ISLAMABAD – Nationwide protests sparked by a Christian woman's acquittal of blasphemy charges have ended after an overnight agreement between Islamists and the government.

According to the agreement, Asia Bibi may not leave the country before the verdict of the Pakistani Supreme Court is reviewed.

The authorities cleared the intersections of major cities after the supporters of the Tehreek-e-Labbaik party disbanded after the agreement was announced.

The Minister of Religious Affairs, Noorul Haq Qadri, announced that the authorities would not allow Bibi to leave the country until the Supreme Court finalized his verdict. An application has already been submitted for the review.

Bibi spent eight years on death row.

Meanwhile, the Pakistani authorities had arranged for the funeral of prominent cleric Maulana Samiul Haq, who was killed at his home in Rawalpindi on Friday.

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