ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office (FO) on Sunday maintained that Aasia Bibi, a Christian woman acquitted by the Supreme Court in a blasphemy case late last month, is still in Pakistan, rejecting reports on social media that claimed otherwise.
“Aasia Bibi has not left Pakistan and she is in the country,” a spokesman for the FO said in a statement, terming the social media reports as “false and baseless.”
Protests had erupted in several cities after the Supreme Court acquitted Aasia Bibi, a Christian woman who had been sentenced to death on blasphemy charges, on October 31.
Enraged masses had blocked several routes across the country for two days, while at some places they had also set fire to vehicles. The demonstrations saw closure of schools, colleges and universities, as well as cancellation of examinations.
The government and the protesters from different religious groups, led by Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) chief Khadim Rizvi, reached an agreement two days later on November 2.
The law enforcement agencies had rounded up around 1,800 individuals by Monday night. The Ministry of Interior had said that the arrestees had been booked under the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA).
Although the government decided to take action against miscreants involved in vandalism, torture and arson during the demonstrations across the country, it later showed leniency by dropping the cases against the TLP workers.