The astonishingly brave Saif-ul-malook is again representing alleged blasphemers in the Pakistan Supreme Court. They have been on death row since 2014.
One of the appellants was held, still may be, in the same cell that was used for Assia Bibi before her blasphemy conviction was quashed.
The crime for which the appellants may be hanged was allegedly to send blasphemous text messages, in English. The appellants are said to be illiterate and unable to speak English.
Shafqat Masih, one of the 2 appellants, is said to be disabled and unable to walk.
They have been convicted under Paragraph 295 C of the Pakistan Penal Code. It is even more severe than it appears. Under a 1990 ruling, a conviction for blasphemy under this provision carries a mandatory death sentence.
Although no-one has yet been judicially executed for blasphemy, many people have spent years in prison. Accusations of blasphemy are devastating and have been used in personal vendettas, especially against religious minorities.
According to Human Rights Watch, since 1990 at least 65 people have been killed after allegations of blasphemy.…
Politicians opposing blasphemy laws have been murdered. Lawyers defending alleged blasphemers have been threatened and in at least one case murdered.
That is why @Saifulm32731039 is one of the bravest lawyers practising anywhere in the world, defending penniless and unpopular defendants at huge personal risk.
My apologies & a correction: the appeal is in fact to be heard in the Lahore High Court. The Supreme Court is the next level of appeal.

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