Asia Bibi, the Catholic woman who was acquitted of blasphemy in 2018 after spending eight years on death row in Pakistan, has dissociated herself from her autobiography due out later this month. Source: UCA News.
The book was written with French writer Anne-Isabelle Tollet, the only reporter to have met her during her stay in Canada. Ms Bibi sparked controversy with an interview last week, distancing herself from Ms Tollet’s book.
“I wasn’t involved in its drafting. I don’t know when she wrote it, whose story is it and who guided her for the book. I absolutely do not agree with this book because it’s not my autobiography,” Ms Bibi said.
In February, Ms Bibi confirmed that she was seeking asylum in France to live closer to Ms Tollet, who played a key role in her fight for freedom and helped write her autobiography, Enfin Libre! (Finally Free).
“The book tells that the law placed a noose on my neck. The law didn’t do it. It was an incident in the village when people were about to kill me without any reason. She [Tollett] blamed the law but I do not accept anything against the law or my country,” Ms Bibi told Voices of America Urdu.
Pastor Justin Bhatti of Karachi condemned Ms Bibi’s statement.
“She has stabbed church leaders, martyrs and human rights defenders in the back. The interview was planted. It clashes with her previous statements. She has forgotten who destroyed her family. The blasphemy law is wrong and society is to blame,” he said.
Uproar as Asia Bibi disowns autobiography (By Kamran Chaudhry, UCA News)