Det er rimelig spesielt å marsjere under et banner som krever noen hengt for en innbilt forbrytelse. Særlig når vedkommende allerede har sonet åtte års fengsel. Men vanlig straff utmåles ikke av de religiøse. Kun en straff gjelder: Dødsstraff.
Pakistans høyesterett opprettholdt tirsdag firkjennelsen av Asia Bibi, som var anklaget for blasfemi.
Høyesterettsjustitiarius Khosa sa det ikke gikk an å ta en anke til anmodning hvor bevisene ikke hang sammen.
“You think we give the death sentence to someone on the basis of false evidence?” Khosa said. “Such lies were told that one statement doesn’t match with another.”
“You start declaring someone deserves to be killed just on the basis of false evidence.”
Islamistene mener åpenbart ja på det spørsmålet. Bibi er blitt et hatsymbol for islamister. Hennes advokat måtte fly landet. Selv fikk hun ikke lov av myndighetene som frykter reaksjoner fra islamistene.
Nå kan de vanskelig unngå å la henne slutte seg til barna som har fått asyl i Canada. Bibi vil være et mål for islamister for all fremtid.
Åtte år i fengsel
Hun satt åtte år og ventet på å bli henrettet. Bakgrunnen for blasfemianklagen er at hun drakk fra samme kopp som de andre kvinnene i landsbyen. Det mente de gjorde koppen uren.
Det som sjokkerte mest da saken var oppe i oktober, var at Theresa May sa nei til å gi Bibi asyl. Hun fryktet angivelig uroligheter.
Storbritannia begynner å ligne Pakistan.
Livet som kristen i Pakistan
Sunday Mail oppsøkte landsbyen Asia er fra. Det har bare 300 innbyggere og Asias familie er de eneste kristne. De er katolikker. Mange har forsøkt å få Asias familie til å konvertere, uten hell. Søndagen i 2009 forandret alt.
At dawn on June 14, Asia and 25 other women went to work picking falsa berries, similar to blackcurrants, in a field owned by the village’s richest man Muhammad Idrees. She was paid 250 rupees (£1.50) a day.
That morning was a Sunday, so her husband had no work. She left the house quietly, with Ashiq, now 62, and the four children fast asleep on the large bed they all shared.
At midday, when the baking Punjab heat reached 110F (43C), Asia went to a nearby hand pump and returned with a bucket of water to share with her colleagues and a tin cup. Two sisters, Asma Bibi and Mafia Bibi (who aren’t related to Asia), turned on her, saying: ‘This cup was intended for Muslims, why did you take the water from it?’
They said she had made the water impure, because she was ‘chura’, a derogatory term which means ‘low-caste’, used for Christians.
The two sisters then urged Asia to convert to Islam, so she wouldn’t be chura any more – typical of the religious harassment she faced in Ittan Wali all her life.
For once, instead of remaining meekly silent, Asia stood her ground. She said she would not convert, and asked why she, not her co-workers, should change religion.
Det er tre millioner kristne i Pakistan av en totalbefolkning på 200 millioner. Det skjedde ikke noe mer den dagen og uken gikk uten uhell. Asia trodde det hadde blåst over. Så kom fredagen.
But on Friday, the Muslim religious day, Asia returned to work in the falsa fields, unaware that a mile away, the village imam, Qari Muhammad Salaam, was stirring up the villagers by announcing on the mosque loudspeakers that she had committed blasphemy.
The first she was aware of any trouble was hearing a low rumble of voices, then the terrifying chant: ‘Kill the Christian!’
She realised the men were coming for her and soon they appeared on a ridge. She had nowhere to run. In a panic, she stumbled, dizzy with fear, and a minute or so later felt hands roughly grab her arms and shoulders while another man fitted a leather noose around her neck.
Dette var en mobb, en lynsjemobb, slik det var i Sørstatene. Da ble svarte hengt eller brent og disse tilfellene trekkes stadig frem. Det er lenge siden, men kristne i Pakistan møter lynsjemobber i dag, og Vesten snur stort sett ryggen til.
At one point Asia begged for water but the crowd shouted: ‘No water for the Christian dog.’ Another voice added: ‘Drink urine!’ …
Witnesses said it was clear that villagers would have killed Asia but for the intervention of a teacher who argued that she should be handed to police.
Vil ha Asia drept
Da Sunday Mail kom på besøk lå fiendtligheten tykk.
And from the moment of our arrival, our every move was shadowed. It later emerged that villagers had been instructed to tip off police about any Western visitors.
We headed to the imam’s house, next to the mosque. A group of men in their early twenties followed our reporters and stood close by, staring, as we waited for the imam to answer the door. Eventually, a middle-aged man, dressed in a blue shalwar kameez, appeared and walked us to the mosque.
Imamen var vennlig til å begynne med, men da de nevnte Asias navn ble stemningen annerledes.
He seemed angry at Asia’s reprieve and warned ominously: ‘Everybody is prepared to sacrifice their lives for the respect of the Holy Prophet.’
Åtte år for å drikke fra samme kopp som muslimene var ikke nok. Hun skulle dø.
Joseph Nadim, a friend and guardian of Asia’s family, said that Britain should accept Asia as an asylum seeker, as there is a real danger against her life.
Mr Nadim said: ‘If she stays here longer, she will be killed. I am disappointed that they [the British Government] have not offered her asylum.’
Such is their fear for their safety, Asia’s youngest two daughters wear a niqab veil when they go out so they are not recognised. Isham, 19, and Isha, 23, have previously had to flee a restaurant after being jeered at by other diners.
Asia vil dra til Canada. Men det bør ikke bli glemt at Theresa May sa nei.
Hun fikk beskjed fra embetsmennene at britiske diplomater i Pakistan ville være utsatt hvis Storbritqannia tok imot Asia. Innenriksminister Sajid Javid var sterkt uenig, men May valgte å lytte til embetsmennene.
Så langt er utviklingen gått i Storbritannia.
Truslene slutter ikke selv om regjeringen bøyer unna. To kjente politikere måtte bøte med livet i Pakistan.
The issue has torn the country apart and two politicians who supported Asia have been assassinated. Punjab governor Salman Taseer was killed by his own bodyguard in January 2011. Three months later, Shahbaz Bhatti, the Minister for Minorities, himself a Christian, was killed by militants.
Ettergivenhet oppilder islamistene.