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Pakistani hardline cleric charged with terrorism

Khadim Hussain Rizvi – AFP

A hardline cleric has been charged with terrorism and sedition offenses by the Pakistani government, after he led violent protests to oppose the acquittal of a Christian woman from blasphemy charges, a minister said Saturday.

Firebrand cleric Khadim Hussain Rizvi and his party Tehreek-Labaik Pakistan (TLP) held furious protests after the Supreme Court overturned the death penalty for Asia Bibi in October. Demonstrators blocked major roads in protest, burning cars and buses, and leaving large swathes of the country paralyzed as they called for her execution to be carried out. Rizvi was detained on Nov 24 after police launched a crackdown on hundreds of his supporters in Punjab province and the port city of Karachi. (AFP)

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