The lawyer defending a university lecturer accused of blasphemy has allegedly received death threats from right-wing elements, The Express Tribune has learnt.
According to sources, Chaudhry Mudassir, the lawyer defending the case of Bahauddin Zakariya University lecturer Junaid Hafeez, has asked for police protection following the threats. Mudassir’s client Hafeez is accused of spreading blasphemous material on Facebook.
Lawyers’ groups in the district bar have reportedly already severed contacts with Mudassir following his involvement in the case. On Saturday, as he appeared before additional district sessions judge Justice Zia Khan, Mudassir was met with derision from other lawyers present in the court, the sources maintained. They said the lawyers held Mudassir equally responsible for blasphemy for ‘daring to defend’ Hafeez.
The case has been adjourned till June 20. Meanwhile, police have already increased the security for Hafeez.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 3rd, 2013.