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Renewed Hope for Asia Bibi as Pakistan Acquits Second Christian of Blasphemy

(UPDATED) More acquittals and releases could be good sign for jailed mother of five, Pakistan's first woman sentenced to death for blasphemy.

Update (July 1): World Watch Monitor (WWM) reports that Pakistan has acquitted yet another Christian pastor accused of blasphemy, even as Asia Bibi spends her fourth year in prison while waiting for her appeal to be heard.

WWM says the latest acquittal came in a low-profile case, much unlike the case against Bibi, who remains the only woman sentenced to the death penalty for blasphemy in Pakistan.


Update (Feb. 26): Morning Star News reports another rare instance in which a Christian accused of blasphemy in Pakistan has escaped sentencing on charges of blasphemy—at least for now.

Morning Star reports, "The complainant in Karma Patras' case, Syed Zulqarnain Shah, stated on Thursday (Feb. 21) in Sangla Hill Judicial Magisterial Court that he had mistakenly accused Patras of committing blasphemy against Islam and that he would have no objection if the pastor were released on bail."

However, because the Shah is not the official plaintiff in the case, Patras could still ...

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