Asia Bibi leaves Pakistan ‘for Canada’ to Join her Family, after blasphemy acquittal

Asia Bibi leaves Pakistan for Canada Asia Bibi who spent years on death row in Pakistan on a blasphemy charge, has moved to Canada to join her family, according to her lawyer. Bibi and her family had to stay in hiding even after she was released.

There were reports that some of her family members are in Canada, now it has been officially confirmed that she has left for Canada.

Bibi was convicted of blasphemy and sentenced to death in 2010 by a trial court. She later moved the Lahore High Court against the execution sentence, however, the court had upheld the verdict.

“The United States welcomes the news that Asia Bibi has safely reunited with her family,” Pompeo said in a statement. “Asia Bibi is now free, and we wish her and her family all the best following their reunification.”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau declined to confirm whether she has arrived in Canada.
“There are sensitive privacy issues and security issues on this and so I can’t comment,” Trudeau told reporters outside parliament.

However, UK Prime Minister Theresa May appeared to confirm she had gone to Canada: “Canada made this offer and we thought it was right and appropriate that we supported the offer that Canada had made,” May said.

Asia Bibi, who was born in 1971 and has four children, was the first woman to be sentenced to death under the blasphemy laws.

She was originally convicted in 2010 after being accused of insulting the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in a row with her neighbours, and spent eight years on death row.

She has always maintained her innocence. Her conviction was overturned last year by the Supreme Court of Pakistan.

Earlier, her lawyer Saif-ul-Malook claimed that Asia’s two daughters left Pakistan in secret and flew to Canada in December last year after accepting an offer of asylum by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Ottawa is a leading contender to give the whole family asylum.