Friday, April 11, 2014

Pakistan: Lawyers get death threats in courtroom from pious Muslims

Such is life in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, AKA "The land of the Pure". 

Pakistan blasphemy lawyers receive death threats in courtroom

Judge did not intervene, lawyers claim reporter, Karachi
    April 11, 2014

Lawyers representing a man accused of blasphemy in Pakistan’s populous Punjab province were subject to death threats inside the courtroom where they were giving evidence.

Two lawyers, Rashid Rahman and Allah Dad, said the judge overseeing the case of Junaid Hafeez, an academic who is accused of publishing an offensive drawing of the Prophet Mohammed on Facebook last year, did nothing to intervene.

“During arguments for acquittal of the accused, four persons addressed Rahman in the judge’s presence and said: ‘You will not come to court next time because you will not exist anymore’,” Dad told

Hafeez, a visiting lecturer in the Department of English at the Bahauddin Zakariya University, denies the charge, and claims that he was falsely implicated by an Islamist party’s supporter who himself wanted the lectureship and was overlooked for the post in the final selection.

Article continues HERE.