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Pakistan court upholds acquittal of christian woman

Pakistan’s Supreme Court upheld the acquittal of a Christian woman who spent years on death row after being convicted of blasphemy, dismissing a petition filed by Islamists who have called for her execution.

Asia Bibi, was convicted in 2010 of making derogatory remarks about Islam after neighbors working in the fields with her did not want her to her drinking water from their glass because she was not Muslim.

Her conviction was overturned in October, prompting protests from religious extremists calling for her death and demanding that the government prevent her from leaving the country.

Under pressure from days of protests in Islamabad, and other cities, the government agreed to stop Bibi leaving the country until the Supreme Court heard a review petition.

Bibi, who spent eight years on death row, has been in hiding since the Supreme Court freed her in October. She has always denied committing blasphemy.

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