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CANADA IN TALKS WITH PAKISTAN TO GRANT ASYLUM TO ASIA BIBI 

Conservatives Call On Trudeau Government To Offer Bibi Family Asylum

As per reports in CBC – Canada is engaged in secret talks with allies over how  to protect Asia Bibi , a Pakistani Christian woman whose death sentence for blasphemy charges was commuted last week is trapped in a prison that has been converted into a safe house. Asia Bibi, a mother of five from Punjab province, is unable to leave the facility over fears that her life is in jeopardy, the source added. Bibi, 47, was convicted of the charges in 2010 for allegedly making derogatory remarks about Islam after neighbours objected to her drinking water from their glass because she was not Muslim. The case has divided Pakistan, with her conviction outraging Christians and her subsequent acquittal infuriating hardline Islamists. Liberal MP Andrew Leslie, the parliamentary secretary to the minister of Foreign Affairs, confirmed the multilateral discussions during today’s question period in the House of Commons, but provided no details.”With like-minded friends and allies, there are discreet and delicate discussions underway and I will not say anything further at this time,” he said. The Conservatives also held a news conference to call on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to grant asylum to Bibi and her family.Michelle Rempel, Shadow Minister for Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, issued a statement calling on Justin Trudeau to grant asylum to Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian who spent eight years on death row: “Canada’s humanitarian immigration system should prioritize the world’s most vulnerable, like those fleeing war and persecution. Today Conservatives are calling on the Trudeau government to use every mechanism at his disposal to offer the Bibi family asylum, and to encourage the Pakistani government to allow Bibi to travel freely in light of recent negotiations with the extremist TLP party which could see authorities bar her from leaving the country. While the recent Supreme Court decision to overturn the case is hear tening, the threat to Asia’s life continues. Since her case was overturned, angry mobs have been protesting and calling for her death. We know that these are not empty threats as the Federal Minister for Minorities, Shahbaz Bhatti, was murdered in 2011 simply for calling for Bibi’s release from prison. If action is not taken to ensure the safety of the Bibi family, I fear that their lives will also be in danger.. Senator Salma Ataullahjan has also been outspoken about Asia Bibi’s case for many years. “We must never take for granted the principles of freedom of thought, speech, and religion. We must redouble our efforts to defend them, and
Justin Trudeau should act immediately to grant asylum to the Bibi family

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