Pakistan: Lawyer Saif-ul-Mulook, who fought the case of Asia Bibi, left the country on Saturday owing to threats to his lifeEvent
- Initial Date
- Oct 31, 2018
- Event Description
ISLAMABAD: Lawyer Saif-ul-Mulook, who fought the case of Asia Bibi, left the country on Saturday owing to threats to his life. Mulook's latest victory saw the acquittal of Bibi, a Christian woman who had been sentenced to death on charges of blasphemy. The Supreme Court on October 31 ordered Bibi's immediate release stating that blasphemy charges could not be proven against her. Following the apex court's decision, religious parties staged protests in major cities across the country and incited violence against the lawyer as well as the judges. Ahead of boarding a plane to Europe early Saturday morning, Mulook spoke to AFP and said, "In the current scenario, it's not possible for me to live in Pakistan." "I need to stay alive as I still have to fight the legal battle for Asia Bibi," he said. When asked about the protests following the decision, Mulook said it was "unfortunate but not unexpected". Regarding an agreement between the government and the protesters led by the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP), after which demonstrations across the country ended, Mulook said, "What's painful is the response of the government. They cannot even implement an order of the country's highest court." He added that "the struggle for justice must continue". "Her life would be more or less the same, either inside a prison or in solitary confinement for security fears" until a decision on the appeal, he further said. The agreement signed by Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Noorul Haq Qadri and Punjab Law Minister Raja Basharat and Pir Mohammad Afzal Qadri and Mohammad Waheed Noor from the TLP stated that the government will not object to a review petition over Bibi's acquittal. Due process will be followed immediately to include the name of Asia Bibi in the Exit Control List (ECL), it was further agreed.
- Impact of Event
- Gender of HRD
- Intimidation and threats
- Rights Concerned
- Right to healthy and safe environment
- Summary for Publications
On 31 October 2018, Saif-ul-Mulook, who is the lawyer of prominent Asia Bibi, left the country owing to threats to his life ater the Supreme Court ordered Bibi's immediate release stating that blasphemy charges could not be proven against her.