After saving Asia Bibi from death penalty in connection with blasphemy case, her lawyer Saif-ul-Mulook said that he regrets nothing, and will continue his legal fight against intolerance. He further said that he is the easiest target of extremists.
“I think I have absolutely no safety. No security and I am the easiest target… anybody can kill me,” he said.
In 2011, Mulook was the lead prosecutor against Mumtaz Qadri over the assassination of Punjab governor Salman Taseer — a prominent critic of the country’s blasphemy laws and supporter of Bibi.
“If you conduct such cases you should be ready for the results and the consequences,” he said. But Mulook said the risks have been worth the reward. “I think it’s better to die as a brave and strong man than to die as a mouse and fearful person,” he said. “I extend my legal help to all people.” “The verdict has shown that the poor, the minorities and the lowest segments of society can get justice in this country despite its shortcomings,” he told AFP immediately after the verdict.
“This is the biggest and happiest day of my life.” He said.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday acquitted Asia Bibi, a Christian woman sentenced to death over blasphemy allegations. Announcing the judgment, the three-judge special bench ordered, “If Asia Bibi is not involved in any other case then she be released immediately.”
Asia Bibi allegedly made three “defamatory and sarcastic” statements about the Holy Prophet on June 14, 2009 during an argument with three Muslim women (She was asked to fetch water, but the Muslim women objected, saying that as a non-Muslim she was unfit to touch the water bowl)., while the four of them were picking fruit in a field in Sheikhupura. The women later went to a local cleric and accused Bibi of blasphemy against the Holy Prophet. Bibi was convicted and sentenced to death in 2010 and has been in jail ever since.
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17 November, 2019