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Pakistan, Canada initiate talks on granting ‘political asylum’ to Asia Bibi

Islamabad, Nov 14 (IECurrentAffairs) The government of Pakistan and Canada are in talks with each other to work towards a solution to provide ‘political asylum’ to Asia Bibi.

The confirmation of talks between the two governments on the issue came after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday said his government was talking to Pakistan over potentially offering asylum to Asia Bibi.

“We are in discussions with the Pakistani government,” Trudeau had said in an interview to AFP in Paris.

“There is a delicate domestic context that we respect which is why I don’t want to say any more about that, but I will remind people Canada is a welcoming country,” he said.

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi discussed Asia Bibi, recently released from prison following her acquittal over blasphemy conviction by the Supreme Court, in a phone call with his Canadian counterpart on Monday, Foreign Office (FO) Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal confirmed on Tuesday.

Aasia Bibi has been ‘taken under protection’ by the Pakistani state after the overturning of her conviction prompted a wave of protests by religio-political groups.

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