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HASSAN: Let's welcome Bibi, victim of blasphemy laws, to Canada

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Back in 2010, Asia Bibi, a woman from the Christian minority in rural Pakistan, was convicted of insulting the prophet Mohammed after getting into an argument with neighbours the previous year. She had been in jail ever since, most of this time in solitary confinement. She is now 47.

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court of Pakistan overturned her conviction and she has been freed. However, the decision has infuriated hardliners, who have always insisted she should have been executed. The BBC reports that Muhammad Afzal Qadri, leader of the radical Tehreek-i-Labaik party, has said the three judges who delivered the decision “deserve to be killed.”

Saif ul Malook, Bibi’s lawyer, rejoices in his client’s new freedom, but he suggests she is likely to leave the country for somewhere she feels safe. Perhaps he should do the same,........

© Toronto Sun