08 Nov Asia Bibi’s Lawyer Flees to The Netherlands Amid Death Threats
Asia Bibi’s lawyer has fled to The Netherlands after receiving death threats in Pakistan.
On November 3 Saif-ul-Malook left Pakistan on Saturday just days after the death sentence and conviction of Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi was overturned by the Supreme Court.
Greeting the lawyer were European legislator Peter van Dalen of the ChristenUnion-SGP faction along with activist Jan Dirk van Nifterik who leads the Dutch advocacy group ‘Hulp Vervolgde Christenen’ (Help Persecuted Christians).
According to reports, speaking on Monday Malook said the EU and the United Nations made him leave the country against his wishes because his life was at risk.
Earlier said he had left the country to save his life from an “angry mob” amid fears for his family’s safety.
Over the weekend the Pakistani government announced it had reached a deal with Islamists in which it agreed to impose a travel ban on Bibi while her case is under review.
In return, the Islamists called a halt to the protests which had brought the country to a standstill since the Supreme Court’s ruling.