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Italy working to help Pakistani Christian in blasphemy case

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has said that it was working to help relocate the family of a Pakistani Christian woman acquitted eight years after being sentenced to death for blasphemy, amid warnings from her husband that the family's life is in danger in

The said on Tuesday that it was coordinating with other countries to ensure safety for and her family.

In a statement, the ministry said it was ready to act on whatever the might decide an indication that an offer of asylum might be in the offing.

Also Tuesday, a lawmaker in German Angela Merkel's called for to grant Bibi refuge, after her husband appealed for help from the West to relocate the family.

Bibi was convicted in 2010 of insulting Islam's prophet, but Pakistan's top court acquitted her last week. Protests by hardline Islamists prompted the government to impose a on Bibi until her case is reviewed.

Bibi's case has been closely followed in for years, and Pope met earlier this year with her family in a show of solidarity.

Even Italy's hardline, stressed that he would do "all that is humanly possible" to ensure Bibi and her family are safe, either in or some other country.

Salvini distinguished between Bibi and the tens of thousands of migrants who try to seek out a better life in Italy via smugglers' boats from

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First Published: Wed, November 07 2018. 03:50 IST
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