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Asia Bibi’s husband pleads for asylum in UK

Pakistani protesters shout slogans against Asia Bibi (ASIF HASSAN/AFP/Getty Images)

By: Keerthi Mohan

The husband of a Pakistani Christian woman at the centre of a divisive blasphemy case has pleaded for international help to leave the country, saying he feared for his family’s safety. The request by Asia Bibi’s husband Ashiq Masih came a day after he criticised a government deal with hardline Islamists that left her in legal limbo, and called on authorities to protect her. Bibi – who had been on death row since 2010 on blasphemy charges – was acquitted by the supreme court Wednesday (31), triggering large street protests by ultra-conservative Islamists who paralysed Pakistan for three days, blocking roads and…

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