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Reports of Aasia Bibi leaving Pakistan 'fake news': FO

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad/Lahore 

Pakistani authorities on Thursday rejected as "fake news" reports that a Christian woman who was released from a jail a week after the overturned her conviction and death sentence for has left for the

Aasia Bibi, 47, acquitted in the case was released, amid nationwide anger, from the jail in on Wednesday midnight.

It was reported in that she was taken to Noor Khan Airbase Rawalpindi, from where she would be shifted to the

"was released from for Women (some 350 kilometers from Lahore) on Wednesday midnight. She is taken to where a chartered plane will take her to Netherlands, " 24News reported on Thursday.

Some other channels also reported the release of and her departure for

However, Dr said there was no truth that the mother of five had left the country.

"There is no truth in reports about Bibi leaving the country it is fake news," he said.

also rejected the reports about her going out of the country.

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

Tehreek-i-(TLP) of issued a statement to media saying "the has released as the Netherlands in reached jail along with the government officials to ensure her release. She is being transported to Netherlands."

He said a call has been given to the workers who are gathering in and Rawalpindi to stop the government to allow Aasia leave the country.

The apex court verdict on Bibi prompted immediate anger from a that has threatened to paralyse daily life countrywide with street protests if her acquittal is not reversed.

A for the government however refused to comment.

"The government cannot give any comment on this matter," a for the government told media.

Earlier, said it would help Bibi leave the country because her life in danger following charges of that put her on death row for eight years.

Her husband had also urged the US president, and the UK and premiers to help her leave the country for her life.

Bibi's husband in a video message had appealed to the world leaders to help Aasia leave for her safety.

"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," said Masih.

In a landmark judgement last week, a three-judge bench of the headed by overturned the conviction of Aasia Bibi facing execution for blasphemy.

Her acquittal triggered street protests by radical Islamists paralysing Pakistan for three days, blocking roads, torching vehicles, damaging public and private properties and attacking policemen for three days.

However, hours after the killing of Godfather of Maulana Samiul Haq, the TLP Friday announced ending sit-ins across the country following reaching a deal with the government on the issue of acquittal of Bibi. As per the agreement, the government will immediately initiate a process to place the name of Bibi on the no-fly list (exit control list).

Bibi 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


Police had arrested over 1,000 workers of the TLP mostly from province but later released almost all of them on the threat of the radicals that they would block roads if the TLP workers were not released.

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First Published: Thu, November 08 2018. 14:10 IST
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