News by email Donate

Suggestions

Top Stories

Most Read

Popular Videos

Asia-Bibi-2-main_article_image.jpg
World News

Government fears violence if Asia Bibi is granted UK asylum

The permanent secretary of the Foreign Office told MPs on Tuesday evening that desires to protect victims of religious persecution had to be weighed up against risks facing British personnel.

Speaking to the Foreign Affairs Committee, Sir Simon McDonald said: "I am advising that we can be consistent with our fundamental policy aims, whilst at the same time protecting the security of our staff."

The diplomat added that the UK is willing to work with other countries to ensure Ms Bibi reaches a "safe harbour".

But the Conservative MP, Tom Tugendhat who serves as chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee warned failure to offer sanctuary risked allowing UK foreign policy to be dictated by "the mob".

He asked Sir McDonald whether the episode "does not raise the question that either staff should be withdrawn or security or otherwise UK policy is effectively dictated to by a mob?"

Wikimedia Commons/Usman.pg

Prior to her acquittal at the Supreme Court in Pakistan last month, Ms Bibi had been on death row for eight years after being convicted of insulting Islam's prophet Mohammad.

Under an agreement struck between the country's government and hard-line Islamist, she is being prevented from leaving the country, pending a review of the judges' decision.

Stay up to date with the latest news stories from a Christian perspective. Sign up to our daily newsletter and receive more stories like this straight to your inbox every morning.

Continue the conversation on our Facebook page

A Monthly Gift Of £5 Makes A World Of Difference

In a world of fake news there’s never been a greater need for quality Christian journalism. Premier’s mission is to provide the Church with the most up to date and relevant news, told from a Christian perspective. But we can’t do it without you.

Unlike many websites we haven't put up a paywall — we want to keep our journalism free at the point of need and as open as we can. Premier’s news output takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. No one in the UK is sharing news like we are across radio, magazines and online so please help us to continue that today.

For a monthly gift of £5 or more we’d also be able to send you a free copy of the brand new Premier Bible, a wonderful Anglicised version of the NLT packed with exclusive bonus content, reading plan and resources to help you get the most out of scripture.

Your monthly support will make a world of difference. Thank you.

Set up a monthly gift

Related Articles

Sign up to our newsletter to stay informed with news from a Christian perspective.

Connect

Donate

Donate