Pakistani Prime Minister Says Asia Bibi Will Finally Be Released


4/17/2019 Adam Ford -- Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has announced that Asia Bibi, the Catholic mother sentenced to death after being falsely accused of blasphemy nine years ago, will soon leave Pakistan to be reunited with her children.

Speaking to reporters in Islamabad, Prime Minister Khan said that “she will leave Pakistan in a couple of weeks.”

Bibi’s husband has been with her since her acquittal. Her children, however, have been in Canada for some time, desperate to be reunited with their mother, who has been imprisoned for almost a decade. The entire family has been granted asylum in Canada.

Despite being acquitted of capital blasphemy charges six months ago and being granted asylum, Bibi's release has thus far been delayed due to unclear circumstances involving imminent threats to her life on the part of Islamists, and the Pakistani government seeking assurances that she would not speak ill of them once freed.

"There is a little bit of a complication. And I can't speak on the media about [it]," PM Khan said. "But I can assure you she is safe and she will be leaving in weeks."

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