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Pakistan/UK: ‘Theresa May has failed Pakistan’s Christians’: An interview with Asia Bibi’s lawyer

December 15, 2018

Saif ul-Malook on fearing for his life and defending Asia Bibi from blasphemy

Asia Bibi’s daughters with a picture of their mother

Saif ul-Malook greets me in the hallway of his daughter’s home. Pakistani hospitality dictates that a guest should not go hungry, so there are plates of samosas, kebabs and biscuits. I am also of Pakistani heritage, so know that etiquette dictates that I must politely refuse a few times — or until I can no longer ignore my rumbling stomach.

Malook was flown out of Pakistan, because his life was in danger. Since leaving the country, he has kept a low profile in his daughter’s home, a modest detached house in a cul-de-sac off a busy road in a UK city. He asks for the location not to be revealed.

The reason his life is in danger is because Malook was a key figure in one of the most renowned cases in recent times. He was the lawyer who defended Asia Bibi, a poor and illiterate 47-year-old Catholic woman who faced being hanged for allegedly insulting the Prophet Mohammed.

In 2009, Bibi was at her work on a farm when she stopped to drink some water from a well, using someone else’s cup. She was told that she could not share utensils with a Muslim because she was ‘unclean’. This led to an argument about religion, and Bibi and her family were later beaten by a mob who extracted a ‘confession’.

She was then arrested and imprisoned for more than a year before being formally charged. She was the first woman in Pakistan to be sentenced to death for blasphemy, and would have been the first to be executed for blasphemy under the current law. Her case sparked international outrage. Her family visited the UK to appeal for help, and even met the Pope.

When Malook became involved in 2014, the Supreme Court granted leave to file for an appeal, and the death penalty was temporarily suspended in 2015. Then in October this year, Malook received a call from the Supreme Court telling him that the three-judge bench would be hearing the final legal appeal. He had just two days to prepare, but he had been ready for this case for four years.







https://www.lesalonbeige.fr/lavocat-dasia-bibi-refugie-aux-pays-bas/ (FRANCAIS)

https://www.franceculture.fr/emissions/le-reportage-de-la-redaction/au-pakistan-retour-dans-le-village-dasia-bibi (FRANCAIS)

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Affaire_Asia_Bibi (FRANCAIS)



Pakistan/UK: A Landmark Conference for Universal Rights and Secularism and against Fascism

November 30, 2018

One Law for All Logo

The 25 November International Conference on Sharia, Segregation and Secularism in London celebrated the 10th anniversary of the founding of the One Law for All campaign in the UK.

The conference was a landmark event in the fight against all forms of fascism and in defence of universal rights and secularism with leading activists in the fight against the far-Right – including religious fundamentalisms of all stripes – from 24 countries and the Diaspora, including Algeria, Bangladesh, Europe, India, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Kurdistan, Morocco, Pakistan, Poland, Russia, Serbia to Sudan, Tunisia and the United States.

In her welcome address, Conference Organiser Maryam Namazie reiterated how women are the first targets of fascist, fundamentalist and other far-Right movements and are leading the opposition to the sustained backlash against women’s rights and secular values – and in many cases continue to win victories in the most adverse circumstances. She stressed the urgency of secularism as a minimum precondition for women’s and minority rights.

Centre for Secular Space Director Gita Sahgal’s opening keynote address emphasised the precious heritage of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights noting that Indian and Pakistani women fought for the clause on right to choice in marriage – the foundation for many struggles taking place on family laws and equality in marriage today. Muslims from Pakistan and India also voted for the right to religious freedom, including the freedom to leave religion.

Asia Bibi’s lawyer Saif Ul Malook spoke about the Asia Bibi case in his keynote address. As mentioned in a DW report on the conference, Ul Malook spoke of the Pakistani constitution and its secular credentials and his childhood when Christians and Muslims lived peacefully together in Pakistan and how a minority are behind the intolerance seen today. He was given a standing ovation for his courage in defending Asia Bibi and prosecuting Mumtaz Qadri, the man who murdered Salman Taseer.  Ul Malook said he had no regrets.

