The wife of Zafar Bhatti, the Christian pastor in Pakistan who last week was sentenced to life in prison under the country's controversial blasphemy laws, says her husband is being tortured every day.
"There have been numerous attempts to kill my husband — he is bullied everyday and he is not safe from inmates and prison staff alike. Every day I worry that I will receive word that he is dead, this worry is making me age very quickly," Nawab Bibi, 65, told British Pakistani Christian Association reporter Shamim Masih in an article published on Monday.
"I pray for him every day and when we meet we cry together and pray, seeking God's intervention. I know God will free him one day but ask for Christians across the world to pray for him and to challenge their governments to help him," Bibi added.
She insisted that her husband is a good man and a committed Christian, and saw his church grow despite "many Muslim people" who hated his success.
BPCA, which is raising money for Bibi as she battles to free her husband, explained that the couple's children have been forced to live with the wife's grandparents, as she can no longer afford to keep them.
Bhatti, who has been in Adiala Central Jail since 2012, was sentenced to life in prison on trumped up charges of sending "blasphemous" text messages from his mobile phone.
Legal advocacy group CLAAS, which is based in the United Kingdom and run by Christians from Pakistan, claimed last week that the court overlooked lack of evidence in the case, however.