Various discussions involving the rolling on the Pakistan woman emerged with most of the discussion triggering a lot of questions. Some of the questions that needed a lot of attention are as to whether the Islamic law, shariah should be the one to be blamed for the injustices that happened to the Muslim women and innocent children or rather its inflexible execution and whether the shariah law can embrace the needs of non-religious issues.
Laws concerning the blasphemy and in particular their usefulness in the politics which lead to the death sentence of Asia Bibi triggered conversations in a conference concerning Shariah, its segregation and secularism. This happened in November 25 in London. Globally, the trending news is all about Bibi, a Pakistani woman that was set free by the Pakistan Supreme Court after being accused of blasphemy. Bibi’s husband had earlier in the beginning of this month sought for the protection of his wife and family from various states in Europe which included the United Kingdom.
However, Britain was unwilling to offer asylum for them in order to avoid disrupting the peace of the religions within the country. Despite the release of Bibi from prison, she can still not move to another country due to the fact that staunch Islamic followers are protecting against her release with those angered legal campaigners, including solicitors in Prestwich, challenging the decision by filling a petition to revisit the ruling.
Saif ul Mulook, Bibi’s lawyer was also at the very centre of the discussion following his immediate move to Netherlands just after the ruling was made. Bibi has been in the cells for approximately 10 years. Bibi’s lawyer congratulated the constitution of Pakistan for upholding equality to all citizens both Christians and Muslims. He also quoted article 25 of the constitutions that assures all citizens to be treated equally. Saif also shared his experience when he was a child on how both Christians and Muslims lived in harmony. He was praised by a standing ovation due to his hard work and efforts to ensure Bibi gets justice.
The activists and people who attended the conversation advocated for Bibi to be given asylum by the British government out of compassion. More so, they suggested for the removal of laws that hindered freedom of expression and moral sense. On the 10th anniversary of one law for all campaign that was planned by Maryam Namazie in attendance of others requested for all people to be treated equally without considering their religion, or on different matters like inheritance, a move that is against the laws in Europe. This campaign was also spearheaded by Jasmine Rehman who was a leader in the campaign mostly condemning the authorities in Britain for grouping migrants as bad or good.
Concerning the interpretation of Shariah, the British government dismissed a report regarding controlling of laws in shariah courts. The director of the centre for secular space organisation Gida Saghal condemned the British for passing the law about dual divorce for the Muslims in Britain that was against Muslim laws. This was just but along many other issues condemned.
The final decision made at the conference was to classify the condemnations of both the chauvinist policies, as well as where the religious laws are universal contradictors of human rights.