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Saudi Arabia increases India''s Haj quota to 2 lakh after Modi-Salman talks        SC collegium transfers high court judges        Security of 18 separatists, 155 political leaders withdrawn        Crown Prince orders release of 850 Indian prisoners from Saudi jails        Putin says Russia to take measures if US deploys missiles        Jadhav''s death sentence based on ''extracted confession'', should be annulled: India tells ICJ        Israel strikes on Gaza arson balloons launchers, no injuries reported        Taylor surpasses Fleming becomes highest ODI scorer for NZ        ICC keeping a close watch on India-Pakistan situation ahead of WC        Vivo unveils V15Pro with Industry-first 32 MP pop-up selfie camera        Tripura gets Rs 85 crore Mega Food Park        India, Saudi Arabia ink MoUs for cooperation in tourism, broadcasting        Bernie Sanders enters 2020 US presidential race : Reports        Sixteen states sue Trump over border wall emergency        Djokovic wins his fourth Laureus World Sportsman of the Year        Pakistan shooters not taking part in New Delhi World Cup        Pulwama attack masterminded by Jaish, ISI: corps commander        Cricketer-turned-politician Kirti Azad joins Congress, calls it ''ghar wapsi''        Salve exposes Pak military courts at ICJ, says judges don''t even need law degree        RBI pays Rs 28,000 cr interim dividend to govt ahead of elections        
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International News
Resolution introduced in US Congress to grant asylum to Aasia Bibi
 
(Washington, Feb 01,2019):A US lawmaker has introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives to grant asylum to Pakistani woman Aasia Bibi, who was acquitted by the Supreme Court in a blasphemy case, claiming she was "persecuted" in the Muslim-majority country for being a Christian. A three-member Supreme Court bench threw out a petition seeking to review the apex court''s decision to acquit 47-year-old Bibi on Tuesday. Bibi, a mother of four, was arrested in 2009 for allegedly using derogatory words during a quarrel with Muslim women while working on a farm in Punjab province.

Bibi was convicted in 2010 by the trial court and her death sentence was maintained by the Lahore High Court in 2014. The apex court overturned her conviction last year, sparking days of violent demonstrations led by hardline Islamist parties. "Aasia Bibi has been persecuted, jailed and threatened for doing nothing more than being a Christian in Pakistan," Congressman Ken Calvert said. The recent decision by Pakistan''s top court to overturn Bibi''s death sentence and free her from jail is obviously welcome news, the lawmaker said.

"However, Asia continues to be in danger and is the subject of incendiary rhetoric by radical Islamist leaders. That''s why it''s essential for Congress and other defenders of religious freedom to stand up and protect her," Calvert said. Recognising the importance of granting asylum to those with legitimate claims of persecution for their religion, race, nationality, membership in a social group, or political belief; the resolution supports granting asylum in the United States to Aasia Bibi and her immediate family. Pakistani media reports on Thursday said Bibi may leave the country shortly as there are threats to her life.

Her two daughter had already shifted to Canada. Pakistan said on Thursday that Bibi was a free citizen and has the right to travel anywhere inside the country or abroad. Bibi''s case gained prominence when former governor of Pakistan''s Punjab province Salman Taseer was killed in 2011 for supporting her and criticising the blasphemy laws. A month after Taseer was killed, Pakistan''s religious minorities minister Shahbaz Bhatti, a Christian who spoke out against the blasphemy law, was shot dead in Islamabad. The blasphemy laws were promulgated by former military dictator Ziaul Haq in 1980s. A person convicted under these laws is given death sentence.


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ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
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KERALA NEWS
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NATIONAL NEWS
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 New Delhi: Saudi Arabia on Wednesday increased India''s Haj quota by about 25,000, the third hike in
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Security of 18 separatists, 155 political leaders withdrawn
Cricketer-turned-politician Kirti Azad joins Congress, calls it ''ghar wapsi''
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