Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada Looks to Ensure Safety of Christian Acquitted of Blasphemy in Pakistan

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada Looks to Ensure Safety of Christian Acquitted of Blasphemy in Pakistan

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Canada eyes safety of Christian in Pakistan

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OTTAWA - Canada's foreign ministry says it is prepared to do everything it can to ensure the safety of a Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy by Pakistan's top court.

The decision handed down Tuesday by the court upholds an October acquittal of Asia Bibi and clears the final legal obstacle for her to seek asylum.

Global Affairs Canada is calling Bibi's case a priority and says it is focused on ensuring her and her family's safety.

Bibi's lawyer, Saiful Malook, said in an op-ed in the Washington Post last month that his client's most likely destination would be Canada if she was able to leave Pakistan.

And this fall, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told Agence France-Presse in Paris that Canada was in discussions with the Pakistani government over the case, but declined to comment further, citing a "delicate domestic context. …

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