Foreign Office rejects reports of Aasia Bibi's departure

Foreign Office rejects reports of Aasia Bibi departure
Islamabad: Foreign Office on Thursday rejected rumours that Aasia Bibi, a Pakistani-Christian woman who was acquitted by the Supreme Court last week in a blasphemy case, has left the country after being released from jail.

Foreign Office Spokesperson Mohammad Faisal said, "Aasia Bibi is in Pakistan. There is no truth in reports about Aasia Bibi leaving the country".

The denial by the FO comes after reports in the media suggested that the recently acquitted Christian woman had left for the Netherlands along with her family in the wee hours of Thursday.

Bibi was freed from a prison in Multan on Wednesday night and shifted o a safe place in Islamabad via private jet.

According to a civil aviation official, the aircraft that collected Bibi from jail and expected to land in Islamabad.

Antonio Tajani, President of the EU Parliament, has also confirmed in a tweet that Bibi has been transferred to a safe place in Pakistan. He thanked Pakistan for her release, saying he looks forward to meeting Bibi and her family in the European Parliament.

Bibi was convicted of blasphemy and sentenced to death in 2010 despite her advocates maintaining her innocence and insisting the accusers held grudges against her.