Court says Asia Bibi must be allowed to see her family in prison
A court in Pakistan has directed jail authorities and Government officials not to restrict the father and other close relatives of Asia Bibi from meeting her in jail, her lawyer said. The Lahore High Court in Pakistan's Punjab province gave the order after the blasphemy victim's father, Soran Masih, filed a petition seeking access to his daughter and complaining that police and prison authorities blocked his entry several times since 2012, according to media reports. Last October, the Lahore High Court upheld the death penalty of Bibi.
Judgment of Lahore High Court in Pakistan
"Judge Muhammad Anwar ul Haq issued directives to the jail superintendent of Multan where Bibi is being held and the Home Department to let he petitioner - Soran Masih and his family members see Asia Bibi," Sardar Mushtaq Gill, Masih's family lawyer, was quoted.
Aasiya Noreen known as Asia Bibi is a Pakistani Christian woman who was convicted of blasphemy by a Pakistani court, receiving a sentence of death by hanging. In April, Pope Francis met with and prayed for her family in Rome.
"We are here in Italy to make sure we can be the voice of an innocent woman who has been suffering in jail for six years," Catholic News Agency earlier quoted Bibi's husband, Ashiq Masih, as saying after the brief meeting with the pontiff.
"Since the day Asia Bibi was arrested, our family is totally destroyed. The children cannot survive without their mother. Asia Bibi misses her children, the children miss her," Masih added.
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