Saiful Malook, the lawyer who pleaded the case of Aasia Bibi is all set to fight the case of a Christian couple who are now on death row for committing blasphemy.
The couple was directed to pay Rs100,000 fine each and in case of default, they would further undergo six months’ imprisonment.
Shagufta Kausar and Shafqat Masih were given death sentence under Section 295-C of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) read with Section 34 of the PPC by the additional sessions judge of Toba Tek Singh on April 4, 2014.
Saiful Malook advocate confirmed to a private source that he had submitted his Vakalatnama in the LHC to plead their case, saying that he had already met with Kausar in Multan jail.
Malook – who was offered citizenship by EU countries but returned to Pakistan to play his role in human rights matters – said Kausar is lodged in the same death cell, where Bibi was imprisoned before her acquittal in the blasphemy case by the Supreme Court late last year.
The couple’s appeal is pending in the Lahore High Court (LHC) and a hearing is likely to be fixed soon.
Asia Bibi's lawyer Saif-ul-Malook is an incredibly brave man who has courageously defended his client, and thereby put his own life in terrible danger. He deserves every human rights award going. https://t.co/SFWKacDUQv
What a hero. Aasias lawyer will now defend death-row couple.
I dont get Advocate Saif ul Malook saab. What is he even made of? What is even this courage and conviction! This is stunning. And why dont i even have an iota of this courage! Unbelievable. https://t.co/QiRq5iTAmn