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Supporters of the Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan Islamist political party chant slogans after the supreme court overturned the conviction of a Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy. Photograph: Faisal Mahmood/Reuters

Protests by radical Islamists have apparently delayed the release of a Christian woman in Pakistan who was acquitted eight years after being sentenced(...)

Students of Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT), a wing of religious political party Pakistan Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), protest  following the supreme court decision to acquit Christian woman Asia Bibi of blasphemy, in Karachi on Thursday. Photograph:  Asif Hassan/AFP/Getty Images

Thousands of Islamist protesters have brought parts of Pakistan to a standstill, burning rickshaws, cars and lorries to protest against the acquittal (...)

Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi in an undated photo handed out by family in 2010. The supreme court has overturned her blasphemy conviction. Photograph: HO/Reuters

Pakistan’s supreme court on Wednesday freed a Christian woman from a death sentence for blasphemy against Islam and overturned her conviction, sparkin(...)

Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi in an undated photo handed out by family in 2010. The supreme court has overturned her blasphemy conviction. Photograph: HO/Reuters

Pakistan’s top court has acquitted a Christian woman who has been on death row since 2010 after she was accused of insulting Islam’s Prophet Muhammad.(...)

Imran Khan after casting his vote in the general election, in Islamabad, on Wednesday. As prime minister his top challenges will be to strengthen institutions and stamp out corruption. Photograph: Aamir Qureshi/AFP/Getty Images

Imran Khan doesn’t do self doubt. When the former cricketer claimed victory in Pakistan’s election in a live address to the nation, he appeared typica(...)

Imran Khan, head of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI), after casting his ballot at a polling station in Islamabad in Pakistan’s election on  Wednesday. Photograph:  T Mughal/EPA

For Pakistani cricket legend-turned-politician Imran Khan, his party’s first place in a national election, putting him on the brink of becoming the co(...)

Supporters of Imran Khan celebrate on a street in Lahore, Pakistan. Photograph: Asad Zaidi/Bloomberg

Early unofficial results give former cricket star Imran Khan and his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Party a commanding lead in the country’s general electio(...)

Supporters of Imran Khan, head of the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf  party, listen to his speech at an election rally in Karachi, Pakistan, in recent days. Pakistan is to hold general and provincial elections on  July 25th. Photograph: Shahzaib Akber/EPA

Two cats are fighting under a peepal tree in the gardens of the Punjab Club, a screeching whirl of black and ginger momentarily disturbing the genteel(...)

Sangita Muqsood in her room in the brick kiln where she works, near Lahore. Photograph: Lorraine Mallinder

So, who is Sangita Muqsood voting for? “Whoever you’re voting for,” says the 30-year-old brick maker, tongue in cheek. A lifetime making bricks from (...)

Imran Khan,  leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, addresses his supporters during an election campaign in Lahore, on  Monday. Photograph: KM Chaudary/AP

Imran Khan has embarked on a last-ditch series of election campaign rallies around Pakistan, with the former cricket star within striking distance of (...)

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