This deal is a disgrace, and is plainly, despite Fawad Chaudhry’s denial, a capitulation to the rioters. Barring Asia Bibi from leaving the country contradicts her acquittal — if she has committed no crime according to Pakistani law, why are her movements being restricted? Even worse, barring her from leaving the country grants tacit permission to Tehreek-i-Labaik to hunt her down and murder her.
Pakistan is not an ally of the United States and has not been for a considerable period, if, indeed, it ever was. The treatment of Asia Bibi ought to be the occasion for the official ending of this sham alliance.