Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi is free at last

Asia Bibi, the Pakistani Christian who spent eight years on death row after being charged with blasphemy against the prophet Mohammed has finally been released from custody and has arrived safely in Canada.

Last year, her death sentence was overturned by the Pakistani Supreme Court, but Ms Bibi was kept in custody when the ruling sparked violent protests by Islamic extremists.

Paul Coleman, Executive Director of the law firm ADF International, welcomed her release, but cautioned that many other Christians and other religious minorities in Pakistan continue to face severe persecution and denial of their fundamental rights.