Unique: Canada Presents Asylum To Pakistani Christian Lady Previously On Dying Row

Asia Bibi, a Christian girl who spent eight years on demise row in Pakistan for blasphemy, is transferring to Canada after accepting a suggestion of asylum by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, HuffPost UK can reveal.

The information comes as Pakistan’s prime court docket right now rejected a problem to the acquittal of the mother-of-five on blasphemy fees, after she was accused of insulting the Prophet Mohammed.

The Supreme Courtroom upheld its resolution to overturn Asia Bibi’s conviction and demise sentence sparking fears of civil unrest which plagued her launch final 12 months.

Bibi is anticipated to land in Canada this week to hitch two of her daughters, who have been secretly flown out earlier this month.

Wilson Chowdry, of the British Pakistani Affiliation, informed HuffPost UK: “I can affirm that Asia Bibi might be flown out to Canada very, very quickly and be joined in Canada by the remainder of her household in due time.

“Canadian diplomats have confirmed they’re making the mandatory preparations as we communicate and she or he is wanting ahead to her new life in a brand new nation.”

Chowdry, an in depth good friend of the Bibi household who travelled the world attempting to safe her asylum, mentioned Bibi was transferring to a secret and “comparatively distant” a part of Canada.

He mentioned: “Justin Trudeau himself has been personally concerned in ensuring Canada accepts Asia and her household.

“Safety considerations are nonetheless paramount. Even in Canada, Asia’s life is in potential hazard.” 

Bibi, a farm labourer, was launched from jail two months in the past after Pakistan’s highest court docket acquitted her in a landmark resolution. 

Final month a delegation from the British Pakistani Christian Affiliation visited Canada and garnered assist from MPs there, who mentioned they’d welcome Asia and her household to the nation.

The Trudeau authorities has the assist of Canada’s opposition Conservative Occasion, who’ve urged him to “use each mechanism at his disposal to supply the Bibi household asylum”. 

In November Trudeau informed reporters whereas in Paris: “There’s a delicate home context that we respect which is why I don’t need to say any extra about that, however I’ll remind folks Canada is a welcoming nation,” he added.

Bibi spent years in solitary confinement after an argument with a bunch of Muslim ladies in June 2009, who accused her of insulting the Prophet Muhammad. However in October Pakistan’s supreme court docket overturned her conviction, saying the case in opposition to her was based mostly on flimsy proof.

Her acquittal sparked violent protests throughout the nation, led by Islamic non secular hardliners from the extremist group Tehreek-e-Labaik, whose leaders have been later arrested and detained on terrorism and sedition fees.

Days after her launch, Bibi’s husband Ashiq Masih made an impassioned video plea to Theresa Might asking for asylum within the UK.

However her enchantment for sanctuary was controversially denied by the UK’s residence workplace due to fears that British embassies and their workers could be focused by Islamic extremists because of this, HuffPost UK revealed on the time. 

A number of nations had reportedly provided Bibi asylum, together with France, Spain, Holland, Germany, Italy and Australia.

Wilson revealed Bibi and her household had spent Christmas collectively in a “protected and secret location” including core of “worldwide diplomats” have been guarding her.

A spokesman for International Affairs in Canada mentioned: “Canada welcomes the acquittal of Asia Bibi and appears ahead to seeing a optimistic decision to the case. We’re targeted on guaranteeing the protection of Asia Bibi and her household.

“We can’t remark additional right now.” 

HuffPost Canada contributed to this report

The Supreme Courtroom upheld its resolution to overturn Asia Bibi’s conviction and demise sentence sparking fears of civil unrest which plagued her launch final 12 months.

Bibi is anticipated to land in Canada this week to hitch two of her daughters, who have been secretly flown out earlier this month.

Wilson Chowdry, of the British Pakistani Affiliation, informed HuffPost UK: “I can affirm that Asia Bibi might be flown out to Canada very, very quickly and be joined in Canada by the remainder of her household in due time.

“Canadian diplomats have confirmed they’re making the mandatory preparations as we communicate and she or he is wanting ahead to her new life in a brand new nation.”

Chowdry, an in depth good friend of the Bibi household who travelled the world attempting to safe her asylum, mentioned Bibi was transferring to a secret and “comparatively distant” a part of Canada.

He mentioned: “Justin Trudeau himself has been personally concerned in ensuring Canada accepts Asia and her household.

“Safety considerations are nonetheless paramount. Even in Canada, Asia’s life is in potential hazard.” 

Bibi, a farm labourer, was launched from jail two months in the past after Pakistan’s highest court docket acquitted her in a landmark resolution. 

Final month a delegation from the British Pakistani Christian Affiliation visited Canada and garnered assist from MPs there, who mentioned they’d welcome Asia and her household to the nation.

The Trudeau authorities has the assist of Canada’s opposition Conservative Occasion, who’ve urged him to “use each mechanism at his disposal to supply the Bibi household asylum”. 

In November Trudeau informed reporters whereas in Paris: “There’s a delicate home context that we respect which is why I don’t need to say any extra about that, however I’ll remind folks Canada is a welcoming nation,” he added.

Bibi spent years in solitary confinement after an argument with a bunch of Muslim ladies in June 2009, who accused her of insulting the Prophet Muhammad. However in October Pakistan’s supreme court docket overturned her conviction, saying the case in opposition to her was based mostly on flimsy proof.

Her acquittal sparked violent protests throughout the nation, led by Islamic non secular hardliners from the extremist group Tehreek-e-Labaik, whose leaders have been later arrested and detained on terrorism and sedition fees.

Days after her launch, Bibi’s husband Ashiq Masih made an impassioned video plea to Theresa Might asking for asylum within the UK.

However her enchantment for sanctuary was controversially denied by the UK’s residence workplace due to fears that British embassies and their workers could be focused by Islamic extremists because of this, HuffPost UK revealed on the time. 

A number of nations had reportedly provided Bibi asylum, together with France, Spain, Holland, Germany, Italy and Australia.

Wilson revealed Bibi and her household had spent Christmas collectively in a “protected and secret location” including core of “worldwide diplomats” have been guarding her.

A spokesman for International Affairs in Canada mentioned: “Canada welcomes the acquittal of Asia Bibi and appears ahead to seeing a optimistic decision to the case. We’re targeted on guaranteeing the protection of Asia Bibi and her household.

“We can’t remark additional right now.” 

HuffPost Canada contributed to this report