Asia Bibi (File Photo).

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office of Pakistan on Wednesday confirmed the departure of Asia Bibi from the country.

FO Spokesperson Dr Faisal in a statement told that Aasia Bibi has left for Canada following his acquittal from blasphemy charges earlier this year.

Asia Bibi departed for Canada via a private airlines flight to reunite with her family.

Earlier on January 29, Pakistans Supreme Court rejected a challenge against its decision to acquit Asia Bibi, lifting the last legal hurdle in the years-long blasphemy case and potentially paving the way for the Christian mother to leave the country.

Based on merit, this review petition is dismissed, Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa told a hearing at Pakistans highest court, which overturned Bibis death sentence for blasphemy last year.

The ruling ignited immediate calls from activists to allow Bibi to leave Pakistan, where she remains a prime target with the government refusing to reveal her whereabouts and Islamist extremists calling for her murder.

Speculation is rampant that she will seek asylum in a European or North American country, and unconfirmed Pakistani reports claim her children have already fled to Canada.

Moments after the ruling was announced, Bibis lawyer Saif-ul-Mulook hinted that his clients move could be imminent.

I think at this time she is here (in Pakistan) but by tonight, I dont know, he told reporters outside the court.

Extremists said they would kill her despite the judgement of the Supreme Court, he said. Therefore, I think she should leave the country.

She should now be free to reunite with her family and seek safety in a country of her choice, Amnesty International said in a statement.

Bibi was sentenced to death in 2010 in what swiftly became Pakistans most infamous blasphemy case.

The Supreme Court overturned her conviction last year, sparking days of violent demonstrations with enraged extremists calling for her beheading.

Authorities struck a deal to end the violence which included allowing the petition seeking an appeal against the Supreme Courts judgement.

Earlier Tuesday the Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP) party, which led violent protests demanding Bibis execution after her acquittal, called for its members to be ready for action in a message sent to journalists.

But most of its leaders remain in detention after a government crackdown, and few protesters could be seen at the court in Islamabad, where security appeared as normal.

That did not prevent those who did show up for the hearing from calling for violence against Bibi prior to the courts ruling, however.

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