Asia Bibi, the Christian woman who spent eight years on death row in Pakistan, was reportedly on her way to The Netherlands after her release from jail following a recent acquittal of blasphemy.
Bibi’s lawyer Saif-ul-Malook, who already fled to The Netherlands, confirmed reports about her release on Wednesday, November 7, through a Dutch-based foundation helping persecuted Christians.
Pakistan later denied that she had left the country, but authorities they had been moving Bibi to a “safe location.” Dutch officials declined to confirm or deny reports that she was on her way to the European nation. But witnesses in Islamabad earlier saw Pakistani army units near the prison where she was released and an airport in Multan.
Sources said an ambassador from The Netherlands came to accompany Bibi. Several reports said that she and her family are on a plane.
In the Netherlands, the Christian party ChristenUnie (ChristianUnion) welcomed her release. “The release of Asia Bibi is excellent news,” said ChristianUnion Parliamentarian Joël Voordewind in a statement.
PRAYING FOR BIBI
“In the last days, months, years we have been praying for her and today we can give thanks. Now the most important thing is that Asia Bibi finds safety,” he added.
“Where the Netherlands can do something for her, we must do so. After that, it is important to boost the pressure on Pakistan further to abolish the life-threatening blasphemy laws for Christians.”
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SOURCE: Assist News, Stefan J. Bos