Chigwell campaigner petitions UK government to grant Pakistani mum asylum after death sentence overturned
PUBLISHED: 13:01 07 November 2018 | UPDATED: 16:49 07 November 2018
A Chigwell campaigner is calling on the UK government to grant asylum to Pakistani mum-of-five Asia Bibi accused of blasphemy.
Wilson Chowdhry, chairman of British Pakistani Christian Association (BCPA), has gained more than 5,000 signatures on a petition calling for the UK, among other nations, to grant refuge to Ms Bibi and her family.
In 2010, farm worker Ms Bibi, 47, was convicted of blasphemy following a row with other Muslim farm workers nine years ago and sentenced to death by hanging.
On Wednesday, October 31, she won her appeal against her conviction and death sentence.
But she remains stuck in prison for fear her life is in jeopardy.
Mr Chowdhry’s petition will be submitted to foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt if it reaches 20,000 signatures.
He said: “We believe Asia has been kept from her whole family for long enough and wish to appeal to all western nations to grant the entirety of Asia’s family asylum.”
Sign the petition at ipetitions.com/