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Aasia cannot leave Pakistan due to pending review: Qureshi

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Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said that Aasia Bibi, who has been acquitted of a blasphemy charge by the Supreme Court, cannot leave the country because of the pending review of her case before the court.

“She is here. A review petition is being heard, so how can she go,” Mr. Qureshi said while talking to journalists on Wednesday. There was speculation after Aasia’s release from jail last week that she might go abroad in view of security threats.

The Asia Bibi case has brought out a dangerous faultline in the society where religious sentiments are used for violence and politics. The TLP is notorious for spreading anarchy and violence in the name of avenging blasphemy.

Asia Bibi was acquitted by Supreme Court on 31st October that led to violent protest across the country in the leadership of TLP. Public and state properties were set ablaze, routine business was halted, and institutes were accused.

The protests only ended after the dialogue between the state and leaders of TLP. One of the clauses of the agreement was to put Asia Bibi’s name on the Exit Control List. Although the legalities of that are in question, News had been circulating in media that Asia Bibi had left the country as she was released from Multan Jail on Nov 8.

Read more: Pakistan Christian in last appeal on blasphemy death sentence

Not only national but international media too disseminated misinformation related to the sensitive matter of Asia Bibi as the news contradicted the agreement, GVS reported earlier. Foreign office and information minister issued a statement denying the news reports, urging media to be responsible, as such fake news could lead to protests again.

The Asia Bibi case has brought out a dangerous faultline in the society where religious sentiments are used for violence and politics. The TLP is notorious for spreading anarchy and violence in the name of avenging blasphemy.

Read more: Why the corrupt use of the Blasphemy law undermines all

While some have blamed the government for caving into extremists, others have praised the government to have avoided bloodshed and used the cool down period after the protests to isolate and arrest violent elements.


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