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Asia Bibi still imprisoned despite acquittal by Supreme Court

Pakistan Forward and AFP

ISLAMABAD -- One week after the country's highest court ordered her release, a Pakistani Christian who has spent eight years on death row for blasphemy was still in prison Wednesday (November 7), with no immediate prospect of freedom.

"Asia Bibi is in Multan jail ... We have not received orders to release her so far," Zawar Hussain Warraich, minister for prisons in Punjab Province, told AFP.

"Normally we receive orders in two days after the court judgment," he said. "As far as Asia Bibi is concerned, it has not happened yet."

Thousands of Islamists poured onto the streets in protest after Supreme Court judges overturned Bibi's conviction.

The violent protests and three-day standoff ended when Prime Minister Imran Khan's government agreed to allow a review of the court's ruling.

"The Supreme Court should issue a directive to send us her release orders," said Warraich. "We will release her as soon as we get it."

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