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Asia Bibi: the Pakistani Christian acquitted of blasphemy

Asia Bibi

By: Sarwar Alam

For the majority of Asia Bibi’s life she lived in obscurity like many of Pakistan’s downtrodden Christian minority, until a blasphemy allegation saw her sentenced to death in a case that divided the nation. She was thrust into the spotlight in deeply conservative Muslim Pakistan, where even unsubstantiated accusations of disrespecting Islam can provoke death at the hands of mobs. The allegations against Bibi date back to 2009, when Muslim field labourers who were working alongside refused to share water with her because she was Christian. An argument broke out and a Muslim woman later went to a local cleric and accused…

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