Asia Bibi: Canada in Talks With Pakistan Over Asylum

Lester Mason
November 14, 2018

The federal government is talking with Pakistan about the possibilty of bringing a Pakistani woman, who was recently released from death row, to Canada. The government has indicated it would bar her from travelling overseas.

Her husband has said the family is in danger and has pleaded for asylum from the UK, US or Canada.

Bibi is now hiding at an undisclosed "safe place".

"If there are intolerant fringe voices who would object, they must be robustly challenged, not indulged". It also noted that "abusive enforcement of the country's strict blasphemy laws result in the "suppression of rights for non-Muslims, Shia and Ahmedis".

The laws carry a potential death sentence for anyone who insults Islam.

She spent eight years on death row for allegedly blaspheming the Prophet Muhammad-a charge that carries the death penalty in the Muslim-majority nation. Her lawyers have denied she ever did so.

The court overturned her conviction on the grounds there was not enough evidence to support it.

Islamists have threatened to stir up protest in Pakistan if Bibi is permitted to leave.

Maule explained that the United Kingdom had refused to grant Bibi and her family asylum because, in essence, the government is afraid of potential uprisings and protests from Islamic extremists within the country.

To take the official route to asylum, the family would have to flee Pakistan and then make their request.

A spokesman for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in an email Monday that Canada is in talks with Pakistan about Bibi.

The Home Office has officially declined to comment on any asylum application, while others have cautioned against leaping to conclusions on the status of discussions. "I am well aware, as a former Foreign Secretary, of the constant threat to our overseas missions, but we can not allow the threat of violence to deter us from doing the right thing", he wrote in the letter seen by The Daily Telegraph.

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