Lawyer for Asia Bibi Fears Backlash from Pakistan’s Extremists
11/03/2018 Pakistan (International Christian Concern) – Saif-Ul-Malook, the Supreme Court Advocate for Asia Bibi, fears he is now a target for Pakistan’s extremists. Earlier this month, on October 8, Malook argued on behalf of Bibi in her Supreme Court appeal against her blasphemy conviction and death sentence.
On Wednesday, October 31, Pakistan’s Supreme Court announced their decision to acquit Bibi and vacate her death sentence. In a 56-page judgement written by Pakistan’s Chief Justice, the court found that there was insufficient evidence to convict the Christian woman of blasphemy.
Protests against the court’s decision broke out hours after the decision was announced. Extremist groups have called for the Supreme Court Justices to be killed and for their decision to be reviewed. Malook fears that he is also a target.
“I think I have absolutely no safety,” Malook told NDTV. “No security and I am the easiest target… anybody can kill me.”
Despite this lack of safety, Malook says that he has no regrets in taking up Bibi’s case. Immediately following the court’s decision, Malook told AFP, “The verdict has shown that the poor, the minorities and the lowest segments of society can get justice in this country despite its shortcomings. This is the biggest and happiest day of my life.”
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