Pak’s Asia Bibi could be granted asylum in Canada

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This week PM Justin Trudeau indicated for the first time that talks were underway with the Pakistani government over the fate of Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman whose acquittal on blasphemy charges against Islam last month roiled that country.

It may be recalled that Asia Bibi spent eight years on death row before being acquitted by Pakistan’s Supreme Court, but she continues to remain in protective custody because her life is in danger. Bibi‘s husband Ashiq Masih reached out for help to Britain, Canada, Italy and the United States.

Islamists have threatened to escalate protests in Pakistan if Bibi is permitted to leave the country. The government has indicated it will bar her from traveling abroad.

Last week, Canada urged Pakistan to ensure Bibi‘s well-being and Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said the government was “extremely engaged in this issue.”

Islamists shut down roads in major cities in Pakistan during three days of demonstrations against Bibi‘s acquittal at the end of last month.

Bibi‘s lawyer, Saiful Mulook has already fled the country over fears for his own life. -CINEWS

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