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Ahead of blasphemy related judgement, Pakistani cities witness rallies

It is said to be one of the biggest of several in cities across Pakistan.

In Pakistan’s Lahore, thousands of Islamist hardliners protested as the country awaits a pivotal ruling in the country’s most notorious blasphemy case.

The case is of a Christian mother who has been on death row since 2010.

The rally has been organised by anti-blasphemy party Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP).

It is said to be one of the biggest of several in cities across Pakistan.

The Islamists are demanding the execution of Asia Bibi be carried out, days after Pakistan’s Supreme Court heard
her final appeal.

Bibi is at the centre of the high-profile case which has divided Pakistan and drawn prayers from the Vatican.

A Christian labourer, she was accused of blasphemy against the Prophet Mohammed in 2009 by Muslim women she was working with in a field.

Successive appeals against Bibi’s conviction have failed.

Pope Benedict XVI joined in international calls for Bibi’s release in 2010. In 2015 her daughter met with Pope Francis.

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