Asia Bibi gets asylum in Canada

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Asia Bibi, a Christian woman who spent eight years on death row in Pakistan for blasphemy, is moving to Canada after accepting an offer of asylum by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The news comes after Pakistan’s Supreme Court rejected a challenge to the acquittal of the mother-of-five on blasphemy charges, after she was accused of insulting the Prophet Mohammed.

The Supreme Court upheld its decision to overturn Asia Bibi’s conviction and death sentence sparking fears of civil unrest which plagued her release last year.

Bibi is expected to land in Canada this week to join two of her daughters, who were secretly flown out earlier this month.

Canadian diplomats are in the process of making the necessary arrangements. According to reports she will relocate to a remote part of the country over safety concerns.

Her life even here in Canada remains in potential danger.

Bibi, a farm labourer, was released from prison two months ago after Pakistan’s highest court acquitted her in a landmark decision.

Last month a delegation from the British Pakistani Christian Association visited Canada and garnered support from MPs there, who said they would welcome Asia and her family to the country.

The Trudeau government has the support of Canada’s opposition Conservative Party, who have urged him to “use every mechanism at his disposal to offer the Bibi family asylum”. -CINEWS

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