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Pakistan orders release of cleric who led Asia Bibi protests

Lahore - A Pakistani court has ordered the release on bail of a hardline cleric who last year paralysed the country by orchestrating violent protests against the acquittal of Asia Bibi, a Christian accused of blasphemy, his organisation said Tuesday.

Pakistan's muted response as Asia Bibi flees to Canada

Islamabad - After 10 years of political turmoil, assassinations and violent demonstrations, Asia Bibi's exit from Pakistan was met largely with silence, as the country appeared to seek a quiet close to a turbulent chapter.

Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi flees to Canada after blasphemy saga

Ottawa - Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman who escaped a death sentence for blasphemy, began a new life in Canada Wednesday following a decade-long saga that sparked violent unrest and spotlighted religious extremism in her home country.

Crackdown on hardliners as Pakistan detains blasphemy protest cleric

Islamabad - Pakistani police Saturday arrested hundreds of supporters of a hardline cleric whose party recently paralysed the country with violent protests over the acquittal of a Christian woman accused of blasphemy.

Crackdown on hardliners as Pakistan detains blasphemy protest cleric

Islamabad - Pakistan authorities launched a crackdown Saturday against hundreds of supporters of a hardline cleric whose party recently paralysed the country with violent protests over the acquittal of a Christian woman accused of blasphemy.

Asia Bibi: Pakistani Christian woman in limbo after blasphemy verdict

Islamabad - A week after being freed from jail, Asia Bibi -- a Pakistani Christian woman on death row for eight years for blasphemy -- remains in limbo, with negotiations apparently under way to allow her to leave the country despite objections from Islamist hardl...

Pakistan blasphemy Christian still in jail one week on

Islamabad - One week after the country's highest court ordered her release, a Pakistani Christian who has spent eight years on death row for blasphemy was still in prison Wednesday, with no immediate prospect of freedom.

Pakistan PM under fire for deal with hardliners in blasphemy row

Islamabad - Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan will return home to a deepening political crisis Monday, with pressure mounting over a deal struck with Islamists hardliners that analysts say has eroded faith in his government.

Asia Bibi: the Pakistani Christian acquitted of blasphemy

Islamabad - For the majority of Asia Bibi's life she lived in obscurity like many of Pakistan's downtrodden Christian minority, until a blasphemy allegation saw her sentenced to death in a case that divided the nation.

Ireland votes to lift blasphemy ban

Dublin - Ireland has voted to lift a rarely enforced constitutional ban on blasphemy in the latest secular reform for the once staunchly Catholic country, referendum results showed on Saturday.

Ireland votes to lift blasphemy ban: exit polls

Dublin - Irish voters overwhelmingly backed the lifting of a constitutional ban on blasphemy, exit polls said Saturday, the latest reform relaxing the devout nation's historic ties to the Catholic Church.

Ireland votes on historic blasphemy ban

Dublin - Irish voters were deciding Friday whether to repeal a ban on blasphemy -- the latest potential reform distancing the once-devout nation from its Catholic past.

Family of Pakistani Christian on death row pray for freedom

London - The family of Asia Bibi, a Christian mother who faces becoming the first person to be executed for blasphemy in Pakistan, said they hoped the Supreme Court would free her.

Hardliners threaten judges as Pakistan awaits blasphemy ruling

Islamabad - Religious hardliners in Pakistan Wednesday threatened judges and announced protests as the country awaits a Supreme Court ruling on the fate of a Christian woman who faces becoming the first person to be executed for blasphemy.

Pakistan Christian in last appeal on blasphemy death sentence

Islamabad - Pakistan's Supreme Court said it had reached a judgement Monday after hearing the final appeal of a Christian mother on death row for blasphemy, but that it will announce its ruling later in the notorious case, which has gone all the way to the Vatican...

Pakistan court hears last appeal of Christian facing blasphemy execution

Islamabad - Pakistan's Supreme Court said it had reached a judgement Monday after hearing the final appeal of a Christian mother on death row for blasphemy, but that it will announce its ruling later in the notorious case, which has gone all the way to the Vatican...

Date set for Irish blasphemy referendum

Dublin - Ireland will hold a referendum on October 26 to repeal its constitutional law forbidding blasphemy, Dublin announced on Friday.

Pakistan court hands out death sentence over blasphemy lynching

Haripur - A Pakistani court sentenced one person to death and five others to life imprisonment on Wednesday for lynching a student accused of blasphemy, a crime which sent shockwaves through the conservative Muslim country.

Pakistan teacher describes facing mob that lynched student

Peshawar - A teacher has described the moment he was turned on by a Pakistani mob as it lynched a liberal student in a deadly attack which has triggered shock, outrage and fear across the country.

Pakistan teacher describes facing mob that lynched student

Peshawar - A teacher has described the moment he was turned on by a Pakistani mob as it lynched a liberal student in a deadly attack which has triggered shock, outrage and fear across the country.

Pakistan teacher describes facing mob that lynched student

Peshawar - A teacher has described the moment he was turned on by a Pakistani mob as it lynched a liberal student in a deadly attack which has triggered shock, outrage and fear across the country.

Pakistan police arrest 22 over 'blasphemy' mob killing

Peshawar - Pakistan police announced Monday they had arrested 22 people after the lynching of a university student accused of blasphemy, but observers said there was little hope authorities would secure convictions.

Pakistan police arrest 22 over 'blasphemy' mob killing

Peshawar - Pakistan police announced Monday they had arrested 22 people after the lynching of a university student accused of blasphemy, but observers said there was little hope authorities would secure convictions.

Pakistan police arrest 22 over 'blasphemy' mob killing

Peshawar - Pakistan police announced Monday they had arrested 22 people after the lynching of a university student accused of blasphemy, but observers said there was little hope authorities would secure convictions.

Eight charged over Pakistani liberal student's lynching

Peshawar - Eight Pakistanis involved in the mob lynching of a fellow university student over his liberal views were charged with murder and terrorism on Saturday, court officials said, as condemnation grew.

Eight charged over Pakistani liberal student's lynching

Peshawar - Eight Pakistanis involved in the mob lynching of a fellow university student over his liberal views were charged with murder and terrorism on Saturday, court officials said, as condemnation grew.

Eight charged over Pakistani liberal student's lynching

Peshawar - Eight Pakistanis involved in the mob lynching of a fellow university student over his liberal views were charged with murder and terrorism on Saturday, court officials said, as condemnation grew.

Pakistan threatens to block social media over 'blasphemy'

Islamabad - A Pakistani court has ordered the government to open an investigation into online "blasphemy", threatening to ban social media networks if they failed to censor content deemed insulting to Islam, lawyers said Thursday.

Pakistan delays blasphemy appeal after judge steps down

Islamabad - Pakistan's Supreme Court delayed an appeal into a notorious blasphemy case against a Christian mother on death row Thursday after one of the judges stepped down, with thousands of security forces deployed following threats from Muslim clerics.

Fear, faith in Pakistan as Christian mother appeals death sentence

Lahore - A life and death countdown has begun in Pakistan, where the Supreme Court is due to hear a final appeal against the execution of a Christian woman for blasphemy.
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