Asia Bibi arrives in Canada after leaving Pakistan: Report

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India May 08, 2019, 04.24 PM(IST)

File photo of Asia Bibi with the Pakistani politician Salman Taseer. Photograph:( Reuters )

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Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman who spent eight years on death row over false blasphemy charges, has flown to Canada where she has reunited with her family, media reported said quoting her lawyer.

Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman who spent eight years on death row over false blasphemy charges, has flown to Canada where she has reunited with her family, media reported said quoting her lawyer.

"I have inquired within available channels, and according to them she has left for Canada," reported news agency Reuters earlier quoting Bibi's lawyer, Saif Ul Malook.

Pakistani TV channels Geo and ARY, citing unidentified sources, also reported Bibi had left the country.

Earlier Bibi left the country, her lawyer and media said on Wednesday, more than six months after she was acquitted by Pakistan's top court.

Bibi's release in October sparked rioting by hardline Islamists, who rejected the Supreme Court's verdict and warned Prime Minister Imran Khan's government that she must not be allowed to leave the country.

They also called for Bibi, who has been staying at an undisclosed location under tight security, to be killed.

In November, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his country was in talks with Pakistan about helping Bibi.

Bibi, a farm worker and a mother of four, was convicted in 2010 of making derogatory remarks about Islam after neighbours working in the fields with her objected to her drinking water from their glass because she was not Muslim.

Her case has outraged Christians worldwide and been a source of division within Pakistan, where two politicians who sought to help her were assassinated, including Punjab province governor Salman Taseer, who was shot by his own bodyguard.

(With inputs from Reuters)