U.S. propelled democracy in Afghanistan has its limitations. and it was evident in the "Afghan convert case".
That the case didnt take a violent turn must be due to backdoor pressure and behind the scenes diplomacy.
Read an article about the case above.
Democracy in Afghanistan is just taking shape, and there arent going to be pretty roses for anyone to see. Also the legacy of the Taliban age plus the hardline remnants of Taliban warlords who are ironically now part of the government machinery havent made it an easy journey for freedom to propagate.
Complete with a backward and illiterate society and hardline Shariat laws banning conversion of Muslims in that country to another religion is punishable by death. Even if this man's life was spared under international pressure, his life is still in danger in that country from people who think they are law unto themselves.
no wonder the fellow has applied for asylum!