Prime Minister Imran Khan Address to Nation

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According to officials, Bibi might be flown out of Pakistan due to threat to her life.

Her case has outraged Christians worldwide and been a source of division within Pakistan, where two politicians who sought to help Ms Bibi were assassinated. She was convicted in 2010 by a trial court and her death sentence was maintained by the Lahore High Court in 2014.

Pakistan's most senior judges have been praised for their courage in overturning a death sentence passed on a Christian woman for insulting the Prophet Muhammad. She has been held at an undisclosed location for security reasons and is expected to leave the country.

Islamists were to hold nationwide rallies after Friday's prayers, stoking fears of violence.

Pakistani lawyers who are contesting the case against Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman convicted of blasphemy, speaks to media outside the Supreme court, in Islamabad, Pakistan, on October 31, 2018. Authorities deployed paramilitary troops, signalling that they could move in to clear the roads.

Such protests will distract Prime Minister Imran Khan's government, which is attempting to deal with an economy in crisis owing to dwindling finances.

Among those calling for Ms Bibi to be publicly hanged is a local cleric who had raised the initial blasphemy charges against her, who has petitioned to the Supreme Court to reverse the acquittal, which was decided on Wednesday.

Mr Taseer had also called for Ms Bibi's release. Pakistan's Supreme Court has not been known to reverse its decisions but court reviews typically take years.

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Rights groups say the blasphemy law is exploited by religious extremists as well as ordinary Pakistanis to settle personal scores. And we ask each and every one of you to please pray for Asia Bibi's safety as you rejoice at her release.

It is not clear where she will go as several countries, including Canada, have offered asylum to her.

Prime Minister Imran Khan's new government should use this opportunity to amend and ultimately repeal a blasphemy law that has, too often, been used against Pakistan's most marginalized and most vulnerable.

Khan condemned the protesting groups on Wednesday after cleric Afzal Qadri urged supporters to kill the three judges who acquitted Bibi, revolt against army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa and overthrow Khan's government.

The Tehrik-e Labaik Pakistan (TLP) party said its talks with the government have failed and called on its followers to get ready for a confrontation with police. Not only that, the government has apparently chose to file a review against the Supreme Court's decision!

"Let this legal process be completed first", he told state-run Pakistan Television. Hundreds also blocked another key motorway, linking Islamabad with other major cities.

Asia Bibi was convicted in 2010 after being accused of insulting the Prophet Muhammad in a row with her neighbours. In her biography, Blasphemy: A Memoir, Bibi explains the day "my life fell apart, one Sunday in June".

Barnabas Fund has been providing monthly food parcels for Aasia Bibi's family for many years, as her father is unable to work because he is in hiding as a likely target for assassination being the husband of an alleged "blasphemer".

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