The Conference passed a resolution in solidarity with Asia Bibi and her lawyer and the Judges who had the courage to strike down her conviction for blasphemy, called for asylum for Asia Bibi, the release of all those imprisoned for blasphemy and an end to blasphemy laws everywhere.







https://www.medias-presse.info/le-cauchemar-continue-pour-asia-bibi-et-sa-famille/101733/ (FRANCAIS)

https://fr.aleteia.org/2018/11/30/les-proches-dasia-bibi-en-danger/ (FRANCAIS)

https://www.parismatch.com/Actu/International/Saiful-Malook-avocat-d-Asia-Bibi-C-est-une-femme-tres-forte-1592516 (FRANCAIS)

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Affaire_Asia_Bibi (FRANCAIS)

https://www.katholisch.de/aktuelles/aktuelle-artikel/pakistan-sorge-um-die-familie-von-asia-bibi (DEUTSCH)

https://kurier.at/politik/ausland/christin-asia-bibi-in-pakistan-sie-will-nur-raus-und-in-ein-sicheres-land/400340851 (DEUTSCH)

https://www.stichtinghvc.nl/nieuws/nieuwsoverzicht/blog-rechtszaak-asia-bibi-update/ (NEDERLANDS)

https://sceptr.net/2018/11/christelijke-pakistaanse-vrouw-zal-asiel-krijgen-in-duitsland/ (VLAAMS)

http://www.niedziela.pl/artykul/39413/Pakistan-przyszlosc-Asii-Bibi-wciaz-pod  (POLSKI)

Avocats Sans Frontières France – ASF FranceSOS Chrétiens d’Orient, L’Observatoire international des avocats en danger et Francois Zimeray, avocat et ancien Ambassadeur pour les droits de l’Homme, au soutien de notre confrère pakistanais Saif Ul Malook, avocat d’Asia Bibi, menacé de mort dans son pays pour avoir fait acquitté sa cliente.

La Mairie de paris lui apporte également son soutien, ainsi que Vincent FillolaIngrid Metton – Avocate et Mechtilde Carlier.


(Avocats Sans Frontières France – ASF France Facebook, 06/12/18)

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Pakistan/UK: Asia Bibi’s lawyer, Saif Malook, speaks at International Conference on Sharia, Segregation and Secularism

November 25, 2018












https://www.la-croix.com/Religion/Islam/Le-Pakistan-arrete-meneur-manifestations-contre-Asia-Bibi-2018-11-24-1200985245 (FRANCAIS)

https://www.asiabibi.com/ (FRANCAIS)

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Affaire_Asia_Bibi (FRANCAIS)

https://sceptr.net/2018/11/christelijke-pakistaanse-vrouw-zal-asiel-krijgen-in-duitsland/ (VLAAMS)

Pakistan: Late Adv.Sanam Umrani Sister’s Appeal for Justice

November 23, 2018

Late Advocate Sanam Sikandar Umrani was brutally murdered on 31 May 2018, in her Jacobabad home by armed men. Her sister Nayab Sikandar Umrani is still waiting for justice amid threats on her own life. Advocate Sanam Umrani Sister’s Appeals for Justice now.

She has taken to social media and uploaded her video pleading the authorities for justice for Advocate Sanam Sikandar Umrani.

Nayab Sikandar Umrani who can hardly speak, have said:

She Nayab Sikandar Umrani and her brother Munawar Sikandar Umrani who hail from Jacobabad city of Sindh province belong to a Baloch family.

Her step brothers have murdered her mother, sister,brother and brother’s wife. Her sister advocated Sanam has three small children.

On 31 May 2018 her sister of Nayab Sikandar Umrani was brutally murdered in Jacobabad right in front her by her step brother.

Shafqat Umrani who murdered her sister is still free. He has confiscated their property and lands forcibly as well.

Her family was murdered over property and land.



Pakistan/The Netherlands: Aasia Bibi’s lawyer concerned over his family’s security in Pakistan

November 14, 2018

Saiful Malook speaks to journalists during a press conference in the Hague. PHOTO:AFP

Fearing for the safety of his kin, Aasia Bibi’s counsel Saiful Malook has approached the United Nations to ensure his family’s security.

