Pakistan arrests 150 over violence at blasphemy protests

Protests broke out in Pakistan after a Supreme Court decision that ordered the release of Asia Bibi, a Catholic mother of five who has been on death row since 2010 accused of blasphemy. (AP)
Updated 04 November 2018
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Pakistan arrests 150 over violence at blasphemy protests

  • Pakistan’s top court acquitted Asia Bibi on Wednesday in a move that infuriated hard-line Islamists
  • Protests died down after the government agreed to impose a travel ban on Bibi

MULTAN, Pakistan: Police in Pakistan say over 150 people have been arrested on charges of arson, vandalism and violence during the protests that erupted after a Christian woman was acquitted of blasphemy charges that carried the death penalty.
Senior police officer Nayab Haider said Sunday that police were using video clips to identify others involved in assaults, torching property and vehicles, and blocking highways.
Pakistan’s top court acquitted Asia Bibi on Wednesday in a move that infuriated hard-line Islamists, who held three days of nationwide protests demanding her execution. The Islamists ended the protests after the government agreed to impose a travel ban on Bibi and to allow her case to be reviewed.
Insulting Islam is punishable by death in Pakistan, and the mere rumor of doing so can incite lynchings.


Taliban kill 8 Afghan soldiers in attack on checkpoint

Updated 09 December 2018
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Taliban kill 8 Afghan soldiers in attack on checkpoint

  • Abdul Samad Salehi, a provincial council member, says the insurgents abducted another 10 soldiers in the attack late Saturday
  • Provincial police spokesman Mohibullah Mohib says three insurgents were killed and four others were wounded

KABUL, Afghanistan: An Afghan official says the Taliban have attacked an army checkpoint in the western Farah province, killing at least eight Afghan soldiers.
Abdul Samad Salehi, a provincial council member, says the insurgents abducted another 10 soldiers in the attack late Saturday.
Provincial police spokesman Mohibullah Mohib says three insurgents were killed and four others were wounded.
The Taliban, who control nearly half the country, carry out daily attacks mainly targeting security forces.