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Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy in Pakistan to leave country

The country’s Supreme Court on Wednesday overturned Asia Bibi’s 2010 conviction for insulting Islam’s Prophet Muhammad.

Protesters burn tyres after Asia Bibi was acquitted (Shakil Adil/AP)
Protesters burn tyres after Asia Bibi was acquitted (Shakil Adil/AP)

By Munir Ahmed, Associated Press

A Christian woman acquitted in Pakistan after eight years on death row for blasphemy plans to leave the country as radical Islamists hold rallies against her.

Asia Bibi’s brother said she would leave Pakistan after her formal release from an undisclosed place where she is being held for security reasons.

James Masih said his sister is not safe in Pakistan and that paperwork for her release and departure to an unspecified country was being processed.

Masih would not say where Bibi plans to go.

France and Spain have offered asylum.

Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Wednesday overturned Bibi’s 2010 conviction for insulting Islam’s Prophet Muhammad.

Her acquittal raised fears of violence as religious extremists hold angry protests over the verdict, blocking roads and rallying for the second day on Thursday.

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