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Pakistan blasphemy Christian still in jail one week on

Asia Bibi

By: Keerthi Mohan

One week after the country’s highest court ordered her release, a Pakistani Christian who has spent eight years on death row for blasphemy was still in prison on Wednesday (7), with no immediate prospect of freedom. Thousands of Islamists poured onto the streets in protest after supreme court judges overturned Asia Bibi’s conviction, in a case that has laid bare the divisions between traditionalists and modernisers in the devoutly Muslim nation. Ultra-conservative Islamists blockaded major cities to demand her immediate execution, in a three-day stand-off that ended when prime minister Imran Khan’s administration agreed to allow a review of the supreme…

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