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Supreme Court dismisses appeal challenging Aasia Bibi’s acquittal

The Supreme Court has dismissed the review petition against the acquittal of Aasia Bibi. 

The case was heard by a three-member bench, comprising Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, Justice Qazi Faez Isa and Justice Mazhar Alam Khan Miankhel.

Qari Muhammad Salaam, who submitted the review petition, requested the court maintain the death sentence awarded to her by a trial court. Salaam, who lives in a village near Nankana Sahib, had filed a case against Aasia Bibi and accused her of blasphemy.

Aasia Bibi had spent eight years on death row and was cleared of blasphemy charges by the Supreme Court last October.

Violent protesters took to the streets in various cities of the country following her acquittal.

She was released from jail on November 7 and is currently being kept at a secure location for security reasons. Her lawyer, Saiful Malook, who had left Pakistan after receiving death threats, has come back to the country for the hearing.

“This is a frivolous petition and they should be fined for even filing it. I expect the hearing will be completed within minutes and the petition will be dismissed,” Malook told Al Jazeera.

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