ISLAMABAD — A Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy faces a final legal hurdle in Pakistan's Supreme Court on Tuesday that could guarantee her freedom, allowing her to join her daughters, who have fled to Canada where they have been given asylum.
The hearing is expected to go in favour of Aasia Bibi, who spent eight years on death row before being acquitted Oct. 31, said her lawyer Saiful Malook.
Following her acquittal, radical religious parties took to the streets to protest, calling for the judges' deaths and the overthrow of Prime Minister Imran Khan's government and filing an 11th hour appeal to review the Supreme Court acquittal.
The protests have been spearheaded by the radical Tehreek-e-Labbaik party, whose single point agenda is protection of Islam's prophet Mohammad.
Bibi's case goes to the core of one of Pakistan's most controversial issues — the blasphemy law, often used to settle scores or intimidate followers of minority religions, including minority Shiite Muslims. A charge of insulting Islam can bring the death penalty.