Daughters of woman on death row for blasphemy go to Canada

The daughters of a Christian woman who spent eight years on death row for blasphemy have been taken to Canada for safety ahead of a court hearing next week that could see her finally freed.

Asia Bibi is expected to join the girls abroad if Pakistan’s supreme court upholds its decision to quash her conviction for defaming the Prophet Mohammed during a row with fellow workers.

The daughters of the 51-year-old Catholic farmhand last month flew to Canada with their guardian, and diplomatic sources told ‘The Daily Telegraph’ that the country is a leading contender to take her if freed.

Pakistan’s supreme court quashed her original 2010 conviction and death sentence in October. But after days of protests by hardline Islamist clerics, Imran Khan, the prime minister, agreed to allow a petition against the decision to be heard on Tuesday.

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