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Pakistan Islamists protest for the second day after Christian liberation from blasphemy

KARACHI, Pakistan (Reuters) – Islamic protesters blocked roads in Pakistani metropolitan areas for a second day on Thursday and opposed…

KARACHI, Pakistan (Reuters) – Islamic protesters blocked roads in Pakistani metropolitan areas for a second day on Thursday and opposed a supreme court decision last day to detain a Christian woman on the death of blasphemy charges, the media said.

PHILPHOTO: A supporter of religious and political party Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) chants slogans with others after the Supreme Court ruled the conviction of a Christian woman sentenced to the death of blasphemy against Islam during protest in Karachi, Pakistan October 31

, 2018 REUTERS / Akhtar Soomro

Buttons of protesters from an extreme Islamic party blocked about 10 main roads in the southern city of Karachi and others in eastern Lahore, Geo TV and other channels said. Private schools in both quotes were closed, as in the capital.

Groups of about 200 demonstrators from the Tehreek-e-Labaik party sat under big tents and listened to speeches on two blocked roads in Karachi, a Reuters witness said.

In a speech, a TLP speaker urged supporters to light new fires if the police succeeded in attenuating burning tires and other objects they had already fired.

The protesters protested against the court’s decision to release Asiatic Bibi, a four-family who had lived on the line of death since 2010, as the first woman was sentenced to death by hanging over Pakistan’s harsh blasphemy laws.

Bibi was accused of making derogatory remarks about Islam after neighbors invaded their drinking water from their glass because she was not a Muslim.

However, a triple panel set up to hear the appeal led by Judge Saqib Nisar ruled the evidence was insufficient.

The case has broken Pakistan, where two politicians who tried to help Bibi were assassinated and ravaged Christians all over the world, with Pope Francis saying that he prayed personally for Bibi.

In a television-national broadcast late Wednesday, Prime Minister Imran Khan warned the protests that the government would act against any prolonged blockade.

“We do not allow any damage. We do not allow traffic to be blocked,” Khan said. “I appeal to you, do not push the state to the extent that it has to take action.”

Khan’s mission followed the comments of a leading leader of the Islamist TLP group, inviting Judges Nisar and the other two judges to be murdered.

“All three deserve to be killed,” said TLP founder Muhammad Afzal Qadri to a protest in Lahore. “Either their security, their driver or their chef should kill them. “

He also urged to upset Khan’s new government and urged army officers to stand up against the powerful military chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa.

Hafiz Saeed, an influential Islamist like the United States accused of being the main meeting of attacks in Mumbai in 2008 that killed 166, has been requesting protests after Friday afternoon prayers.

Another Islamic group, Milli Yakjehti Council, met also on Thursday to discuss Bibi’s case and can launch protests.

The place of residence at Bibi and her family is unclear and speculation is growing that she will leave Pakistan with her family, who has hid for much of the past eight years.

Writnig by Drazen Jorgic; Editing Clarence Fernandez

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