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Hardliner cleric places a bounty on the life of a Pakistani mother accused of blasphemy

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Pakistani cleric Maulana Yousef Qureshi, center, addresses a rally against Asia Bibi in Peshawar, Pakistan, Dec. 3, 2010. Qureshi offered a reward of $6,000 to anyone who kills Asia Bibi. Pakistan's president will not immediately pardon the Christian woman sentenced to die for insulting Islam but may do so later if an appeals court delays her case too long, an official said.

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The daughters of Asia Bibi pose with an image of their mother while standing outside their residence in Sheikhupura, Pakistan on Nov. 13. Asia Bibi, a Christian mother, has been sentenced to death for blasphemy, the first such conviction of a woman, Pakistan's Dawn newspaper reported. Bibi, 45, was handed down the death sentence by a court in Nankana district in central Punjab, the newspaper reported. Standing left to right is Esha, 12, Sidra, 18 and Eshum, 10.

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Protesters hold placards while demanding the release of Asia Bibi at a rally in Lahore, Nov. 21, 2010.

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