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Pakistan's Christians living in fear after blasphemy row
It might be best, the policeman advised, if the mainly Christian residents closed their shops, went home and laid low in case there was trouble. As the decision sparked off nationwide protests that brought the country to a halt for three days, the slum's new church was closed and services cancelled, while the congregation warily watched the demonstrations unfold. More than a fortnight after Mrs Bibi, a Catholic farmhand, was acquitted of defaming the Prophet Mohammed, she is still hiding in legal limbo, awaiting asylum in the West. Her case also hangs uncomfortably over the country's Christians. The violent reaction to a supreme court ruling to free the mother of five has once again highlighted the country's harsh blasphemy laws, but has also reminded many of Pakistan's Christians of how vulnerable they are.