Asia Bibi, Acquitted of Blasphemy, Leaves Pakistan
Following the reversal last year of her conviction for blasphemy, Bibi has flown to Canada to reunite with her family. The Christian woman was sentenced to death in 2010 for allegedly insulting the Prophet Muhammad, but always maintained her innocence. The case had polarized Pakistan, with liberals supporting the Supreme Court’s decision and hard-line religious conservatives threatening retribution against Bibi and her supporters.
What’s the bigger picture? Blasphemy remains a highly sensitive issue in Pakistan, and critics say such allegations — even if they’re false — are often leveled to settle personal disputes.
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