Pak­istan blas­phemy case Asia Bibi freed

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A Pak­istani Chris­tian woman ac­quit­ted of blas­phemy af­ter spend­ing eight years on death row has been freed from prison, her lawyer says. Some re­ports say Asia Bibi has boarded a plane but its des­ti­na­tion was not known. The Supreme Court rul­ing sparked protests from Is­lamists and the gov­ern­ment had said it would bar her from leav­ing Pak­istan. Her hus­band had said they were in dan­ger and pleaded for asy­lum. Pak­istan’s ‘his­toric’ Asia Bibi rul­ing Why Pak­istan’s Chris­tians are tar­geted Blas­phemy laws around the world Asia Bibi, a mother-of-five, was re­leased from prison in the city of Mul­tan, her lawyer Saif Mu­look said. Also known as Asia Noreen, she was con­victed in 2010 of in­sult­ing the Prophet Muham­mad dur­ing a row with neigh­bours. Sev­eral coun­tries have of­fered her asy­lum. The Pak­istani gov­ern­ment has said it will start le­gal pro­ceed­ings to pre­vent her go­ing abroad af­ter agree­ing the mea­sure to end the vi­o­lent protests. Many of the pro­test­ers were hard­lin­ers who sup­port strong blas­phemy laws and called for Asia Bibi to be hanged. One Is­lamist leader said all three Supreme Court judges also “de­served to be killed”. A spokesman for the hard­line Tehreek-e-Labaik (TLP) party said Asia Bibi’s re­lease was in breach of their deal with the gov­ern­ment.

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