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Asia Bibi freed from jail

Asia Bibi, a mother-of-five, was released from prison in the city of Multan..

Asia Bibi, a mother-of-five, was released from prison in the city of Multan..

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

Some reports say Asia Bibi has boarded a plane but its destination was not known.

The Supreme Court ruling sparked protests from Islamists and the government had said it would bar her from leaving Pakistan.

Her husband had said they were in danger and pleaded for asylum.

Bibi spent eight years on death row after being convicted of blasphemy. Even after her sentence was commuted, she was forced to remain in the same jail due to concerns over her safety.

Despite calls by protestors to place Bibi on the country’s exit control list, she is legally free to leave the country.

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Her acquittal in October prompted violent protests orchestrated by the Islamist movement Tehreek-e-Labbaik (TLP), The protests were later subdued through a deal reached between the Pakistani government and the TLP — with the government agreeing not to oppose a review petition filed against the Supreme Court’s judgment.

The government also pledged not to oppose a TLP application to add Bibi to a list preventing her from leaving the country, and the government agreed to release everyone detained in connection with the protests.

Asia Bibi, a mother-of-five, was released from prison in the city of Multan, her lawyer Saif Mulook said.

Also known as Asia Noreen, she was convicted in 2010 of insulting the Prophet Muhammad during a row with neighbours.

Several countries have offered her asylum.


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