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Asia Bibi plans to leave Pakistan

Asia Bibi, a Catholic woman who was yesterday acquitted after eight years on death row for blasphemy, plans to leave Pakistan as radical Islamists hold rallies against her.

Ms Bibi’s brother said she would leave Pakistan after her formal release from an undisclosed place where she is being held for security reasons.

James Masih said his sister is not safe in Pakistan and that paperwork for her release and departure to an unspecified country was being processed.

Mr Masih would not say where Ms Bibi plans to go.

France and Spain have offered asylum.

Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Wednesday overturned Ms Bibi’s 2010 conviction for insulting Islam’s Prophet Muhammad.

Her acquittal raised fears of violence as religious extremists hold angry protests over the verdict, blocking roads and rallying for the second day.

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Picture: Asia Bibi (British Pakistani Christian Association).