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Bibi's lawyer flees Pakistan after threats

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Filed on November 4, 2018 | Last updated on November 4, 2018 at 06.35 am
Bibis lawyer flees Pakistan after threats

(AFP file)

The 62-year-old boarded a plane to Europe early Saturday morning.

The Pakistani lawyer who saved a Christian woman convicted of blasphemy from the gallows left the country on Saturday, saying his life was under threat.

Saif-ul-Mulook's latest victory saw the freeing of Asia Bibi, who spent nearly a decade on death row, after the Supreme Court overturned her sentence on Wednesday.

The decision sparked protests across the country, with major roads blocked in Lahore and Islamabad as religious hardliners called for the death of the judges and those who helped acquit Bibi.

"In the current scenario, it's not possible for me to live in Pakistan," the 62-year-old said before boarding a plane to Europe early Saturday morning.

"I need to stay alive as I still have to fight the legal battle for Asia Bibi," he said.
On Friday night, the Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan party, which has largely led the demonstrations, announced an end to mass protests after reaching a deal with the government.





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