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Pakistani Christian regains freedom.

The Pakistani Christian woman who has been held in prison seven days despite a Pakistani Supreme Court verdict last week, which toppled her earlier death sentence and ordered her release, has eventually regained her freedom.
She has been freed,” lawyer Saif-ul-Mulook, who also exiled himself for fear of being killed said in a text message. “I have been told that she is on a plane but nobody knows where she will land.”

After eight years in jail, Asia Bibi was acquitted of blasphemy and death by hanging last week, but she had remained incarcerated as the government agreed to allow a review, following Islamist protests over the bitterly divisive case.

Also known as Noreen, the mother of five was charged for insulting the Prophet Mohammed during a fight with co farm labourers in 2010. A charge which she denied. They had discriminated against her for being a Christian.

To calm destructive protests which greeted the Supreme Court overturning of her death by hanging, which was motivated by the opposition Tehreek-e-Labaik (TLP), across major cities of the country, Pakistani authorities agreed a deal to sign a document that would prevent Ms. Bibi from traveling out of the country as well as not to object an appeal to the watershed judgment at the Supreme Court.

The protesters were hardliners who support strong blasphemy laws and called for Asia Bibi to be publicly executed.

One Islamist leader said all three Supreme Court judges who sat on the matter also “deserved to be killed”.

Meanwhile, the TLP has expressed its disappointment in the government for breaching an agreement they entered into with protesters. Describing the government as ‘dishonest’, a spokesperson of TLP, Ejaz Ashrafi said: “The rulers have showed their dishonesty,”

But some observers say the laws have often been used to exact revenge after personal disputes, and that convictions are based on thin and irrelevant evidence.

The vast majority of those convicted are Muslims or members of the Ahmadi community, but since the 1990s scores of Christians have been convicted. They make up just 1.6% of the population.

The Christian community has been targeted by numerous attacks in recent years, leaving many feeling vulnerable to a climate of intolerance.

Antonio Tajani, European Parliament president also confirmed Bibi’s freedom in a post on his tweeter handle. @EP_President. Screenshot:


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