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Pak blasphemy convict Aasia Bibi tortured in jail by warden: Sources

Lahore, Wed, 12 Oct 2011 ANI

Lahore, Oct 12(ANI): Aasia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman sentenced to death on blasphemy charges, has allegedly been tortured by a staffer of Sheikhupura jail.


Aasia Bibi, who has been the subject of much controversy, has been detained in a special cell in Sheikhupura jail due to severe security threats.


The warden of the jail, identified as Khadeeja, "tortured" Aasia Bibi after alleging that certain prohibited items were found in her cell, The Express Tribune reported, attributing to sources familiar with the matter.


The sources said that other staff members who were present during the incident acted as silent spectators.


Despite having knowledge of the incident, the Deputy Superintendent of Sheikhupura Jail, Ghafoor Anjum, has not taken any action against the staffer who was responsible for the incident, according to the report.


However, Superintendent Sheikh Khalid Pervaiz later suspended Khadeeja, and an inquiry into the incident has been initiated, sources added.


An intelligence agency has also sent a report regarding the incident to its provincial headquarters after recording Aasia Bibi's statement.


In its report, the agency stated that the episode happened due to the negligence of the jail administration, and feared that the matter might go out of hand.


In 2010, Aasia Bibi, a resident of Nankana Sahib in Punjab, was sentenced to death by a Sessions Court following an incident in which an altercation took place between her and her co-workers over the issue of fetching water from the fields.


The case has received worldwide attention, with Pope Benedict XVI and leaders from around the world urging that the Christian woman be released. (ANI)


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