Aasia Bibi situation has our full attention: Dutch foreign minister

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The government of Netherlands is quite aware of the situation of Pakistani Christian Aasia Bibi who was acquitted of blasphemy charges by the Supreme Court, according to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Stef Blok.

This was stated by the foreign minister, Stef Blok, in a tweet. In his statement, he offered asylum to Aasia Bibi’s lawyer, Saiful Mulook in the country’s Shelter City program.

Aasia Bibi, a Catholic mother of five, was acquitted by the Supreme Court of Pakistan of blasphemy charges last week, a ruling which sparked nationwide protests.

The BBC quoted Aasia Bibi’s lawyer Saiful Mulook as saying that Aasia Bibi had been flown out of Pakistan after she was released from a women’s prison in Multan earlier during the day.

Her lawyer said that she had been flown out of Pakistan with her immediate family but they did not know where she had been taken to.

Aasia Bibi was facing charges of committing blasphemy since June 2009 when a row broke out between her and two women. The women alleged that she had committed blasphemy after a heated argument between them. Aasia Bibi has always denied the charges.

The Supreme Court of Pakistan heard her appeal in October 2018 against the death sentence issued by Lahore High Court. On October 31, the apex court acquitted her citing lack of evidence and contradiction among witness’ testimony.