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Pakistanís Supreme Court acquits Asia Bibi, a Christian woman on death row for blasphemy
Pittsburgh Post Gazette ^ | 11/01/2018 | ZARAR KHAN AND MUNIR AHMED Associated Press

Posted on 11/01/2018 12:49:49 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

ISLAMABAD — A Christian woman who spent eight years on death row under Pakistan’s blasphemy law was acquitted and ordered released Wednesday by the country’s top court, a ruling that raised fears of violence by religious extremists who held angry protests over the verdict.

Asia Ms. Bibi was in an undisclosed location for her safety, and her lawyer said he expected that she would soon leave the country. France and Spain have offered asylum to the 54-year-old mother of five, who is a Roman Catholic.

Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, who had received death threats, announced the landmark verdict that fully overturned her 2010 conviction to a packed courtroom amid increased security.

Thousands of supporters of the Tehreek-e-Labbaik party, led by firebrand cleric Khadim Hussain Rizvi, took to the streets in protests, demanding Ms. Bibi’s public execution. Mr. Rizvi has turned out tens of thousands of supporters before, often forcing authorities to bow to his demands on religious matters.

Hundreds of Islamists blocked a road linking the city of Rawalpindi with the capital, Islamabad, and protests were held in Karachi, Peshawar and other cities. In the eastern city of Multan, police arrested several demonstrators after clashes.

Security forces moved quickly, deploying outside churches to protect minority Christians and urging demonstrators elsewhere to disperse peacefully. Commandos were sent to protect Justice Nisar and the other two judges of the Supreme Court after a cleric in the eastern city of Lahore urged religious extremists to kill them.

The outburst over the divisive blasphemy law prompted Prime Minister Imran Khan to go on national TV to guarantee their safety and criticize those who made verbal attacks on Pakistan’s institutions, including his government.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: asiabibi; blasphemy; pakistan; supremecourt

1 posted on 11/01/2018 12:49:49 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Now there’s a valid case of a refugee seeking asylum. Quite the contrast to the idiotic claims about the “caravan.”


2 posted on 11/01/2018 12:51:54 PM PDT by noiseman (The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.`)
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To: SeekAndFind

Related, from 10/9:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3695123/posts


3 posted on 11/01/2018 12:54:02 PM PDT by upchuck (Definition of a Republican registered to vote but doesn't on Nov 6: A DEMOCRAT!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Odds that she will be assassinated within “x” timeframe?


4 posted on 11/01/2018 12:59:33 PM PDT by Darksheare (Those who support liberal "Republicans" summarily support every action by same.)
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To: SeekAndFind

If the only choice is moving to Spain or France, she should move to Spain. France has already surrendered much of it’s land to exclusively Muslim residents. Britain and Germany are on the same track. I don’t know if that trend could be reversed in my lifetime. I’m in my 60’s now.


5 posted on 11/01/2018 1:05:49 PM PDT by lee martell (AT)
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To: SeekAndFind

islam is a totalitarian death cult founded by a child rapist.


6 posted on 11/01/2018 1:12:11 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Join the #nationalprogressivecaucus #MOB and #Resist! just like everyone else.)
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News about her acquittal was posted on 10-31:

Pakistan acquits Christian woman facing death for blasphemy
Fox News ^ | Oct. 31, 2018 | ZARAR KHAN

Posted on 10/31/2018, 4:35:36 AM by Leaning Right

Pakistan’s top court on Wednesday acquitted a Christian woman who was sentenced to death in 2010 on blasphemy charges, a landmark ruling that could ignite mass protests or violence by hard-line Islamists.

Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar announced the verdict to a packed courtroom and ordered Asia Bibi released. She has been held at an undisclosed location for security reasons and is expected to leave the country.

The charges against Bibi date back to a hot day in 2009 when she went to get water for her and her fellow farmworkers. Two Muslim women refused to drink from a container used by a Christian. A few days later, a mob accused her of blasphemy. She was convicted and sentenced to death.

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Let’s pray she and her family will be able to get out of Pakistan and settle in a place of safety and where they can serve the Lord.


7 posted on 11/01/2018 1:43:36 PM PDT by TurkeyLurkey
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Christians all over the world had been praying for her release for years and are overjoyed at this news. Hopefully the authorities can get Asia and her family safely out of the country!


8 posted on 11/01/2018 1:53:37 PM PDT by plushaye (Kat Kerr Presidential Prophecy: Trump (2 terms), Pence (2 terms), Pence's VP (2 terms))
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To: SeekAndFind

I notice that UN human right group never said a word on this kind of blatantly human right violation. Death penalty because she fetched water to her thirsty workers who happen to be Muslims?! What a shithole Pakistan is


9 posted on 11/01/2018 2:16:22 PM PDT by Lee25
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To: SeekAndFind

If she is freed she will be dead very soon.


10 posted on 11/01/2018 3:04:18 PM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah so shall it be again,")
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To: SeekAndFind

If she got an acquittal, now is the time to get out of PAKILAND.


11 posted on 11/01/2018 4:55:49 PM PDT by 5th MEB (Progressives in the open; --- FIRE FOR EFFECT!!)
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RE: If she got an acquittal, now is the time to get out of PAKILAND.

I concur. PRECISELY what you said.... An Acquittal does not mean she’s out of danger. Too many fanatics want her head. They’ll kill her extra judicially if they have to.

This is a good case where granting refugee status is more than appropriate.


12 posted on 11/01/2018 7:07:48 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (look at Michigan, it will)
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13 posted on 11/02/2018 7:06:04 AM PDT by SJackson (The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself)
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To: SeekAndFind

A real refugee deserving asylum. I’d gladly chip in on a plane ticket.


14 posted on 11/02/2018 7:41:13 AM PDT by CrazyIvan (A gentleman arms himself for the protection of others.)
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