Lawyer Saif ul Malook has stood against all odds and has saved Aasia Bibi from the choked system, but his own safety is a major concern now.
The wrath of extremists has shifted to him and he is facing life threats, but he regrets nothing and says he will continue his legal battle against intolerance and bigotry. Mulook has fought against the grave challenge of extremism Pakistan is facing right now and has set an example that even with all the loopholes, our justice system still stands with the oppressed.
The controversial and revolutionary verdict has angered the hardline reactionary wing, erupting countrywide violent protests with the extremists giving open threats to the judges and lawyers affiliated with the case, but Saif ul Malook maintains that it is the happiest day of his life.
“The verdict has shown that the poor, the minorities and the lowest segments of society can get justice in this country despite its shortcomings” – he said, talking to AFP.
But he also is the easiest option to target. Mulook said that he has no escape plan and absolutely no security, hence anyone can kill him.
In 2011, Mulook was the prosecutor against Mumtaz Qadri, killer of Governor of Salman Taseer. Mulook said that he took the case because others backed down due to the fear of reaction from the extremists. His prosecution lead to the conviction and execution of Qadri, who was celebrated as a hero by the extremists. Mulook says that his life has changed after that. He rarely socializes and is spending life being extra vigilant, trying to assure his own safety.
The 62 years old lawyer says that when you take a step like that, one should be ready to face the consequences. But he said the risk is worth the reward. He thinks it is better to die as a strong man than to live like a coward. Mulook extends his legal help to all people.
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