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Pak SC acquits Asia Bibi who was sentenced to death for blasphemy

Islamabad, Oct 31 (IENews) Pakistan Supreme Court on Wednesday acquitted Asia Bibi, a Christian woman who was sentenced to death in 2010 on blasphemy charges, after accepting her 2015 appeal against the punishment.

A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar announced the verdict here.

The bench overturned the Lahore High Court’s judgment in the case under which Asia Bibi was awarded death sentence.

She was convicted after being accused of insulting the Prophet Muhammad in a row with her neighbours.

The appeal challenged the Lahore High Court’s October 2014 verdict upholding a trial court’s November 2010 decision sentencing Bibi to death for committing blasphemy in 2009, Pakistan daily Dawn said.

“The appeal is allowed. She has been acquitted. The judgement of high court as well as trial court is reversed. Her conviction is set aside,” said Justice Nisar in the ruling.

“Her conviction is set aside and she is to be relieved forthwith if not required in other charges,” he added.

The 56-page detailed judgement has been authored by CJP Nisar, with a separate concurrent opinion note from Justice Khosa.

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