Blasphemy case: Lawyer of accused receives death threats

The case has been adjourned till June 20.


Owais Jafri June 03, 2013
Lawyers’ groups in the district bar have reportedly already severed contacts with Mudassir following his involvement in the case. PHOTO: EXPRESS

MULTAN:


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.

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COMMENTS (16)

Benish | 8 years ago | Reply

Blasphemy law existing in Pakistan is man made and not God made. It can be changed, only laws made by Allah cannot be changed...civil society need to raise thier voice on this issue, though its difficult and risky but society should be educated about this important point.

Aftab Kenneth Wilson | 8 years ago | Reply This law is Made In Pakistan. What a tragedy when someone knows that he will be killed one day. No chance for a natural death.
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