Assistance provided in Blasphemy Cases year 2012

Aasia Bibi, resident of Chak No. 3 Itanwali, District Nankana Sahib, was maliciously implicated in blasphemy allegations. CLAAS carried a fact finding and according to the details Aasia Noreen wife of Ashiq Masih was working in a fruit garden owned by Addris s/o Ahmad Ali. Aasia was the only Christian women working in the fruit garden. Her co-workers Asma d/o Abdul Sitar, Mafia d/o Abdul Sitar and Yasmeen d/o Allah Rakha often showed their discriminatory behaves towards her but Aasia always ignored their attitude but shared her difficulties to her husband accordingly. Aasia was the head of the working women in the fruit garden and obviously her co-workers had jealousy about her. On June 14th, 2009 the day of incident her co-workers had argued over a minor issue with her over passing a glass of water during their lunch break. On June 18th, 2009 her co-workers complained to their local Imam Masjid (prayer leader of local mosque) Sadique Akbar against Aasia Bibi for committing blasphemy by making derogatory remarks against the Holy Prophet. The prayer leader instigate the locals for violence and resultantly on June 19th , 2009 hundreds of enraged protesters gathered and went to the fruit garden and started beating severely. A fake case FIR # 326/09 offence under section 295-C of the PPC was registered on June 19, 2009 at Police Station Saddar Nankana Sahib by the complaint of Qari Muhammad Salam. CLAAS provided her legal assistance and also financially helped her family. On July 07, 2009 CLAAS applied her post arrest bail in the court of Mohammad Naveed Iqbal ASJ, (Additional Sessions Judge), Nankana Sahib. On July 14, 2009 the post arrest bail of Asia Bibi was canceled. On August 05, 2009 the family changed their counsel and the CLAAS legal advisor stopped the legal proceeding in this case. On October 29, 2010 Additional Session Judge Muhammad Naveed Iqbal gave order for her death sentence and confined her to District Jail Sheikhpura. On December 24, 2011 CLAAS team visited to Aasia Bibi in the District Jail Sheikhpura and she requested for legal aid assistance for her case against her appeal for death sentence. On September 12, 2012 CLAAS met with Aasia lawyer S.K Chaudhry Advocate High Court and he agreed to work together for the protection and release of victim Asia Bibi. On September 18, 2012 CLAAS has signed power of attorney to Aasia Bibi in District Jail Sheikhpura. CLAAS has taken the case again and paid the legal fee of her case to Mr. S.K Chaudhry (Asia Bibi’s lawyer) and CLAAS legal team in December 2012 and waiting for the appropriate time of hearing in this sensitive and special case.