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Pakistan Supreme Court To Hear Christian Woman's Blasphemy Case

Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman who has been sentenced to death for blasphemy. (file photo)

Pakistan's Supreme Court has suspended the execution of a Christian woman convicted of blasphemy.

Asia Bibi’s lawyer said the court will soon begin hearing an appeal against her conviction.

Bibi, a mother of five, was arrested in 2009.

She has been on death row since November 2010 after she was found guilty of making derogatory remarks about the Prophet Muhammad during an argument with a Muslim woman.

Bibi's death sentence was confirmed in October 2014 by the high court in the eastern city of Lahore.

The case brought international criticism of Pakistan's blasphemy laws, which were introduced in the 1980s.

Rights activists have urged Pakistan to repeal the legislation, arguing it is often used to settle personal disputes.

The issue is so sensitive that even unproven allegations can provoke mob violence.

Based on reporting by Reuters, AFP, and dpa