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US uniformly opposes blasphemy laws anywhere in world: Pompeo

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

The US on Wednesday said that it uniformly opposes laws anywhere in the world as it welcomed the reunification of Pakistani Christian woman with he family in Canada, months after her death sentence was overturned.

Bibi, a mother of four from province, was taken out of after repeated death threats from religious extremists, following the quashing of her conviction for last year.

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

Bibi's confirmed that she has reached

"The welcomes the that Asia has safely reunited with her family, US said in a statement.

This important step follows the decision of Pakistan's to acquit her of charges in October 2018 a decision that was subsequently upheld in January 2019, Pompeo said.

Asia is now free, and we wish her and her family all the best following their reunification. The uniformly opposes blasphemy laws anywhere in the world, as they jeopardize the exercise of fundamental freedoms, Pompeo.

Asia Noreen, commonly known as Asia Bibi, was the first woman to be sentenced to death under Pakistan's controversial blasphemy laws. Under Pakistan's penal code, the offense of blasphemy is punishable by death or life imprisonment.

She was kept at a secret location while arrangements were made for her to leave the country.

The Supreme Court's quashing of her sentence on October 31 last year led to violent protests by religious hardliners who support strong blasphemy laws, while more liberal sections of society urged her release.

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First Published: Wed, May 08 2019. 19:15 IST
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