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Pak blasphemy case: Asia's husband appeals to Trump, PMs of UK, Canada to help family leave country

Press Trust of India  |  Lahore 

The husband of a Pakistani Christian woman acquitted by the after being sentenced to death for has appealed to the international community, including US Donald Trump, to help the family leave the Islamic nation, saying he feared for their safety.

Though the apex court's judgement was pronounced on Wednesday, there has been no confirmation yet about the status of that whether she was released from the jail or where she has been kept after being released, if at all.

On Thursday, an of the Multan jail, where Bibi was languishing, had told that she was released on early hours of that day. However, it is believed that Bibi and her family members are 'kept' at some safe place by the agencies.

Also the (TLP) patron-in-Pir had claimed that the woman has been sent back to jail on "our demand".

"I request to help us to leave and I also request the prime minister of the UK and to help us. Help us in getting freedom," Bibi husband said in a video message.

Masih also said that he feared for his family's safety.

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.

The Supreme Court's judgement had triggered violent protests across with agitators led by hardline political party TLP and other groups blocking major highways and roads, torching vehicles, damaging public and private properties and attacking policemen in different parts of the country.

The protests were later called off late Friday night after the agitators reached a deal with the government, which assured initiation of a legal process to place Bibi on the exit control list that will prevent her from flying abroad.

The government also assured not to oppose a review petition filed against the Supreme Court's judgement.

Bibi's fled Pakistan on Saturday, claiming that he was facing life threats from sections of lawyers and it was difficult for him to practice in the prevailing situation.

He said he would return to Pakistan to represent his client at the hearing of the review petition if the provided him security.

is a in Pakistan and spark attacks and even killings at the hands of vigilante mobs.

Meanwhile, police booked 5,500 people under terrorism and other charges in different parts of and during the three-day protests following Bibi's acquittal.

The police said it has registered over 100 FIRs across the province and booked over 7,500 people, including TLP and patron-in-under terrorism, attempted murder and other charges.

According to a source in the government, there has been an "instruction" from the "top" not to arrest the TLP leadership with whom the government has reached an agreement to end the country-wide protests.

Pakistan's military establishment also played a vital role in persuading the TLP to end the protest, the source said.

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First Published: Sun, November 04 2018. 23:00 IST