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