• Tuesday, May 17, 2022

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Asia Bibi freed from prison after blasphemy death sentence

The daughters of Asia Bibi, a Catholic accused of blasphemy, pose in 2010 with an image of their mother while standing outside their residence in Sheikhupura, Pakistan. (CNS/Adrees Latif, Reuters)

By: Sarwar Alam

A Pakistani Christian woman has been freed from prison a week after the Supreme Court overturned her conviction and death sentence for blasphemy against Islam, and she is now at a secure location for fear of attacks on her, officials said on Thursday. The release of Asia Bibi, a mother of five, prompted immediate anger from a hard-line Islamist party that has threatened to paralyse daily life countrywide with street protests if her acquittal is not reversed. Insulting Islam’s Prophet Mohammad carries a mandatory death penalty in Pakistan, which has among the harshest blasphemy laws in the world. Three security officials told…

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