Pakistan’s blasphemy laws are a massive occasion for human rights abuses, but the world human rights community takes little notice. Perhaps the guardians of human rights believe that to pressure Pakistan over its blasphemy laws would be “Islamophobic.”
“Gunmen attack residence of lawyer defending blasphemy accused in Multan,” AFP, December 4, 2014 (thanks to Lookmann):
LAHORE: Gunmen opened fire at the residence of a lawyer defending a university lecturer accused of blasphemy and dropped a letter warning him to withdraw from the case, police said on Thursday.
Shahbaz Gormani escaped unhurt after gunmen riding motorbikes attacked his residence in Multan late Wednesday.
Gormani had been appointed defence lawyer in the case after gunmen shot dead Rashid Rehman, a defence counsel for Junaid Hafeez in May.
Hafeez, a lecturer at Bahauddin Zakariya University, was accused of making derogatory remarks against the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) in March last year.
Hafeez was known at the university for his liberal views and the blasphemy case was registered after pressure from right-wing student groups.
“Gunmen riding motorbikes fired indiscriminately outside the residence of Gormani and threw a pamphlet… warning him of serious consequences if he continues to pursue the case,” senior police official Muhammad Salim told AFP….
Gormani told AFP he survived the incident but demanded that Parliament enact laws to protect lawyers representing people accused of blasphemy.
Good luck with that.