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UN made me leave my country against my wishes: Asia Bibi’s lawyer

Hague, Nov 6 (IECurrentAffairs) Saiful Mulook, who defended Asia Bibi in the Pakistani courts, said on November 5 that the United Nations made him leave the country “against my wishes” because his life was at risk.

Mulook told a news conference in The Hague that he contacted a UN official in Islamabad after Islamist violence erupted following the Supreme Court’s ruling. “And then they and the European nations’ ambassadors in Islamabad, they kept me for three days and then put me on a plane against my wishes,” Mulook said.

The lawyer earlier said he had left Pakistan “to save my life from an angry mob” and because of fears for the safety of his family. Mulook said he did not know whether Bibi had already been released from prison, or where she would want to seek asylum after being acquitted by the Supreme Court on October 31.

“Ask the people of the UN”, Mulook said. “They are not telling me, for security reasons.” Bibi’s whereabouts are unknown.

Blasphemy is punishable by death in Pakistan, and the mere rumour of committing the crime has led to lynchings in the past.

Approximately 40 people are believed to be on death row or serving a life sentence in Pakistan for blasphemy, according to a 2018 report by the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom.

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