After her acquittal, it has been unsafe for Aasia Bibi to be released from jail.
Aasia Bibi has bee in the news for one week, now after she was acquitted for blasphemy charges by Pakistan’s Supreme Court. She was finally declared innocent after she was acquitted from blasphemy charges. She had been in prison for the last 9 years, and a great part of those 9 years for her were spent alone inside a solitary confinement prison cell.
Late Wednesday night there were reports that Aasia Bibi had been released from prison and was headed to Netherlands, which naturally caused a frenzy
And to further add to the idea that Aasia Bibi had left Pakistan, was a message from her lawyer to AFP saying that last he had heard was that Aasia and her family had boarded a plane but he did not know where it would land.
After the historical judgment was passed and Aasia Bibi was cleared of all charges by the Supreme Court, the far right present within Pakistan protested. The protests which were spearheaded by Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan turned violent and immobilized the entire country for several days until the government agreed to several demands by the protesters, one of which included, Aasia’s name being put on the Exit Control List.
People were excited that Aasia was headed to the Netherlands
Farewell Aasia bibi. May you live in peace and start a new chapter in your life in a new home where you will be safe. One day, I hope Pakistan can guarantee the safety and security of its citizens not just in the Constitution but also in practice.
— ایمان زینب (@ImaanZHazir) November 8, 2018
Asia Bibi has been released from jail and is now a free woman. Please pray for her, her family, and the many Pakistani Muslims who are risking their lives to keep her safe. 🙏
— Jeremy McLellan (@JeremyMcLellan) November 7, 2018
Aasia bibi flown out to Netherlands. Sad that ignorance n religous intolerance make it impossible for you to live safely in your country. Malala gone, Aasia gone. #AasiaBibi
— Frieha Altaf (@FriehaAltaf) November 8, 2018
However, earlier today, the Foreign Office denied all news about Aasia Bibi having left Pakistan.
The Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry even tweeted about the entire event.
It has become a norm to publish fake news for sake of headlines, #AsiaBibi case is sensitive issue it was extremely irresponsible to publish news of her leaving the country without confirmation, I strongly urge section of media to act responsible
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) November 8, 2018
And now people are confused about what to believe
Any confirmation on whether Aasia Bibi is still in Pakistan?
— Sami Shah (@samishah) November 8, 2018
Aasia out of country or not? As now it's very confusing
— Ajuyal (@Andyj1673) November 8, 2018
Government denied claims of Aasia Bibi’s exit from Pakistan. Really hope she is safe, and gone for good. We can’t take care of her
— Huma Amj Al Shafi (@HumaAlShafi) November 8, 2018
Some are questioning the government’s statements
Than what is this mr. Disinformation? pic.twitter.com/lyOfWmRXt2
— Dr.S.S.Hasan Rasheed (@DrHasanRasheed) November 8, 2018
And there are even concerns over more protests over this situation
Aasia BB Chapter is not closed , things will turn ugly now 🙁
— Ππ•° (@LostMischievous) November 8, 2018
Please do not disclose her whereabouts.
— Tausi Malik (@TausiMalik1) November 8, 2018
The entire situation is indeed a little confusing since contradicting reports emerge so often. According to Dawn.com, Aasia was transferred from Multan Jail to Islamabad with heavy security and of course, the government is keeping her whereabouts a secret because of security concerns.
What do you think about Aasia Bibi leaving the country? Let us know in the comments.
Cover Image Source: tribune.com.pk