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    Pakistan delays ruling on blasphemy death sentence case
    Kathy Gannon, The Associated Press
    Published Monday, October 8, 2018 9:46AM EDT
    Last Updated Monday, October 8, 2018 10:47AM EDT

    ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan's Supreme Court postponed its ruling Monday on the final appeal of a Christian woman who has been on death row since 2010 after being convicted of blasphemy against Islam.

    The judicial panel listened to Asia Bibi's defence lawyer challenge statements by those who accused her of insulting Islam's prophet, an allegation punishable by death that can incite riots in conservative Pakistan...

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    Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi has death penalty conviction overturned
    By Sophia Saifi and James Griffiths, CNN
    Updated 11:43 AM ET, Wed October 31, 2018
    Pakistani Christian on death row acquitted

    Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN)Pakistan's Supreme Court has acquitted a Christian woman who has been on death row for almost eight years on blasphemy charges.
    Asia Bibi, a mother of five from Punjab province, was convicted of blasphemy in 2010 and sentenced to hang after she was accused of defiling the name of the Prophet Mohammed during an argument the year before with Muslim colleagues.
    The workers had refused to drink from a bucket of water Asia Bibi had touched because she was not Muslim. At the time, Asia Bibi said the case was a matter of women who didn't like her "taking revenge."
    She won her appeal against the conviction and subsequent death sentence on Wednesday...


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      Asia Bibi family being hunted 'house to house' in Pakistan
      Supporters appeal for family to be given asylum in Europe or north America
      Harriet Sherwood Religion correspondent
      Wed 21 Nov 2018 16.14 GMT
      Last modified on Wed 21 Nov 2018 20.05 GMT

      The family of Asia Bibi, the Christian woman who spent eight years on death row in Pakistan for blasphemy before being acquitted three weeks ago, claim they are being hunted by extremists going house to house with their photographs to try to track them down.

      Bibi?s family have been in hiding since her acquittal by the country?s supreme court. She is in protective custody as part of a deal between the government and a hardline Islamic party, under which violent protests were called off while a review of the court ruling was undertaken.

      Bibi?s lawyer, relatives and supporters have appealed for the family to be given asylum in a European or north American country. Several countries have indicated their willingness to offer a home, but nothing concrete has emerged...


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        Pakistan could now face more riots when the petition comes to court, which could be as early as this week. The issue has torn the country apart and two politicians who supported Asia have been assassinated. Punjab governor Salman Taseer was killed by his own bodyguard in January 2011. Three months later, Shahbaz Bhatti, the Minister for Minorities, himself a Christian, was killed by militants.

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