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Pakistan frees Christian woman Asia Bibi

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Pakistanis protesting against Asia Bibi's acquittal: Asia Bibi's acquittal sparked protests by Islamists © EPA Asia Bibi's acquittal sparked protests by Islamists

A Pakistani Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy after eight years on death row has been freed from prison, her lawyer has told the BBC.

Saif ul Malook told AFP that Asia Bibi was "on a plane but no one knows where she is landing".

Asia Bibi's acquittal sparked violent protests and the government agreed to bar her from leaving the country.

Her husband has said they are in great danger in Pakistan and pleaded for asylum in the UK, US or Canada.

A prison official told AFP that the order to release her had been sent to the prison in the city of Multan, where she was being held.

Asia Noreen - commonly known as Asia Bibi - was convicted in 2010 of insulting the Prophet Muhammad during a row with neighbours.

Several countries have offered her asylum.

However, the Pakistani government has said it will start legal proceedings to prevent her leaving the country.

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