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Asia Bibi still in Pakistan after prison release, says government

IANS  |  Islamabad 

Pakistani Christian woman Asia Bibi, who was released from prison a day earlier after being acquitted of charges, has not fled the country, the government said on Thursday.

said that was still in Pakistan, denying rumours that she had already left after the furore caused by her release on Wednesday night from a prison in Multan, where she spent eight years on death row.

Bibi, a mother-of-five, was convicted in 2010 of insulting the Prophet Muhammad during a row with neighbours.

Earlier reports said that she left the prison on Wednesday night and was flown to an "unknown destination".

Faisal did not provide more details about the woman, whose acquittal on October 31 triggered widespread protests led by the hardline Islamist party (TLP).

"There is no truth in reports of her leaving the country -- it is fake news," Faisal told

for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry called out the "irresponsible" behaviour of certain for running the news of leaving the country without "confirmation".

"It has become a norm to publish fake news for sake of headlines," Chaudhry said on "#AsiaBibi case is sensitive issue. It was extremely irresponsible to publish news of her leaving the country without confirmation. I strongly urge section of media to act responsible."

The TLP wants the to review the verdict. The radical group last week forced the government to agree that would not be allowed to leave and that it would not block a review petition.

TLP tweeted that no government department confirmed that Bibi had gone abroad and added that government had assured the party that she would remain in the country until the verdict on the review petition was announced.

Several countries have offered asylum to Bibi. On Wednesday, Italian Interior announced that his country would help her leave

Last weekend, Bibi's left Pakistan, citing threats to his life after protests against the acquittal paralyzed the country.

Pakistan's harsh anti-law was established during British colonial rule to avoid religious clashes. But several changes to the law in the 1980s promoted by the then military dictator, Zia-ul-Haq, led to its abuse.



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First Published: Thu, November 08 2018. 14:42 IST