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Pakistan/France: Asia Bibi’s lawyer seeking European passport

February 1, 2019

Asia Bibi's lawyer Saif-ul-Mulook (C) has been targeted by death threats in Pakistan since the acquittal of his Christian client on charges of blasphemy

The Pakistani lawyer who secured the acquittal of a Christian woman facing the death sentence for blasphemy is himself seeking protection from European governments, his French lawyer told AFP on Friday.

Saif-ul-Mulook has been targeted by death threats since his the spectacular acquittal of his client Asia Bibi, a labourer from central Punjab province on death row since 2010.

“He is hoping that people will take into account his heroic actions in defending Ms Bibi, given the current circumstances in Pakistan, which led him to exchange his freedom for hers,” Mulook’s lawyer Francois Zimeray told AFP.

“He does not want to seek asylum, but rather to ask for European nationality,” Zimeray said.

Mulook fled to the Netherlands last November after violent protests erupted over the Pakistani Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Bibi’s death sentence from 2010.

He returned to Islamabad on January 26 to defend Bibi as she faced another appeal of the supreme court’s decision, which was rejected on Tuesday.

Bibi, who has been detained in protective custody, is expected to leave Pakistan as well to seek asylum in a North American or European country, and unconfirmed reports have said her children are already in Canada.

The country’s foreign ministry confirmed Thursday that Bibi was free to leave the country after her years-long legal ordeal, which drew worldwide attention to religious extremism in Pakistan.

Even unproven accusations of blasphemy in Pakistan have caused lynchings and murders.

Religious groups have said “they would kill her despite the judgment of the Supreme Court,” Mulook said after the court’s decision Tuesday. “Therefore, I think she should leave the country.”







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

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Pakistan: SC rejects review petition against Asia Bibi acquittal

January 29, 2019

The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Tuesday rejected a review petition challenging the top court’s decision to acquit Asia Bibi, a peasant Christian woman enmeshed in a years-long blasphemy row.

A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa and comprising Justice Qazi Faez Isa and Justice Mazhar Alam Miankhel took up the petition filed against the top court’s verdict acquitting Asia Bibi of blasphemy charges and setting her free.

Petitioner Qari Muhammad Saalam’s lawyer Ghulam Mustafa presented his arguments before the bench and demanded that a larger bench comprising Islamic scholars be constituted to hear the petition.

Qari Muhammad Saalam had filed a review petition in the Supreme Court Lahore registry through his counsel Ghulam Mustafa Chaudhry, after the apex court acquitted Asia Bibi, who had been on death row since she was convicted on blasphemy charges in 2010.

The petitioner had argued that Bibi confessed to her crimes during investigation, and that a delay in lodging the First Information Request does not imply that the defendant is not guilty of the crime.

The petitioner had also sought to put her name on the Exit Control List till a final decision on the review petition was made.















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https://www.imolaoggi.it/2019/01/29/pakistan-corte-suprema-conferma-lassoluzione-di-asia-bibi/ (ITALIANO)

https://www.diariovasco.com/agencias/201901/29/supremo-paquistani-rechaza-apelacion-1339929.html (ESPANOL)

https://www.nachrichten.at/nachrichten/politik/aussenpolitik/pakistan-lehnt-berufung-gegen-freispruch-von-asia-bibi-ab;art391,3096660 (DEUTSCH)

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Pakistan: Pakistan court to review acquittal in blasphemy trial

January 28, 2019

Saiful Malook

The lawyer of a Pakistani Christian woman who spent eight years on death row for charges of blasphemy vowed to secure her freedom when the country’s Supreme Court meets Tuesday to reconsider an acquittal announced last year.

Aasia Bibi was released from prison in October but has been under guard in a secret location since then because of death threats from Islamic extremists. Blasphemy against Islam is punishable by death in Pakistan, and the mere rumor that someone has committed blasphemy can ignite lynchings.

If Pakistan’s top court upholds its earlier ruling, Bibi will be free to leave for Canada, where her daughters have already been granted asylum.

Her attorney, Saiful Malook, who has also received death threats and fled the country after her acquittal, is back in Islamabad and will attend Tuesday’s hearing.

“I am sure the review petition … will be rejected,” Malook told The Associated Press on Monday. He said he has asked authorities to provide him with personal security.

The petitioners “have no case against my client, I am sure of that,” Malook added.

