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HARDLINERS THREATEN JUDGES AS PAKISTAN AWAITS BLASPHEMY RULING

A team member of Chaudhry Ghulam Mustafa (unseen), a Pakistani lawyer representing a petitioner against a Christian mother Asia Bibi, carries legal books as they leave with his team the Supreme Court after the final hearing in Islamabad on October 8, 2018. – Pakistan’s Supreme Court said it had reached a judgement on October 8 after hearing the final appeal of a Christian mother on death row for blasphemy, but that it will announce its ruling later in the notorious case, which has gone all the way to the Vatican. (AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images)

By: Keerthi Mohan

Religious hardliners in Pakistan Wednesday threatened judges and announced protests as the country awaits a Supreme Court ruling on the fate of a Christian woman who faces becoming the first person to be executed for blasphemy. Asia Bibi, who has been on death row since 2010, is at the centre of the high-profile case which has divided Pakistan and drawn prayers from the Vatican. Successive appeals against her conviction have failed. On Monday the Supreme Court heard her last appeal and said it had reached a judgement, but refused to announce it immediately “for reasons to be recorded later”. On Wednesday Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP), a hardline…

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