Pakistan blasphemy case: Asia Bibi freed from jail

A Pakistani Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy after spending eight years on death row has been freed from prison, her lawyer says.

The Supreme Court ruling last week sparked violent protests from Islamists and the government agreed to their demand to stop her leaving Pakistan.

There has been some confusion on the whereabouts of Asia Bibi, with some saying she was taken in by another country.

But the foreign office later confirmed that Bibi was still in Pakistan. Her husband pleaded earlier this week for asylum, saying his wife and their family are in danger.

Numerous countries have offered them asylum.

Bibi was convicted in 2010 of insulting the Prophet Muhammad during a row with neighbours. Pakistan officials have made it clear that they will prevent her from leaving the country.

During an eruption of protests last week against her being released from jail, one Islamist leader said all three Supreme Court judges also “deserved to be killed”.

A spokesman for conservative and hard liners, Tehreek-e-Labaik (TLP) party said Asia Bibi’s release was in breach of their deal with the government.

“The rulers have showed their dishonesty,” TLP spokesman Ejaz Ashrafi told Reuters.

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