Foreign Office rejected rumors of Asia Bibi’s departure from country

Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Faisal on Thursday termed the reports regarding Asia Bibi’s departure from Pakistan as false.

Talking to media, he asserted that Asia is still present in Pakistan and has not travelled abroad after being freed from jail.

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Asia Bibi, who spent eight years on death row for blasphemy, was freed from Multan jail today, a week after her acquittal in a landmark case that triggered angry protests by Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP).

Her conviction was overturned by the Supreme Court last Wednesday, but she remained in prison as the government negotiated with TLP who blockaded major cities and demanded her immediate execution.

“She has been freed,” lawyer Saif-ul-Mulook said in a text message to AFP. “I have been told that she is on a plane but nobody knows where she will land.”

According to a civil aviation official, the aircraft which collected Bibi from jail is registered in Pakistan and is therefore obliged to land in Islamabad.

Following protests at last week’s ruling, the government agreed in a deal with protesters to impose a travel ban on Bibi, and not to challenge an appeal in the Supreme Court.

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