Aasia Bibi had been acquitted by the Supreme Court off blasphemy charges on October 31. The decision sparked countrywide demonstrations with protesters, led by Tehreek-e-Labbaik (TLP), threatening the state, army and judiciary.

Aasia Bibi’s lawyer says wants to stay in Netherlands

The violent protests forced Malook to board a plane to the Netherlands on November 3. He told The Express Tribune about threats from sections of lawyers and it is difficult for him to practice in the prevailing situation.

“In the current scenario, it’s not possible for me to live in Pakistan,” the 62-year-old told AFP. “I need to stay alive as I still have to fight the legal battle for Aasia Bibi.”

Malook is currently in The Hague and has hinted on seeking political asylum.

Speaking to The Express Tribune, Malook expressed concerns about his family’s safety in Pakistan. He said he had written to the UN office in Pakistan seeking security for his family. Malook was dismayed at the inadequate security provided to his family by the authorities.







https://www.stichtinghvc.nl/nieuws/nieuwsoverzicht/blog-rechtszaak-asia-bibi-update/?fbclid=IwAR3dGHiTuymE1thWhye91EH-vSNJ6AkFrM1Gp-CHXWNl_y8t4UTvFoCXMyM (NEDERLANDS)

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De spanningen in Pakistan lopen hoog op. Asia Bibi’s advocaat Saif-ul-Malook en de drie rechters van het Hooggerechtshof die haar hebben vrijgesproken, ontvangen doodsbedreigingen. De organisatie ‘Defence of Pakistan’ heeft een rechtszaak aangekondigd tegen de advocaat en de drie rechters. De Pakistaanse organisatie beschuldigt ook hen van godslastering.

De mullah’s van de grootste politieke partijen organiseren demonstraties om te eisen dat premier Imran Khan onthult waar Asia nu is. Scholen in Lahore zijn eerder gesloten vanwege de onrust.

Wil je bidden voor rust en veiligheid voor alle betrokkenen?



(Stichting HVC Facebook, 15/11/18)

Pakistan/The Netherlands/UK: Lawyer of Asia Bibi: Don’t deprive me of my honour


For lawyer Saif-ul-Malook (62) the Asia Bibi-affair far and wide is the most delicate matter with which he had to deal during his time as a jurist. „As I took this affair upon me, it felt as putting on a bomb jacket. To declare oneself a lawyer of the most well-known suspect of blasphemy in Pakistan stands equal to suicide.”

He looks energetic, the lawyer of Asia Bibi, the Pakistani Christian who in 2010 was sentenced to death. After the Supreme Court had recalled the judgement at Wednesday, Malook left his home country at Saturday. Shortly after he had spoken to the international media at The Hague Monday afternoon, he takes some time for an interview.

Malook, short in stature, looks with a penetrating view from above the rim of his glasses. “Just pose questions to me, I have time, even if it takes me three, four hours. The fact that I am now in the Netherlands is part of my vocation, for if I hadn’t been a lawyer, I wouldn’t have been here. I have lost my freedom, but not my self-regard and not the respect from the Western world for my role in the Bibi-affair too, as I hope.”

Malook became involved in the affair on the position of Christians in his country after the murder on the governor of the province of Punjab, Salman Taseer, in 2011. This politician plead for abolishing the notorious blasphemy laws. In Pakistan, these are applied frequently to condemn Christians and other minorities because of doubtful accusations.






https://www.theparliamentmagazine.eu/articles/news/eu-parliament-week-ahead-merkel-strasbourg-mmf-budget-phone-calls-cap-top-agenda (“On Wednesday, there will be a debate on the case of Asia Bibi, the Pakistani Christian woman recently acquitted of blasphemy after spending eight years on death row. Antonio Tajani is due to hold a press conference in Strasbourg with Saif-ul-Malook, Asia Bibi’s lawyer, and MEP Peter Van Dalen.”)




https://nos.nl/artikel/2258468-advocaat-van-asia-bibi-wil-dat-nederland-de-vrouw-en-haar-gezin-opvangt.html (NEDERLANDS)

https://www.telegraaf.nl/nieuws/2776883/ministerie-biedt-advocaat-asia-bibi-opvang?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=twitterfeed (NEDERLANDS)



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Pakistan: Pakistani Christian woman Asia Bibi freed from jail, says lawyer

November 7, 2018

Aasia Bibi left a detention facility in Punjab province for the flight to capital Islamabad, officials said [File: AP Photo]

Pakistani Christian woman Asia Bibi, who spent eight years on death row for blasphemy, has been freed from jail, her lawyer said Thursday.

