By Mushtaq Yusufzai and Linda Givetash
PESHAWAR, Pakistan — A Christian woman’s fate hung in the balance on Thursday as Pakistan’s Supreme Court prepared to announce whether she would be executed under the country’s controversial blasphemy laws.
Demonstrators were out in the streets of Lahore last week demanding judges uphold the death penalty for Asia Bibi. Chanting “Hang infidel Asia,” activists from the Tehreek-e-Labbaik party also rallied in other cities Friday, threatening wider protests if she is freed.
The mother of five was convicted in 2010 for insulting Islam’s Prophet Muhammad during an argument and remains on death row while appealing the case.
Bibi’s lawyer Saiful Malook told NBC News he couldn’t comment on the details of the case as a verdict on the appeal is imminent. Malook wouldn’t comment on rumors that he faces death threats for defending Bibi but said the jailed woman’s family has moved to the United Kingdom.
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