”Pakistan is my homeland, I love my country, I love my soil,” Aasia Bibi breaks silence on her ordeal
She expressed her views while talking to ''The Sunday Telegraph''.
The country owes Aasia Bibi an apology for taking away a decade of her life, keeping her entangled in a fabricated blasphemy case, motivated by personal rivalry. She was acquitted by Pakistan’s Supreme Court (SC) on 31st October.
After her acquittal, she breaks her silence for the first time while speaking to an international reporting source, The Sunday Telegraph. Aasia Bibi thanked the top court for her fair trial and also showed her gratitude for the international activists for raising voice for her.
Speaking to the said source, Aasia tells that she felt herself drowning in the pit of hopelessness and desperation multiple times when she was languishing in jail. Thanking SC for its role in her case, she said that many others are awaiting free trial as well.
“Sometimes I was so disappointed and losing courage I used to wonder whether I was coming out of jail or not, what would happen next, whether I would remain here all my life,” Aasia bibi expressed.
“When my daughters visited me in jail, I never cried in front of them, but when they went after meeting me in jail, I used to cry alone filled with pain and grief. I used to think about them all the time, how they are living.”
Aasia spent eight years on death row before she was acquitted last year. As her acquittal irked the Islamic hardliners, she was further kept in protective custody for another seven months and moved to an undisclosed safe location due to high-security risk.
“My heart was broken when I left that way without meeting my family. Pakistan is my country, Pakistan is my homeland, I love my country, I love my soil,” Aasia Bibi said.
Jan Figel, the European Union’s special envoy on religious freedom, played a significant role in Aasia’s freedom.
“Her story and the highly professional supreme court decision can serve as a base for reforms in Pakistan, which has a very outdated system of blasphemy legislation easily misused against neighbors and innocent people,” Figel said.
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