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Asia Bibi released from jail, to be shifted to the Netherlands: Report

Press Trust of India  |  Lahore 

A Christian woman who was convicted of and acquitted by Pakistan's last week, has been released from a jail in and taken to Noor Khan Airbase, Rawalpindi, from where she would be shifted to the Netherlands, reported.

However, a government refused to comment on the matter.

A Lahore-based TV channel reported that was released from for Women in (around 350km from Lahore) late on Wednesday night and taken to Noor Khan Airbase, Rawalpindi, from where a chartered plane would take her to the

Asia Bibi, a 47-year-old mother of four, was convicted in 2010 after being accused of insulting in a row with her neighbours. She always maintained her innocence, but has spent most of the past eight years in solitary confinement.

Earlier, had said that it was working to help leave Pakistan, amid warning from the woman's husband that her life was in danger. Her husband, Ashiq Masih, had also urged US Donald Trump, and the UK and premiers to help her leave

Tehreek-i-Labaik (TLP) Hafiz Shahbaz Attari, in a statement, said, "The has released as the in reached jail along with government officials to ensure her release. She is being transported to the "

He said the party workers who are gathering in and have been asked to stop the government from allowing Asia Bibi from leaving the country.

The Supreme Court's landmark verdict acquitting Asia Bibi of charges had sparked countrywide protests and death threats from hardline groups. Protestors led by Tehreek-i-and other groups had blocked major highways and roads in different parts of the country.

However, the TLP later called off its agitation following an agreement with the government that assured initiation of a legal process to place the woman on the exit control list that will prevent her from flying abroad.

It was also agreed upon that the government would also not oppose a review petition filed against the Supreme Court's judgement in the Asia Bibi case.

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First Published: Thu, November 08 2018. 03:10 IST