Asiya Bibi still in Pakistan: Foreign Office

Islamabad: Foreign Office Spokesperson Mohammad Faisal on Thursday clarified that Asiya Bibi, who was acquitted by the Pakistan Supreme Court in a blasphemy case last month, is still in Pakistan.

“There is no truth in reports of her leaving the country – it is fake news,” Faisal told Dawn News TV.

Bibi was released from a women’s prison in Multan late on Wednesday after the completion of all formalities by the jail administration, Geo News reported. However, speculations emerged that Bibi had left the country soon after she was released from prison.

On October 31, mass protests had erupted in various parts of Pakistan after the country’s top court acquitted Asiya of blasphemy charges.

A three-judge special bench headed by Justice Nisar, Justice Asif Saeed Khosa and Justice Mazhar Alam Khan Miankhel had heard Asiya’s 2014 appeal against her conviction and death sentence and overturned the ruling in favor of her.

Asiya was convicted and sentenced to death in 2010 for allegedly insulting Islam during an argument with three Muslim women.