The acquittal of Asia Bibi provided the new government in Pakistan an opportunity to protect and uphold the rights of religious minorities/ communities and ensure that they can live in peace. Unfortu
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The acquittal of Asia Bibi is a bittersweet victory. Of course, we here at Daily Times, welcome the news that she has been acquitted of blasphemy by the highest court in the land; thereby proving her innocence beyond all reasonable doubt. And though this will not bring back Salmaan Taseer or Shahbaz Bhatti — it …
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The Asia Bibi blasphemy case involves a Pakistani Christian woman, Aasiya Noreen (born 1971; better known as Asia Bibi), convicted of blasphemy by a Pakistani court, receiving a sentence of death by hanging in 2010. In June 2009, Noreen was involved in an argument with a group of Muslim women with whom she had been harvesting berries after the other women grew angry with her for drinking the same water as them. She was subsequently accused of insulting the Islamic prophet Muhammad, a charge she denies, and was arrested and imprisoned. In November 2010, a Sheikhupura judge sentenced her to death. If executed, Noreen would be the first woman in Pakistan to be lawfully killed for blasphemy.
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