Supporters of the Tehrik-e-Labaik Pakistan party chant slogans as they set ablaze tyres to block the road after the Supreme Court overturned the conviction of a Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy against Islam, during a protest in Karachi, Pakistan October 31, 2018.
Bibi appeared to be in state of disbelief after hearing that Pakistan's Chief Justice Saqib Nisar had quashed her conviction almost eight years after she was first sentenced to death.
"....this appeal is allowed". She had moved the Supreme Court against her conviction. A three-member bench headed by the top judge and comprising Justice Asif Saeed Khosa and Justice Mazhar Alam Khan Miankhel directed authorities to release Aasia Bibi from prison.
According to available information, Aasiya Bibi also known as Asia Bibi was allegedly involved in an argument with a group of Muslim women with whom she had been harvesting berries after the other women objected to a non-Muslim touching the bowl in which she fetched water.
Bibi was convicted of blasphemy and sentenced to death in 2010, despite her advocates maintaining her innocence and insisting the accusers held grudges against her.
The group's emir for the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province said: "The objective of this protest is to raise awareness that if any such judgment is delivered in this sensitive case that grants concessions to the blasphemer Asia, then we will protest all over the country".
A trial court sentenced Bibi to death on complaints that she had insulted Islam and the prophet Muhammad.
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The Vatican had also appealed and called for the release of Ms Bibi, and Pope Francis met with her husband, Ashiq Masih, and daughter earlier this year. At the time, Asia Bibi said the case was a matter of women who didn't like her "taking revenge".
Street protests and blockades of major roads were spreading by mid-afternoon, paralysing parts of Islamabad, Lahore and other cities.
Critics of the blasphemy law have said it is used to settle personal scores or to attack minority communities.
Bibi's legal team have claimed the row started when she got into a dispute with her neighbours.
Her appeal case is now pending with the Supreme Court of Pakistan. The two Muslim women who pressed charges against Bibi denied they quarreled with her, saying her outbursts against Islam were unprovoked. In 2011, Salman Taseer, the governor of Punjab province was shot and killed by one of his elite guards for defending Bibi and criticizing misuse of the blasphemy law.
Ahmad cited one report that said "the lovers of Prophet Muhammad were seen to be extremely agitated and were demanding that the blasphemer Asia be hanged". However, officials had yet to say if there was any security arrangements for her protection or if she was planning to leave Pakistan.