Pakistani’s top court has overruled the death sentence of a Christian woman convicted of blasphemy, a case that has divided the nation.
The case stemmed from an argument that Bibi had with a group of women workers eight years ago. The workers had refused to drink from a bucket of water Asia Bibi had touched because of her religion.
She consistently maintained her innocence, and has spent most of the past eight years in jail.
She won her appeal against the conviction and subsequent death sentence on Wednesday.
The landmark ruling has triggered violent protests by hardliners who support strong blasphemy laws.
Agitation against the verdict is being reported from Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar and Multan. Clashes with police have been reported.
The Red Zone in the capital Islamabad, where the Supreme Court is located, has cordoned off by police, and paramilitary forces have been deployed to keep protesters away from the court.
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