I spoke to the Prime Minister of Pakistan @ImranKhanPTI. He assured me that Asia Bibi and her family are safe and well. We fully agreed on the need to respect all religions, everywhere in the world. pic.twitter.com/hdUB8HAaBX
— Antonio Tajani (@EP_President) November 13, 2018
PM Khan reaffirms resolve to respect Aasia Bibi judgement in call with EU parliament chief
Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday reaffirmed his government’s resolve to respect the Supreme Court’s judgement in the case of Aasia Bibi, a Christian woman recently freed from prison after her blasphemy conviction was overturned.
“As citizens of Pakistan, Aasia Bibi and her family are entitled to all rights as guaranteed by the Constitution of Pakistan,” the premier told European Parliament President Antonio Tajani, who had telephoned Khan.
According to a press release issued by the Prime Minister’s Office, Tajani thanked Khan for ensuring the safety and security of Bibi and her family.
Assuring the prime minister of the EU Parliament’s cooperation with the Pakistani government, Tajani said that a debate on Bibi scheduled to be held in the EU Parliament had been postponed.
Bibi has been blocked from leaving Pakistan after the overturning of her conviction prompted a wave of protests by religiopolitical groups.
She has since been flown to a “safe place” in the country as several governments have offered to grant her family asylum.
In a tweet, the EU Parliament’s head said Prime Minister Khan had “assured [him] that Aasia Bibi and her family are safe and well”.
“We fully agreed on the need to respect all religions, everywhere in the world,” he wrote.