As Pak­istan awaits blas­phemy rul­ing Is­lamists protest

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LA­HORE AFP Oct12,2018-sev­eral thou­sand Is­lamist hard­lin­ers protested in La­hore Fri­day as Pak­istan awaits a piv­otal rul­ing in the coun­try’s most no­to­ri­ous blas­phemy case, that of a Chris­tian mother who has been on death row since 2010.

The rally, or­gan­ised by anti-blas­phemy party Tehreek-e-labaik Pak­istan (TLP), was the big­gest of sev­eral in cities across Pak­istan, with a few hun­dred protesters also demon­strat­ing in the south­ern port city of Karachi, and in Rawalpindi, which neigh­bours Is­lam­abad.

The Is­lamists de­manded the ex­e­cu­tion of Asia Bibi be carried out, days af­ter Pak­istan’s Supreme Court heard her fi­nal ap­peal.

The court said it had reached a judge­ment at the hear­ing on Mon­day, but that it would not re­lease it im­me­di­ately for “rea­sons to be recorded later”, and told me­dia they could not pub­lish com­ments on the in­flam­ma­tory case.

Bibi is at the cen­tre of the high-pro­file case which has di­vided Pak­istan and drawn prayers from the Vatican.

A Chris­tian labourer, she was ac­cused of blas­phemy against the Prophet Mo­hammed in 2009 by Mus­lim women she was work­ing with in a field.

The charge is pun­ish­able by death.

Sup­port­ers of TLP, hold plac­ards de­mand­ing for hang­ing of a Chris­tian woman Asia Bib (AFP)

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