Aasia Bibi's lawyer concerned over his family's security in Pakistan

Published: November 14, 2018
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Saiful Malook speaks to journalists during a press conference in the Hague. PHOTO:AFP

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

ISLAMABAD: 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.

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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.

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The senior lawyer revealed an excerpt from his speech at the European Parliament wherein he credited Justice Asif Saeed Khosa for the decision. In his address, Malook dismissed chances of a review petition being entertained in the matter.

Malook is scheduled to meet EU Parliament President Antonio Tajani later today.

In an earlier conversation with The Express Tribune, Malook had clarified that he would return to Pakistan to represent Aasia at hearing of the review petition if the army provided him security.

 

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Reader Comments (3)

  • Farrukh
    Nov 14, 2018 - 12:08PM

    Any attack on him or family ?Recommend

  • JS Magrey
    Nov 14, 2018 - 10:06PM

    If Mr legal rep of Asia bibi are so much concerned about your family’s security, this will be a damn good excuse get foreign visa. You couldn’t ask for a better excuse.Recommend

  • cautious
    Nov 14, 2018 - 10:57PM

    He wants to provide basis for bringing his family to Europe and obtaining asylum for them all – who can blame him?Recommend

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