Tag: Asia Bibi
A foreign ministry spokesman says Asia Bibi left the country 'at her own will'.
Asia Bibi who has faced persecution in Muslim majority Pakistan has left the country.
Pakistan's Supreme Court Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa said the review petition has been dismissed based on merit.
Bibi was on death row for eight years for blasphemy, a hugely sensitive charge.
The conviction stemmed from a 2009 incident when Bibi was asked to fetch water while out working in the fields bu Muslim women labourers objected to her touching the water bowl as a non-Muslim, and a fight reportedly erupted.
Islamabad denies media reports that Asia Bibi had left the country.
Saif-ul-Malook, who has fled to the Netherlands, said he contacted a United Nations official in Islamabad after Islamist violence erupted following the Pakistani Supreme Court's acquittal of Asia Bibi on Wednesday.
Cleric Khadim Hussain Rizvi's Tehreek-e-Labbaik (TLP) party blocked off roads for three days last week and threatened the Supreme Court judges who acquitted Asia Bibi - urging their cooks and servants to kill them.
Khan has vowed to confront extremists who called for the assassination of the country’s Supreme Court justices, and for mutiny against the army’s top brass, after the acquittal of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman on death row for blasphemy.
Wednesday's acquittal of the illiterate mother represented a rare victory for the community -- with Christians in Pakistan's capital Islamabad hailing the Supreme Court's decision.
The allegations against Bibi date back to 2009, when she was working in a field and was asked to fetch water. Muslim women she was labouring with allegedly objected, saying that as a non-Muslim she was unfit to touch the water bowl.
Asia Bibi, a mother of five, has been on death row since 2010, when Pope Benedict XVI joined in international calls for her release.