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EU politicians demand safe passage for Asiya Bibi

ANI  |  Brussels [ Belgium] 

In a letter to Pakistani the Members of have expressed concern over the threats to Asiya (Aasiya Noreen), who was recently acquitted by Pakistan's in a Case.

The letter is signed by 197 EU politicians including from states that provide financial assistance to They have demanded safe passage for Asiya as the Islamic fundamentalists have threatened to kill her.

Asiya was convicted of eight years ago and sentenced to death by hanging. It was alleged that she made derogatory remarks about after others objected to her drinking water from their glass because she was not a Muslim.

In a letter sent to Imran Khan, EU politicians said: "We celebrated the decision of the to acquit and were pleased to see the government defend the judiciary in the days that followed. However, it has since been reported that because of the political deal struck with Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan, is, once again, effectively on death row".

"We are aware that a review of the verdict could take years, leaving Asiya incarcerated for that time or vulnerable to mob violence if released", said the letter.

It further stated: "We understand that the decision to review the ruling was made for political, rather than legal, reasons. What happens next in this sad story will show the whether is a nation that respects the rule of law, or whether political interests will prevail".

The Members of said must maintain the rule of law and such incidents will hugely impact the country economically.

"Investors and businesses need confidence in justice for the sake of contracts, employees, and reputation. Likewise, other nations will be less likely to invest in Pakistan if the rule of law is undermined. Therefore, we urge in the strongest possible terms the to guarantee safe passage for Asiya, her family, and any of those under threat due to their part in the decision to acquit her, to any country that accepts them," the letter said.

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First Published: Sat, November 10 2018. 16:17 IST
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