November 2, 2018 / 5:31 PM / in 18 days

Pakistani Islamist group to call off protests over freed Christian woman: spokesman

A supporter of the Tehrik-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP) Islamist political party, chants slogans with others during a protest, after the Supreme Court overturned the conviction of a Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy against Islam, in Lahore, Pakistan November 2, 2018. REUTERS/Mohsin Raza

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A Pakistani Islamist group said on Friday it will call off protests over the acquittal of a Christian woman who was facing hanging on blasphemy charges, striking a deal with the government to end three days of protests.

“We have reached on an agreement with the government,” Ejaz Ashrafi, spokesman for the ultra-Islamist Tehreek-e-Labaik (TLP) group, told Reuters. “An announcement will be made shortly by our leadership.”

On Wednesday, Pakistan’s Supreme Court overturned the conviction of Asia Bibi, a mother of five, and ordered her freed. She had been living on death row since 2010 after being convicted under Pakistan’s tough blasphemy laws.

Reporting by Asif Shahzad; writing by Drazen Jorgic; editing by David Stamp

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