Canadian PM says in talks with Pakistan over Asia Bibi

Pakistani protesters burn a poster image of Christian woman Aasia Bibi in Hyderabad Pakistan. Pakistan's government struggling with a crisis surrounding Bibi — a Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy charges aft

"Foreign Minister Qureshi said Asia Bibi is our national and Pakistan fully respects her legal rights", ministry spokesman Mohammad Faisal said on social network Twitter.

The confirmation about official contact by Canada about Bibi was made by Pakistan after Canadain Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said, "We are in discussions with the Pakistani government".

In a recent interview, Trudeau expressed that there was a delicate domestic context that Canda respects, which is why 'I don't want to say any more about that, but I will remind people Canada is a welcoming country, '.

The former foreign secretary Boris Johnson has called on his predecessor Jeremy Hunt today to grant Asia Bibi asylum in the United Kingdom, to which Stihler responded: "It's not often that I agree with Boris Johnson these days, with Brexit and everything, but on this issue about Asia Bibi I think fundamentally the foreign secretary should be wholeheartedly behind granting her asylum in our country and ensure that she can live a free and full life".

Her husband, Ashiq Masih has recently pleaded to British Prime Minister Theresa May to support the transportation of his wife from Pakistan to England, further pushing the case to the surface of media attention.

She has since been shackled to death row after the Supreme Court of Pakistan ruled her as flawed and hard-line protestors campaigned fiercely for her public execution.

Bibi, the 53-year-old Catholic remains in hiding under state protection as her release attracted angry protests from hardline religious groups who urge to hang her.

She has been flown to a safe place, but the Pakistani government has been forced to deny she has left the country after doctored photographs emerged.

"People can even be killed because of such fake postings", Chaudhry said.

Her lawyer, Saif ul Malook, who has fled to the Netherlands following the violent TLP-led protests in Pakistan, told the BBC on Tuesday that Asia was yet to be offered a visa to any Western country, which remained the only impediment to her ability to leave Pakistan safely.

The nightmare for Ms Bibi began in a field where she was harvesting falsa berries in June 2009.

Muslim women labourers objected, saying that as a non-Muslim, she should not touch the water bowl, and reportedly a fight erupted.

She was jailed in 2010 for allegedly insulting Prophet Mohammed, with prosecutors sentencing her to death, though this was overruled, and the woman was finally freed in October after spending eight years in solitary confinement.

TLP supporters closed roads in major cities in Pakistan during three days of demonstrations against Bibi's acquittal at the end of last month.



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