Under the shadow of Asia Bibi; Life as a Christian in Pakistan

Asia Bibi was acquitted for blasphemy in Pakistan's Supreme Court on October 31

Rawalpindi, Pakistan (CNN)It is a chilly winter's morning and a weak blue fog has settled over Rawalpindi as we arrive at the city's St. Joseph's Cathedral. A security guard, wrapped in navy shawls and a purple balaclava ushers us in, where the grounds lay deserted and still. A sense of unease is palpable among the tiny stream of early morning worshipers walking in.

It's been 10 days since Asia Bibi, a Catholic woman, was acquitted on charges of blasphemy by Pakistan's Supreme Court on the October 31.
Bibi, a mother of five from Punjab province was sentenced in 2010 after she was accused of defiling the name of the Prophet Muhammad during an argument a year earlier with Muslim women over drinking water. She was handed a death sentence and was on death row for nearly eight years before her acquittal.
Accusations of blasphemy have seen a surge in mob violence across parts of Pakistan.
The country's strict blasphemy laws are a topic of great sensitivity in Pakistan; accusations of blasphemy have seen a surge in mob violence and lynchings in pockets of the country.
The supreme court's judgment was lauded by liberal activists and lawyers across the country with Amnesty International calling for a "clear message" to go out that "blasphemy laws will no longer be used to persecute Pakistan's long-suffering religious minorities."
Still, the acquittal saw thousands of protesters take to the streets in anger at the Supreme Court's decision. Demonstrators called for Bibi to be hanged, and attacked the judges, the media, the army and any man or woman who dared defend her case
An agreement has been reached between the government and the protesters following a lockdown of three days, but a bitter feeling of anxiety remains in the air.
Supporters of the Pakistani religious Islamist group Mutahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) gather during a protest rally against the release of Asia Bib in early November.