Pakistan Frees Woman Acquitted Of Blasphemy Charges Amid Islamist Protests

Pakistan has freed a Christian woman who spent eight years on death row after its Supreme Court acquitted her of blasphemy charges in a landmark decision that ignited angry protests and death threats from a hard-line Islamist party. After her release late on October 31, Asia Bibi was taken to an undisclosed location for her safety, and her lawyer said she would soon leave the country. France and Spain have offered asylum to the 54-year-old mother of five, who is a Roman Catholic. Chief Justice Saqib Nisar earlier in the day overturned Bibi's conviction by the Lahore High Court in 2010 for allegedly insulting Islam's Prophet Muhammad, saying there was insufficient evidence that she violated Pakistan's blasphemy law and suggesting the accusations against her were "false."...............

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