Asia Bibi: Advocate of a Christian woman accused of blasphemy has left Pakistan "against his will"

Asia Bibi: Advocate of a Christian woman accused of blasphemy has left Pakistan "against his will"

The Pakistani lawyer, who helped acquit a Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy, has claimed that the UN and the EU have left him against his will.

Saiful Malook fled to the Netherlands following radical Islamist violence after the Pakistani Supreme Court acquitted Asia Bibi on Wednesday.

The 47-year-old 47-year-old mother spent the last eight years on death row after being convicted in 2010 of allegedly insulting the Prophet Muhammad in a row with her neighbors. Despite her acquittal, Ms. Bibi remains in prison.

The court's decision to overturn the verdict led to violent protests across Pakistan by angry mobs demanding that the judges in the case be killed.

Asia Bibi has been on death row for eight years
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Asia Bibi was on death row for eight years

Mr. Malook said he had contacted a United Nations official in Islamabad after fears over his life had worried him.

"And then they (the UN) and the ambassadors of the European nations held in Islamabad for three days and then put me on a plane against my will," said the lawyer during a press conference in The Hague.

Mr. Malook said he was "not happy" to leave the country without Mrs. Bibi, and had no idea where she was.

He continued, "I urged that I would not leave the country if I did not get Asia out of jail … I'm not happy to be here without them, but everyone said that you're the main target right now The whole world cares about Asia Bibi.

"They felt that I was the main target I wanted to kill, and that my life was in immediate danger.

Pakistani activists of the Islamic party Jamiat-e-Ittihad ul Ulema sing slogans during a protest
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Pakistani activists of the Islamic party Jamiat-e-Ittihad ul Ulema sing slogans during a protest

"For three days they did not let me open the door One day I called the French Ambassador and said I did not want to be here."

Mr. Mulook said he did not know if Mrs. Bibi wanted to apply for asylum.

On Saturday, her husband asked Ashiq Masih Theresa May about it grant his family asylum in the UK,

Mr. Masih said in a video in Punjabi: "I ask the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom to help us and to give us as much freedom as possible."

He also called in the clip asylum by US President Donald Trump and the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Mr Mulook said Italy had offered asylum to both his family and to Mrs Bibi, but they had not accepted the offer because UN officials said they would make arrangements.

The court decision prompted more than 2,000 Islamists blocking a key road The capital Islamabad is connected to the garrison town Rawalpindi, which leads to traffic jams.

Other demonstrators have damaged or set fire to dozens of vehicles to pressure the government – which is delaying their release.

Islamists said they would escalate the protests if Mrs. Bibi left the country.

The government has announced that it will not travel abroad.

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