Fake images of woman acquitted of blasphemy roil Pakistan


Her husband has appealed in particular to Britain, Canada and the US, claiming that Ms. Bibi's life would be in danger as long as she lived in Pakistan.

While AFP said the discussions were about potentially offering Bibi and her family asylum, this was not confirmed by a government spokesman in Ottawa.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Monday talks are under way with the Pakistani government over a Pakistani Christian woman whose acquittal on blasphemy charges last month sparked mass protests in the South Asian country.

After SC's October 31 judgement that acquitted Aasia Bibi, a Christian woman, in a blasphemy case, TLP launched a countrywide protest, bringing several cities to a standstill for almost three days.

Ms. Bibi has been blocked from leaving Pakistan after the overturning of her conviction prompted a wave of protests among Islamist hardliners.

On October 31, mass protests had erupted in various parts of Pakistan after the country's top court acquitted Asiya pertaining to a blasphemy case.

Insulting Islam is punishable by death in Pakistan, and the mere rumor of blasphemy can lead to lynchings by mobs.

Ms Bibi and her family have always maintained her innocence and say she never insulted the prophet.

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

Muslim labourers objected to her touching the water bowl as a non-Muslim. The supreme court judges ruled that the accusations against her...

In 2011, a Punjab Governor Salman Taseer assassinated in Islamabad, reportedly in part due to his defence of Asia Bibi. For now, it's unclear when the review will be held or who would defend Bibi since her lawyer Saiful Malook fled the country following her acquittal, fearing for his life. Wilson Chowdhry of the British Pakistani Christian Association said: "Britain was concerned about potential unrest in the country, attacks on embassies and civilians".