Full text of Supreme Court’s judgement in Aasia Bibi case

Aasia Bibi

He said: "The appeal is allowed". Consequently, the conviction as also the sentence of death awarded to the appellant is set aside and she is acquitted of the charge.

Asia Bibi's case drew the attention of global rights groups and swiftly became the most high-profile in the country.

If her death sentence had been carried out, Bibi would have been the first person executed by the state under the blasphemy laws.

The allegations against Bibi date back to June 2009, when she was labouring in a field and a row broke out with some Muslim women who alleged that she committed blasphemy against Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him).

The women went to a local cleric and accused Ms Bibi of blasphemy against the Prophet Mohammed, a charge punishable by death under colonial-era legislation.

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To this, Justice Khosa had remarked, "From your statements we have gathered that the Imam himself did not witness the incident as it happened and no blasphemous words were said in his presence".

Moderate Muslims have always ruled Pakistan but right-wing religious groups - despite having little presence in the country's parliament - have blocked moves to amend controversial legislation impacting non-Muslims or women.

Her neighbours then attacked her mob-handed, spitting in her face and beating her in front of her nine-year-old daughter, Eisham.

"The verdict has shown that the poor, the minorities and the lowest segments of society can get justice in this country despite its shortcomings", Bibi's lawyer Saif-ul-Mulook said.

Extra forces have been deployed in sensitive areas, such as diplomatic enclaves, and hundreds of police and para-military personnel are guarding the Supreme Court.

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The Supreme Court's verdict was officially decided on October 8, but not publicly announced until Wednesday.

The governor of Punjab province, Salmaan Taseer, was murdered in 2011 after he spoke in defence of Bibi and called for reform of blasphemy laws. The chief justice had also directed news channels to not discuss the case.

Supporters from an extremist Islamist party protest against freeing Asia Bibi. The women said that because she had drunk from a cup they could no longer use it, as her faith had made it unclean.

At least 1,472 people were charged under Pakistan's blasphemy laws between 1987 and 2016, according to statistics collected by the Center for Social Justice, a Lahore-based group.

Bibi's legal team celebrated the court's decision amid beefed-up security in Islamabad after religious hardliners had vowed to protest any acquittal of the case.

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