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Asia Bibi released from prison but still in Pakistan

Islamabad, Nov 7 (IECurrentAffairs) Christian woman Asia Bibi has been released from jail but continues to remain in Pakistan.

Asia Bibi was acquitted of blasphemy by the Supreme Court of Pakistan after spending eight years on death row, has been freed from prison.

Last week’s Supreme Court ruling sparked violent protests from Islamists and the government agreed to their demand to stop her leaving Pakistan.

The case is highly sensitive and Information Minister Fawad Hussein said journalists had been “extremely irresponsible” in reporting she had left the country without official confirmation.

Those reports were based on comments from her lawyer, Saiful Malook, who is seeking asylum in the Netherlands after facing death threats.

Asia Bibi’s husband had said they were in danger and pleaded for asylum. A number of Western countries are understood to have held discussions with Asia Bibi’s family about granting them asylum.

 

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