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Italy 'working discreetly' on Asia Bibi case


Rome, Nov 7 (IANS/AKI) is working behind the scenes with other Western nations to help a Christian woman, Asia Bibi, amid fears for her safety in following her acquittal in a case after eight years on death row.

"We are working discreetly with other Western countries. This is necessary to protect her and her family," told Italy's Rtl 102.5 radio station.

"We cannot allow a situation like this in 2018... women and children should not be in danger."

Bibi, who had been sentenced to hang, cannot leave after violent protests by the Islamist Tehreek-e-Labbaik (TLP) party after Pakistan's cleared her of all charges last week.

Her husband says the family could be killed by Islamists and has pleaded for asylum in the UK, the US or

Bibi's case has galvanised Christian and human rights groups outraged by Pakistan's treatment of religious minorities including its tiny Christian population. Scores of Christians have been convicted of since the 1990s in Pakistan.

"It is definitely a priority for me to guarantee a future to that poor woman and her family. There are many Italians working in Pakistan and we have major trade ties with the country," Salvini said.

"Pakistan is certainly not an enemy and we are operating with a high level of discretion and care, but we will fight every form of fanaticism," he said.

Salvini is also Italy's of the rightwing League party, which has been critical of Islam.

Asia has been invited with her family to visit the European Parliament, its said.

"I call on Pakistan's authorities to issue the necessary documents. European rules require protection to be granted to those who are under threat due to their faith," Tajani tweeted.

on Friday struck a deal with the TLP that included a pledge not to oppose a review petition filed against the judgment that acquitted

The government also agreed not to oppose a TLP application to add to a list preventing her from leaving the country.



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First Published: Wed, November 07 2018. 13:38 IST