Top Pakistani Court Rejects Appeal Against Asia Bibi Acquittal

Pakistan's Supreme Court is due to decide on January 29 whether to allow an appeal against its acquittal of a Christian woman at the center of a blasphemy row, a lawyer for the woman said.Judges, including Pakistan's new chief justice, Asif Saeed Khan Khosa, are expected to reject the appeal.If the court refuses to allow the petition, it will remove the last legal hurdle facing Asia Bibi, who remains in protective custody at a secret location.Bibi was on death row for eight years for blasphemy, a hugely sensitive charge in Muslim-majority Pakistan.The Supreme Court's decision in October to overturn her conviction ignited days of violent demonstrations, with Islamists calling for her killing as well mutiny within the powerful military ......................


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