The UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office has issued a warning about protests across Pakistan as the Supreme Court decides the fate of a Christian woman accused of blasphemy.

Asia Bibi has been on death row since 2010 and the Supreme Court heard her last appeal on Monday. She has been accused of blasphemy after arguing with three Muslim women who did not want to share a water glass with her while working in a field near Lahore.

AFP reports that ‘Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP), a hardline religious political party — which had a strong showing in nationwide elections earlier this year — said in a press conference aired via YouTube that if she was freed the justices responsible would meet a “horrible” end.‘ They also called for mass protests today (Friday).

Advice

  • You should avoid demonstrations, large crowds of people and public events.
  • Review your travel risk management plan, so you know what to do in an emergency.
  • Make sure you have the contact information of your travel insurance company and your local embassy stored in a secure offline location.
  • Monitor local media.
  • Keep your devices charged.
  • Check in with friends and family.
  • If something does happen, contact the local embassy as soon as it is safe to do so.

Official travel advice

From the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office

A number of religious groups have announced their intention to stage protests across the country, starting on the afternoon of Friday 12 October, in response to a Supreme Court case. Protests can occur with little warning and while most remain peaceful, they can turn violent quickly. You should avoid demonstrations, large crowds of people and public events.

from Travel Advice Summary, which can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/pakistan

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