PMQs – Asia Bibi

PMQs – Asia Bibi


Asia Bibi spent 8 years on death row in Pakistan
for a crime she did not commit. Since the High Court quashed her conviction she has been
in hiding, weekend reports suggested she had applied for asylum in Britain. Does the Prime
Minister agree that Britain should be a beacon for human rights and those fleeing religious
persecution? Can i say to the hon gentleman that our primary
concern is for the safety and security of Asia Bibi and her family and we want to see
a swift resolution of the situation. Obviously there’s an issue for the Government and courts
in Pakistan and the Prime Minister, Imran Khan, has publicly supported the Supreme Court
and promised to uphold the rule of law while providing continued protection for Asia Bibi.
A number of countries are in discussion about providing a safe destination for her once
the legal process is complete. I’m sure the House will understand given the sensitivity
of this case it wouldn’t be right to comment on the details of those proposals at this
stage, but we remain in close contact with international partners to ensure Asia Bibi’s
long-term safety and her interests

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