It's not anything new. In fact, I mentioned it in the past. And, asked people to pray for a fellow Christian who had been falsely accused and convicted of blasphemy.
Asia Bibi tried to use some water, while she was working with Muslims. The Muslim women were angry and held it against her, for they didn't want anyone who wasn't Muslim to drink water from the same well.
She was falsely accused of insulting the Muslim women she was working with, was arrested and was imprisoned. In court, she was convicted and sentenced to death.
In case you don't believe me, or if you haven't recalled me asking you to pray for Asia Bibi, please click on this link, so you can read the article Wikipedia posted entitled, Asia Bibi blasphemy case: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asia_Bibi_blasphemy_case.
Hopefully, you clicked on the link and read the article. If you didn't, then I will copy/paste a bit of what was stated:
The Asia Bibi blasphemy case involves a Pakistani Christian woman, Aasiya Noreen (born c. 1971; better known as Asia Bibi),[a] convicted of blasphemy by a Pakistani court, receiving a sentence of death by hanging in 2010. In June 2009, Noreen was involved in an argument with a group of Muslim women with whom she had been harvesting berries after the other women grew angry with her for drinking the same water as them. She was subsequently accused of insulting the Islamic prophet Muhammad, a charge she denies, and was arrested and imprisoned. In November 2010, a Sheikhupura judge sentenced her to death. If executed, Noreen would be the first woman in Pakistan to be lawfully killed for blasphemy.
The verdict, which was reached in a district court and would need to be upheld by a superior court, has received worldwide attention. Various petitions, including one that received 400,000 signatures, were organized to protest Noreen's imprisonment, and Pope Benedict XVI publicly called for the charges against her to be dismissed. She received less sympathy from her neighbors and Islamic religious leaders in the country, some of whom adamantly called for her to be executed. Christian minorities minister Shahbaz Bhatti and Muslim politician Salmaan Taseer were both assassinated for advocating on her behalf and opposing the blasphemy laws. Noreen's family went into hiding after receiving death threats, some of which threatened to kill Asia if released from prison.
It also stated (I copied/pasted):
Noreen denied that she had committed blasphemy and said that she had been accused by her neighbor to "settle an old score". In November 2010, Muhammed Naveed Iqbal, a judge at the court of Sheikhupura, Punjab, sentenced her to death by hanging. Additionally, a fine of the equivalent of $1,100 was imposed. With the verdict, she became the first woman condemned to death in Pakistan on blasphemy charges. Noreen described the day of her sentencing as follows:
Noreen's husband, Ashiq Masih, 51 years old at the time, announced that he planned to appeal the verdict, which has to be upheld by the Lahore High Court. A month later, Salmaan Taseer, the governor of Punjab who investigated the affair for the President Asif Ali Zardari, stated that Noreen would most likely be pardoned if the High Court did not suspend the sentence. Zardari was poised to grant pardon but Lahore High Court issued a stay order against potential Presidential pardon, which remains in force till date. Court transcripts show numerous inconsistencies in the evidence presented and reporters say they dare not repeat Bibi's testimony lest they also be accused of blasphemy.
Noreen was put in solitary confinement in an 8-by-10-foot (2.4 m × 3.0 m) cell without windows at the Lahore prison. Before his assassination, Taseer visited her at the jail several times with his wife, Aamna, and daughter, Shehrbano, though Pakistani court officials later ruled that she could be visited only by her husband and lawyer. Khalid Sheikh, the prison superintendent, said that while he wanted her to be treated "like any other prisoner", she had to be kept away from other inmates for her own well-being, as other individuals accused of blasphemy had been killed while in prison. Out of concern that she could be poisoned, prison officials began giving Noreen raw materials to cook her own food. The Masihi Foundation, a human rights group, described her physical condition as "very frail", and her health was reported to be in decline due to poor living conditions at the jail. She has also been threatened by other inmates and subjected to physical abuse from prison guards.
According to Human Rights Watch, Noreen's situation is not unusual. Though no one has been executed for blasphemy yet in Pakistan, the accused often remain imprisoned for an extensive amount of time while the case is being processed. In May 2014, Noreen's appeal hearing was delayed for the fifth time.
There's something else you need to know about, if you couldn't read the article. I'm sharing it with you (I copied/pasted):
Assassinations of Taseer and Bhatti
On 4 January 2011, at Kohsar Market of Islamabad, the governor of Punjab, Salmaan Taseer, was assassinated by Malik Mumtaz Hussein Qadri, a 26-year-old member of his security team, because of his defence of Noreen and opposition to the blasphemy law. (Mumtaz Qadri was sentenced to death for the assassination and hanged on 29 February 2016.) Taseer was outspoken in his criticism of the law and the verdict in Noreen's case. The next day, thousands turned up for the governor's funeral in Lahore in spite of warnings by the Taliban and some clerics, while a portion of the Pakistani population also praised Qadri as a hero; thousands of Sunni Muslims rallied in support of the blasphemy laws in Pakistan after the murder, and 500 Barelvi clerics prohibited their followers from sending condolences to the family of Taseer. This resulted in concerns that the public was becoming tolerant of extremists.
Prison officials said that Noreen "wept inconsolably" on learning of Taseer's assassination while repeatedly saying, "That man came here and he sacrificed his life for me." Father Andrew Nisari, a senior Catholic Spokesperson in Lahore, described the situation as "utter chaos". Seven months later, Taseer's 28-year-old son, Shahbaz, was kidnapped. Shahbahz was later found or released in March 2016, and he returned to Lahore on 9 March after five years in captivity.
Minority Affairs Minister Shahbaz Bhatti said that he was first threatened with death in June 2010 when he was told that he would be beheaded if he attempted to change the blasphemy laws. In response, he told reporters that he was "committed to the principle of justice for the people of Pakistan" and willing to die fighting for Noreen's release. On 2 March 2011, Bhatti was shot dead by gunmen who ambushed his car near his residence in Islamabad, presumably because of his position on the blasphemy laws. He had been the only Christian member of Pakistan's cabinet.
To me, this is truly an awful situation that Asia Bibi experienced. And, it's terrible that she's been threatened to be murdered, even though she was released from prison. Plus, it was truly awful that those two (2) men were also murdered by Muslims.
Just so you know, the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) had worked to have Asia Bibi receive appeals to have her removed from prison. I praise God that it happened! Yes, she was released from prison!
However, as I mentioned previously, she has been threatened to be murdered by Muslims, who are upset that she was released from prison.
To me, it's awful that people refuse to accept what I try to educate people about Islam. It seems like so many people want to hate us Christians, yet accept Muslims, even though they live a very different life, due to what they are taught by their god, and their imams (ministers/pastors).
Please... accept what I write regarding Islam. Accept the truth that Sharia Law should never be allowed in any countries, for whenever it exists, Muslims will be hateful and hurtful to anyone who isn't Islamic.
Please... realize that I am not lying to you. I'm speaking truth.
By doing this, I am loved by God. I am delightful to Him.
Just as we read, in Proverbs 12:22, "Lying lips are abomination to the : but they that deal truly are his delight.".
Amen! Lying lips are abomination to the : but they that deal truly are his delight.
Please, join me in prayer.
Please, pray that Asia Bibi will not be executed.
Please, pray that Muslims and anyone who isn't yet a born again Christian will trust in/believe upon our Lord, Jesus Christ, for when they do, they will gain salvation and everlasting life.
Please, pray that people will accept truth.
Thank you, for joining me in prayer.
May God bless you.
Until next time...
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