FO re­buffs re­ports of Aa­sia Bibi leav­ing Pak­istan

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IS­LAM­ABAD: For­eign Of­fice Spokesper­son Dr Mo­ham­mad Faisal on Thurs­day de­nied re­ports that Aa­sia Bibi had left Pak­istan, say­ing the re­cently ac­quit­ted Chris­tian woman was still in the coun­try.

"There is no truth in re­ports of her leav­ing the coun­try — it is fake news," Dr Faisal told me­dia. Aa­sia Bibi was re­leased from Mul­tan jail last night — more than 10 days af­ter the Supreme Court over­turned her con­vic­tion and death sen­tence.

Shortly af­ter the FO's clar­i­fi­ca­tion, Min­is­ter for In­for­ma­tion and Broad­cast­ing Fawad Chaudhry called out the "ir­re­spon­si­ble" be­hav­iour of some me­dia out­lets for run­ning the news of Aa­sia Bibi al­legedly leav­ing the coun­try with­out "con­fir­ma­tion".

"It has be­come a norm to pub­lish fake news for sake of head­lines," Chaudhry said on Twit­ter. "#Asi­aBibi case is sen­si­tive is­sue; it was ex­tremely ir­re­spon­si­ble to pub­lish news of her leav­ing the coun­try with­out con­fir­ma­tion. I strongly urge sec­tion of me­dia to act re­spon­si­ble."

The state­ments by FO and Chaudhry come on the heels of news re­ports from a day ear­lier which stated that Aa­sia Bibi had left Mul­tan’s women prison and was be­ing flown to an "un­known des­ti­na­tion". This par­tic­u­lar quote, at­trib­uted to Aa­sia Bibi's lawyer Sai­ful Malook, led to spec­u­la­tion that she had left the coun­try.

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