An Islamic cleric who advises the British government in an official capacity supported Asia Bibi’s death by hanging for “blasphemy” against the Prophet Muhammad.
An investigation by The Daily Mail found that an Islamic Imam who serves as the British government’s “Islamophobia adviser” supported the death penalty for a woman convicted of breaking Islamic blasphemy laws.
“Qari Asim, who is part of an 11-strong panel assembled by the Communities Department, supported preacher Khadim Rizvi, who demanded the death penalty for Asia Bibi, who was falsely accused of insulting the Prophet Muhammad,” according to the report.
Bibi spent nine years on death row in Pakistan before being acquitted in October. A group run by the Islamic preacher Rizvi called Tehreek-e-Labbaik reportedly whipped up nationwide protests against Bibi, demanding that she be hanged for her alleged crimes.
“Rizvi also endorsed the actions of Tanveer Ahmed, a British extremist who killed a shopkeeper in Glasgow, Asad Shah, because he belonged to a ‘heretical’ Muslim sect known as the Ahmadis,” the report said. “After the murder in 2016, Rizvi praised Ahmed in his preachings, hailing him as a ‘ghazi’, or ‘warrior.’”
All of this brutality is openly supported by Asim, who advises the British government in an official capacity against “Islamaphobia.”
He reportedly “issued a statement on his Facebook page in November 2017 in solidarity with [Rizvi],” when the preacher was campaigning to have Bibi hanged for her alleged blasphemy.
According to Pamela Geller and The Geller Report, the British government has refused to offer Bibi asylum.