A Christian woman spared the death penalty after her blasphemy conviction was overturned faces being barred from leaving Pakistan under a deal struck to appease hardliners.
Pakistan’s government on Friday night said it had reached an agreement with Islamist parties to end three days of protests which have paralysed the country after Asia Bibi was freed.
The deal included a government concession to begin court proceedings to put Mrs Bibi on the country’s no-fly list.
Pakistan’s government told the BBC it would be up to the court to decide, but the sop to extremists is likely to anger rights groups and Western countries who have been pushing for her freedom.
A ban would dash her hopes of leaving the country and starting a new life abroad after she spent nearly eight years on death row when falsely accused of defaming the Prophet Mohammed.
Under the deal Imran Khan’s government will also not oppose an application for a review of the supreme court decision that freed the mother-of-five on Wednesday. Reviews have in the past taken years.
The plight of the Catholic farmhand caused outcry among Christian groups and her case was taken up by the Pope.
Her release had been widely celebrated by human rights groups, but it triggered widespread protests from extremist religious parties, who blocked main roads and brought the country to a standstill. Extremists had called for the deaths of the judges who freed her and called for the overthrow of Mr Khan.
Tensions were raised further on Friday night when a senior cleric known as the father of the Taliban for his role teaching many militant leaders was stabbed to death in his own home.
Maulana Samiul Haq, also known as the "father of the Taliban," was found dead in his bedroom in the garrison city of Rawalpindi.
The Taliban released a tribute to the radical cleric, who has millions of followers and whose madrassa produced large numbers of the movement’s leaders including the founder Mullah Omar.
Hamidul Haq, the cleric’s son, said: "My father has been martyred. He was alone at his home. His guard had gone out minutes before the attack and upon his return he saw my father in critical condition."
His death sparked further protests near his home, with police warning people to stay inside.
Mrs Bibi was arrested in 2009 after she was accused of blasphemy following a quarrel with two fellow female farm workers who refused to drink from a water container used by a Christian. A few days later, a mob accused her of insulting Islam’s prophet, leading to her 2010 conviction.