Pakistan blasphemy case: Asia Bibi takes asylum in Canada

Aasia Bibi

"She should never have been imprisoned in the first place, let alone endure the constant threats to her life".

"Asia Bibi is now free, and we wish her and her family all the best following their reunification".

Two politicians have been assassinated in connection with Bibi's case, and she spent much of her time in prison in solitary confinement because of fears she could be attacked by a guard or another prisoner.

Pakistan's foreign ministry did not respond to requests for comment. The Supreme Court overturned her conviction past year, and she had been in protective custody since then.

Bibi's husband Ashiq Masih in a video message had appealed to the world leaders to help Asia leave Pakistan for her safety.

Riots ceased only after the government agreed to keep Bibi in the country and allow a review petition to be heard in court. The letter condemned the country's blasphemy laws and said that the signers would be "compelled to call on the European Commission to suspend all subsidies and trade preferences until the effective implementation of the Convention could be assured by the Government of Pakistan".

"I have inquired within available channels, and according to them, she has left for Canada", Bibi's lawyer, Saif Ul Malook told Reuters.

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No details have been revealed on Bibi's immediate whereabouts in Canada or where the family might establish a new home. "Now she finally travels to Canada to be reunited with her children".

The case has brought global attention to Pakistan's controversial blasphemy law, which carries an automatic death penalty.

An assassin murdered Salman Taseer, the governor of Punjab province, in 2011 for defending Bibi and criticizing the abuse of Pakistan's blasphemy laws.

She was in protective custody-staying at an undisclosed location under tight security-because her life was in danger. Millions visit a shrine dedicated to him in Islamabad every year.

Her reunion with her four daughters in Ottawa concludes a nine-year saga for the Roman Catholic farm laborer, from Ittanwala near Lahore, who was accused of insulting the Prophet Mohammed by a group of Muslim women following a row over a cup of water in June 2009.

In November, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his country was in talks with Pakistan about helping Ms Bibi.

Christians - who make up around 2% of the population - occupy one of the lowest rungs in class-obsessed Pakistani society, largely living in slums and working menial jobs as street sweepers, cleaners and cooks. No executions for blasphemy have been carried out in Pakistan but enraged mobs sometimes kill people accused of blasphemy.

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