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Ireland to open doors to Asia Bibi

Dublin, Nov 17 (IECurrentAffairs) While UK continues to dilly-dally over granting asylum status due to fear of a backlash of Pakistani immigrants in the country, Ireland is keen to open its doors to Pakistani Christian woman Asia Bibi.

Asia Bibi was recently acquitted by the Supreme Court in Pakistan in case of alleged blasphemy against Islam and Prophet Muhammad for which she faced the death penalty.

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney told Ireland’s media that he had discussed the issue with the country’s Justice Minister, Charlie Flanagan.“Ireland would like to help,” he said, adding that it would have to be done in such a way that it doesn’t put people in danger.

“We would certainly like to be of assistance if we could be and so if there is a request we would respond favourably and appropriately to ensure the safety of someone who is clearly in danger in their own country,” he said.

Religious fundamentalist organisations have opposed through nationwide protests the decision of the Supreme Court and are expected to challenge the Supreme Court order.

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