Muslims protest as court frees christian woman.
A Pakistani Christian woman, Asia Bibi, remains in the custody of authorities, 72 hours after being acquitted of blasphemy and death sentence. Authorities are holding on to her for fear of being lynched by Islamic extremists.
The Supreme Court upturned the death sentence hanging on 47 year old Asia Bibi, eight years after she was convicted of insulting the Prophet Muhammad.
There have been violent protests by Islamic extremists across major cities of Pakistan, with road blockages and burning of scores of cars amidst calls for the acquitted Christian to be publicly killed by hanging.
Christians worldwide were appalled at the watershed judgement which serves as a major source of crack within Pakistan, where two popular politicians were killed mysteriously after attempts to help save Ms. Bibi.
Two inmates reportedly arrested in September are still being questioned for allegedly planning to kill the Christian woman by strangling.
Ms Bibi’s acquittal has posed a major challenged for Pakistan’s new prime minister, Imran Khan, who came to power this summer largely by playing an Islamist card.
Mr. Khan condemned the extremists including opposition leader and radical cleric, Khadim Hussain Rizvi, the leader of Tehreek-e-Labbaik party, who had earlier said that “we are ready to die to show our love for the prophet”
Ms. Bibi is being held in an undisclosed facility.