I fear for my life, anybody can kill me, says Asia Bibi's lawyer Saif-ul-Mulook

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: Nov 01, 2018, 06:46 PM(IST)

File photo of Pakistan's Supreme Court. Photograph:( DNA )

Story highlights

"I think I have absolutely now no safety, no security and I am the easiest target, soft target for anybody because I move freely, I go to my office, I go to my courts and anybody can kill me," he added.

After the landmark supreme court verdict in Pakistan, acquitting Asia Bibi in the blasphemy case, her lawyer on Thursday has spoken out for the first time. 

Saif-ul-Mulook, Asia Bibi's defence lawyer has said that he regrets nothing and will continue his fight against intolerance. 

"I don't regret at least, I think it better to die as a brave and strong man than to die as a mouse and fearful person. The religious groups have announced that if judges release her, we will hold our own private court and we will sentence her to death. I mean, thereafter this is immaterial to comment that if she lives here, she will be safe or not," said Saif-ul-Mulook.

"I think I have absolutely now no safety, no security and I am the easiest target, soft target for anybody because I move freely, I go to my office, I go to my courts and anybody can kill me," he added.

Asiya Bibi, a Christian woman, was convicted in a blasphemy case for her alleged comments against Mohammed Prophet during an argument with three Muslim women.

Bibi had categorically denied all the allegations against her.

On Wednesday, Soon after the Supreme Court of Pakistan acquitted Asiya Bibi in the blasphemy case against her, scores of people took to streets and launched massive protests opposing the verdict.

According to Samaa TV, protestors, including workers of political parties, gathered outside the Punjab Assembly after pronouncement of the verdict.

The protests also witnessed violent outbursts as agitators burned tyres in areas of Karachi.

Saif-ul-Mulook's fight against extremism spans the other legal work which he has undertaken. In 2011, he was the lead prosecutor in the case of the assassination of the former Punjab governor Salman Taseer, who was a prominent critic of Pakistan's blasphemy law.

Read in App