U.S. President Donald Trump should “absolutely” grant asylum to Asia Bibi, the Christian mother of five acquitted by the Pakistani Supreme Court of a 2010 death penalty conviction for blasphemy against Islam, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) told Breitbart News this week.
Echoing the Kentucky Republican, human rights groups like Amnesty International have determined that Muslims often use Pakistan’s controversial blasphemy law, which can carry a punishment of life in prison or death, to target Christians and other members of religious minority groups in the Muslim-majority country.
In Pakistan, “Christians are very much beleaguered and so are Hindus,” Sen. Paul told Breitbart News.
Paul and Chris Coons (D-DE) introduced a resolution in April calling on Pakistan “to release Aasiya Noreen, internationally known as Asia Bibi, and reform its religiously intolerant laws regarding blasphemy.”
The bipartisan resolution introduced by Paul and Coons in April urges Islamabad to “ensure that [Bibi], her family, and her legal counsel are afforded all necessary measures to ensure their safety.”