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Aasia Bibi can travel anywhere inside Pakistan or abroad: Foreign Office

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Published on February 04, 2019 with No Comments

Daughters of Asia Bibi in Canada?

The daughters of Pakistani Christian woman Asia Bibi, whose blasphemy case spotlighted religious extremism in her country, could now be in Canada. Pakistani media had earlier claimed the children had already fled to Canada, and speculation was rampant that she would seek asylum in North America or Europe.

Christian woman Aasia Bibi, who was acquitted by Pakistan’s Supreme Court in a blasphemy case, has the right to travel anywhere inside the country or abroad, the Foreign Office has said.

A three-member Bench headed by Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa and comprising Justice Qazi Faez Isa and Justice Mazhar Alam Miankhel threw out a petition seeking to review the apex court’s decision to acquit 47-year-old Bibi. Foreign Office spokesperson Mohammad Faisal said that Bibi can travel inside Pakistan or make a foreign visit as she has been cleared from all charges from the highest court of the law.

 “Based on merit, this review petition is dismissed,” Chief Justice Khosa told a hearing at the apex court, which overturned Asia Bibi’s death sentence for blasphemy last year. Bibi may leave Pakistan shortly as there are threats to her life. She has been in protective custody and the government has refused to disclose her whereabouts. 

 

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