Fearing for the safety of his family, Aasia Bibi’s counsel Saiful Mulook has approached the United Nations (UN) to ensure his family’s security in Pakistan.
Aasia Bibi had been acquitted by the Supreme Court from blasphemy charges on October 31. The decision sparked countrywide protests, led by Tehreek-e-Labbaik (TLP), threatening the state, army and judiciary.
The violent protests forced Mulook to board a plane to the Netherlands on November 3. He told local media about receiving threats from sections of lawyers and that it is difficult for him to practice in the prevailing situation.
“In the current scenario, it’s not possible for me to live in Pakistan,” the 62-year-old informed the media.
“I need to stay alive as I still have to fight the legal battle for Aasia Bibi.”
Mulook is currently in The Hague and has hinted on seeking political asylum.
He is scheduled to meet EU Parliament President Antonio Tajani later today.
Mulook had previously clarified that he would return to Pakistan to represent Aasia at the hearing of the review petition if the army provided him security.