The country’s highest court last week overturned Bibi’s conviction and ordered her release, but she had remained incarcerated as the government agreed to allow a review following Islamist protests over the bitterly divisive case.

“She has been freed. I have been told that she is on a plane but nobody knows where she will land,” lawyer Saif-ul-Malook said in a message sent to AFP.

A release order arrived Wednesday at the prison in the central city of Multan, where Bibi was detained, a prison official told AFP.

Her husband Ashiq Masih has appealed for Britain or the United States to grant the family asylum, while Malook has fled to the Netherlands.

Bibi’s case has underscored divisions between traditionalists and modernisers in the devoutly Muslim nation.

It stems from an incident in 2009 when she was asked to fetch water while out working in the fields.

Muslim women labourers objected, saying that as a non-Muslim, she should not touch the water bowl, and reportedly a fight erupted.

A local imam then claimed Bibi insulted the Prophet Mohammed — a charge she denies.

Blasphemy is an incendiary charge in Muslim-majority Pakistan, where even unsubstantiated allegations of insulting Islam can result in death at the hands of mobs.

Thousands of Islamists poured onto the streets in protest after Supreme Court judges overturned Bibi’s conviction last Wednesday, causing Prime Minister Imran Khan’s administration to sign a controversial deal.










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https://www.bbc.com/urdu/pakistan-46132740?fbclid=IwAR3aHovCNtlF2y8WOBScqOyMYd76UjcSfmvDn60ulFLWY69sdQTLlg8RsMk (URDU)

https://www.lemonde.fr/asie-pacifique/article/2018/11/07/pakistan-la-chretienne-asia-bibi-a-ete-liberee_5380368_3216.html (FRANCAIS)

https://www.cnb.avocat.fr/fr/actualites/loiad-sinquiete-de-la-situation-de-lavocat-saiful-malook-menace-de-mort-au-pakistan?fbclid=IwAR3jAGomCfubPeCTRl6-96qlflq4kyzmZRWOmwJEgKsfkAbTEGq_9KK8qeE (FRANCAIS)

http://www.lefigaro.fr/international/2018/11/07/01003-20181107ARTFIG00377-pakistan-la-chretienne-asia-bibi-liberee-de-prison.php (FRANCAIS)

https://www.mediapart.fr/journal/france/071118/asia-bibi-ete-liberee-et-placee-en-lieu-sur-par-les-autorites-pakistanaises?onglet=full (FRANCAIS)

https://www.laliberte.ch/news/chroniques/la-der-la-chronique/asia-bibi-o-miracle-est-enfin-libre-462942 (FRANCAIS)

https://www.lesoir.be/188807/article/2018-11-07/pakistan-la-chretienne-asia-bibi-ete-liberee-selon-son-avocat (FRANCAIS)

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Affaire_Asia_Bibi (FRANCAIS)

https://www.lavanguardia.com/internacional/20181107/452793840964/asia-bibi-liberada-pakistan-pena-de-muerte-blasfemia-cristiana.html (ESPANOL)

https://www.tagesschau.de/ausland/pakistan-asia-bibi-103.html (DEUTSCH)

https://religion.orf.at/stories/2946078/ (DEUTSCH)

https://www.ad.nl/buitenland/asia-bibi-is-vrij-weg-uit-de-dodencel~ad81a995/ (NEDERLANDS)

http://www.askanews.it/esteri/2018/11/07/asia-bibi-%C3%A8-stata-liberata-top10_20181107_225700/ (ITALIANO)

https://www.ilsussidiario.net/news/esteri/2018/11/8/asia-bibi-libera-lascia-il-pakistan-fine-dellincubo-uscita-dal-carcere-e-trasferita-in-localita-segreta/1802436/ (ITALIANO)

https://www.publico.pt/2018/11/07/mundo/noticia/asia-bibi-libertada-aviao-parte-incerta-1850288 (PORTUGUES)



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