence in Sheikhupura on November 13, 2010. PHOTO: REUTERS

Ashiq Masih, husband of the death convict Aasia Bibi, said it is difficult for him and his family to lead a normal life as they live with constant fear and after receiving death threats, BBC reported on Wednesday.

"We live in hiding. It's very hard for us, especially for my children, since they have not been able to settle down or study," he added.

Asia Bibi - mother of five children - has been on death row since November 2010 after she was accused of making derogatory remarks against Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) during an argument with a group of Muslim women.

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Masih said his family was not able to stay in one place for a very long due to constant fear.

"They went to fields and beat her and tore her clothes. They beat her in front of us," narrates Esham, Aasia's 14-year-old daughter, trying to fight back tears.

Esham said she cannot forget the way her mother was beaten and tortured that day.

On the sensitive issue of blasphemy in Pakistan, former governor Salmaan Taseer was also shot dead by his body guard on January 4, 2011 at an Islamabad coffee shop over the his call for country’s tough blasphemy laws to be reformed.

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imran ghori | 9 years ago | Reply

Extremists has no religion, they are killing innocent's Muslims in the name of Islam and shariat,, Asia bibi is easy and soft target for yazidi extremists..running away from these extremists is not solution, advice ur sons join pak army kill these extremists various groups working with support of Indian intelligence

Fareena | 9 years ago | Reply

@james: Definitely Ideology!

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