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Pakistan: Acquittal of death-row Christian woman sparks chaos in Karachi01:27

Pakistan: Acquittal of death-row Christian woman sparks chaos in Karachi

Pakistan, Karachi
February 1, 2019 at 16:48 GMT +00:00 · Published

Tensions erupted between police and followers of the Tehreek-e-Labbaik party in Karachi on Friday, during a rally held against the acquittal of Pakistani Christian woman Asia Bibi, who was condemned to death for blasphemy.

Tehreek-e-Labbaik has called for fresh nationwide rallies against the Supreme Court decision to uphold the acquittal. Protesters faced off with police in the port city of Karachi and property damage has been reported.

Asia Noreen, who became known as Asia Bibi, was sentenced to death in 2010 for allegedly making derogatory remarks about the Prophet Muhammad during a dispute with co-workers. The dispute arose after she was reprimanded for drinking water from her neighbour's glass because she is not a Muslim.

After spending most of the last eight years in solitary confinement, Pakistan's Supreme Court overturned her conviction and then threw out a petition for its reversal. According to reports, after her release Bibi and her family moved to Canada.

Pakistan: Acquittal of death-row Christian woman sparks chaos in Karachi01:27
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Tensions erupted between police and followers of the Tehreek-e-Labbaik party in Karachi on Friday, during a rally held against the acquittal of Pakistani Christian woman Asia Bibi, who was condemned to death for blasphemy.

Tehreek-e-Labbaik has called for fresh nationwide rallies against the Supreme Court decision to uphold the acquittal. Protesters faced off with police in the port city of Karachi and property damage has been reported.

Asia Noreen, who became known as Asia Bibi, was sentenced to death in 2010 for allegedly making derogatory remarks about the Prophet Muhammad during a dispute with co-workers. The dispute arose after she was reprimanded for drinking water from her neighbour's glass because she is not a Muslim.

After spending most of the last eight years in solitary confinement, Pakistan's Supreme Court overturned her conviction and then threw out a petition for its reversal. According to reports, after her release Bibi and her family moved to Canada.

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