Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi has arrived in Canada, lawyer confirms
Asia Bibi, a Christian woman who was acquitted by the Supreme Court in a blasphemy case last year, has left Pakistan, and arrived in Canada.
“Asia Bibi has left the country. She is a free person and travelled on her independent will,” DawnNewsTV‘s source said.
Aasia Bibi was acquitted of blasphemy charges by the Supreme Court on October 31, 2018, after spending nine years in jail on death row. The ruling sparked country-wide protests by religio-political groups. Qari Salam, the complainant in the case, filed a petition seeking review of the judgement in January this year, which the Supreme Court dismissed on merit.
She has been separated from her family and living in safe houses since the 2018 overturning of the sentence. Her children were already in Canada.
After she was released from a Multan women’s prison on November 7 last year, she was flown to Islamabad via special aircraft, and then taken to an undisclosed location amid tight security.
The authorities remained tight-lipped about her movement and whereabouts for security reasons.
Now, she has finally arrived in Canada, and joined her family.