One News Now has previously reported on the case of Shafqat Emmanuel and his wife, Shagufta Kausar, who were jailed separately for nearly eight years and sentenced to death for blasphemy against Mohammed.
"They can instigate violence. They can instigate lynching, especially when the accusation is against a religious minority like a Christian," Stark explains. "So in this particular case, as in many cases when blasphemy gets overturned in Pakistan, the safety of both Shafqat and Shagufta and their extended family members is still under threat."
Though some Muslims in the country understand the law is being misapplied against Christians, Stark says the best option for the couple right now is to seek asylum in a country that respects religious freedom.
"Unfortunately you have within Pakistani society fundamentalists and extremists who take basically this line that any criticism of the blasphemy law itself is actually considered blasphemy as well," the ICC spokesman details.
So he urges the nations in the free world to continue applying pressure to Pakistan and countries with similar laws to overturn those measures and give religious minorities a fair shake within their borders.