The 54-year-old mother of five was arrested in 2009 after being accused of blasphemy following a quarrel with two Muslim farm workers who refused to drink from a water container used by a Christian in a village in eastern Punjab province. A local mob, incited by a cleric, accused Bibi of insulting the Prophet Muhammad. Police arrested her, and she was sentenced to death in 2010.

Her Oct. 31 acquittal led hard-line Islamists to stage nationwide protests for days demanding the re-imposition of her death sentence. Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government promised Bibi would not be allowed to leave Pakistan until her case was reviewed, bringing a halt to protests.

Days later, authorities arrested radical cleric Khadim Hussain Rizvi and several of his followers for organizing rallies against Bibi. The cleric and the others remain in custody pending trial for damaging public property and threatening Supreme Court judges.










Pakistan Supreme Court will review its own decision to acquit Asia Bibi of blasphemy charges


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

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Pakistan/The Netherlands: Aasia Bibi’s lawyer returns home to fight her case

January 27, 2019

Saiful Mulook (L) the lawyer of Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy against Islam, leaves after the Court overturned the conviction, in Islamabad, Pakistan October 31, 2018. REUTERS/FILE

Aasia Bibi’s lawyer Saiful Malook on Sunday returned to Pakistan and is set to attend the hearing on January 29 (Tuesday) of the review petition against the Christian woman’s acquittal on blasphemy charges.

Talking to The Express Tribune, Malook confirmed that he had arrived in Lahore and would attend the top court’s hearing.

“I want to make it clear that I intend to permanently stay in Pakistan but there are still security concerns,” he said.

Malook also appealed to Prime Minister Imran Khan to provide him security in view of the threats he had received.

Aasia Bibi’s lawyer, who left country after death threats, returning to Pakistan

“In the Netherlands, I fought Pakistan’s case,” he said, adding that, he also tried to remove surrounding the country’s position in the case.














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Pakistan/The Netherlands: Asia Bibi’s lawyer, who left country after death threats, returning to Pakistan

January 26, 2019

Saiful Mulook (L) the lawyer of Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy against Islam, leaves after the Court overturned the conviction, in Islamabad, Pakistan October 31, 2018. REUTERS

Aasia Bibi’s lawyer Saiful Malook, who left for  the Netherlands last year due to “security concerns”, has decided to return to Pakistan.

Talking to The Express Tribune by the phone, Malook said he would return to attend the January 29 Supreme Court hearing on the review petition against Aasia’s acquittal of blasphemy charges.

He, however, requested Prime Minister Imran Khan to ensure his security in Islamabad.

According to sources, Malook has decided to return to Pakistan permanently.

At a news conference in The Hague last year, Malook had said he was “put on a plane against my wishes”.

Aasia, a Christian woman, was accused of blasphemy in 2010 and subsequently sentenced to death by the Lahore High Court. However, on October 30, 2018, she was acquitted of the charges by the Supreme Court.








Pakistan: 3 gunned down in lawyer’s chambers at Pakpattan court

January 21, 2019

Two murder suspects and a legal clerk were gunned down in a lawyer’s chambers in a court in Pakpattan on Monday.

Four people were in the chambers of Advocate Shaukat Wattoo where hearing of a murder case was underway, police spokesman Muhammad Asif said.

Two brothers nominated in the murder case, Ibrahim and Ifrahim Malkana, had arrived for a hearing to secure interim bail. Asif said, adding that the brothers, along with a lawyer’s clerk, were shot dead while one man was injured in the shooting and shifted to a hospital for treatment.

The incident sparked panic across the court premises, with people fleeing the building fearing an attack.

Police have imposed a curfew in the city and are searching for the shooters. Samples of blood and shells of bullets recovered from the crime scene have been sent to Lahore for forensic tests and bodies of the victims are being shifted to District Headquarters Hospital for a post-mortem examination, the spokesperson said.







Pakistan: Woman lawyer killed in firing in Punjab’s Hafizabad

January 11, 2019

A lawyer was killed Friday morning when unidentified assailants opened fire in Punjab’s Hafizabad.

According to the police, the incident occurred on Kassoki Road. They have identified the victim as Naila Amjad, a public prosecutor at the civil court.

She was leaving her house with her husband to go to the gym when the assailants opened fire.

Related: University student, 12-year-old domestic worker murdered in Lahore’s Nawankot

She was taken to the nearby hospital’s trauma centre where she succumbed to her injuries.

The police don’t know why she was targetted and have begun investigating the incident.

The district bar association has called for two days of mourning.