(AsiaNews) - "I am very happy for my daughter's liberation," said Misrek Masih,
Rimsha's father, as he spoke to AsiaNews.
"I am grateful from the bottom of my heart" for what the Catholic activists from
the APMA and Minister Paul Bhatti did, "working tirelessly for her release." The
mentally disabled girl was arrested in mid-August on blasphemy charges stemming
from allegations that she had desecrated pages of the Qur'an. This
morning an Islamabad court ordered her release on bail after reports surfaced
that an imam had fabricated accusations against her in order to ignite
hostilities against the local Christian community and take over their property.
After days of tensions and fear, the girl's family can prepare to celebrate her
release (after US$ 5,000 was posted for bail) and welcome her home.
to Paul Bhatti, special advisor to the prime minister for national harmony,
who, from a safe house, was instrumental in allowing us to talk to the girl's
are happy for the happy ending to the affair," an emotional Misrek said in whispering
voice. The same goes for the rest of the family, Rimsha's mother and sisters, especially
the youngest one, Neha who is seven. "We are very happy," she said repeatedly, "very
happy that my sister has come home."
he thinks back to what happened to his family, Misrek Masih said, "When I heard
about the charges, which led to flight of 600 Christian families living in the
suburb where we lived, my world collapsed. I was scared."
everything, the Catholic family's faith in Jesus helped him find some of his
lost sense of safety. Our "Hope and faith in Christ are strong," Rimsha's
father said. "He brought us salvation through the work of the minister and all
those who were actively involved in securing my daughter's freedom". Through Paul
Bhatti, "the charity of Jesus because a visible sign."
he sent a "special thanks" to all the activists and members of the All Pakistan Minorities
Alliance (APMA) who worked on his daughter's behalf.
The organisation, which was founded by the late Shahbaz
Bhatti, Pakistan's Minority Affairs minister who was killed by Muslim
extremists in March 2011, is currently headed by his Paul Bhatti.
Masih also expressed "A special thanks to the government of
Pakistan and the police" for what they did.
In this moment of joy, Paul Bhatti dedicated a moment
of reflection to his brother Shabbaz. "He is guiding my work," the special national
harmony advisor said. "He showed me the path to follow for this case to be
solved in a positive manner."
Besides praising the government and the police, the
Pakistani Catholic federal minister had some thoughts for all those in Italy
who support his action, like the "bishop of Vittorio Veneto
(Treviso province) and the Community of Sant'Egidio."