Sunday Nov 11, 2018
ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office of Pakistan Sunday denied strongly denied social media reports of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman acquitted by the Supreme Court in a blasphemy case late last month, leaving Pakistan.
"Asia Bibi has not left Pakistan and she is in the country," a spokesman for the Foreign Office said in a statement. The spokesman termed the reports on social media "false and baseless."
Protests had erupted in several cities after the Supreme Court acquitted Asia 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), reached an agreement two days later on Friday, November 2.
The government, however, decided to take action against miscreants involved in vandalism, torture and arson during the demonstrations, leading to a crackdown on rioters across the country.
The law enforcement agencies had rounded up around 1800 individuals by Monday night. The Ministry of Interior had said that the arrestees had been booked under the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA).