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Pakistani woman acquitted after 20 years on death row

Pakistani former prisoner Asma Nawab poses for a photograph at her lawyer’s house after her release in Karachi on April 6, 2018. A Pakistani woman infamously put on death row for killing her family in 1998 has been acquitted and walked free after 20 years in prison, her lawyer said on April 6. Nawab was just 16 when her parents and brother were murdered in 1998, apparently during an attempted robbery in the southern port megacity Karachi. / AFP PHOTO / ASIF HASSAN (Photo credit should read ASIF HASSAN/AFP/Getty Images)

By: Sarwar Alam

A Pakistani woman infamously put on death row for killing her family in 1998 has been acquitted and walked free after 20 years in prison, her lawyer said Friday. Asma Nawab was just 16 when her parents and brother were murdered in 1998, apparently during an attempted robbery in the southern port megacity Karachi. The familial nature of the murders sent a chill through the city, setting them apart from the political, ethnic and sectarian violence that gripped Karachi for many years. Nawab, her then-fiance Farhan Ahmed and two others were arrested and sentenced to death, accused of killing the…

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