Pakistani authorities flew Bibi to an undisclosed location in Pakistan’s capital of Islamabad the night of Nov. 7 for security reasons, two senior government officials told AP.
Bibi’s husband, Ashiq Masih, has appealed to several Western countries for asylum for their family. The Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini said said Tuesday that he would do “everything humanly possible” to help secure Bibi’s safety in Italy or another European country.
Alessandro Monteduro, director of Aid to the Church in Need Italy, has served as an intermediary with the Italian government in the Bibi family’s appeal for asylum in Europe.
“They want to leave Pakistan as soon as possible,” Monteduro told CNA Nov. 7 after speaking with Bibi’s husband over the phone earlier this week.
Bibi’s husband told Monteduro that although his family has already lived through an unimaginable experience, they had not anticipated that things would get so bad that they would need to go into hiding.
“They [Bibi’s family] are grateful for all the people, for the charities in this moment involved in trying to raise awareness,” he added.
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Speculation continues as to whether Bibi will receive asylum in Europe.
On Nov. 7, European Parliament President Antonio Tajani tweeted, “Asia Bibi has left the prison and has been transferred to a safe place! I thank the Pakistani authorities. I look forward meeting her and her family, in the European Parliament as soon as possible.”
A spokesperson for Pakistan’s foreign office said Nov. 8 that there is “no truth” in reports that Bibi had already left Pakistan.