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Tue May 14, 2019, 11:28 PM

Asia Bibi's lawyer to defend couple on death row over blasphemy

Source: The Guardian

Asia Bibi's lawyer to defend couple on death row over blasphemy

Pakistani Christian man and wife sentenced to death for text messages sent to Muslim

Harriet Sherwood Religion correspondent
Wed 15 May 2019 05.00 BST Last modified on Wed 15 May 2019 05.04 BST

The case of a Christian couple on death row in Pakistan after being convicted of blasphemy has reportedly been taken up by the lawyer who defended Asia Bibi.

Shagufta Kousar and Shafqat Masih were accused of sending blasphemous text messages to a Muslim man. They were sentenced to death, but have appealed to the high court in Lahore.

Lawyer Saiful Malook, who briefly fled Pakistan after receiving death threats when Bibiís conviction for blasphemy was overturned last October, is to appeal against the coupleís 2014 conviction under the same law.

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The couple, who have four children, are from Gojra, Punjab province, where Kousar was employed as a cleaner at a church school. A Muslim man in the city complained to officials at his mosque that he was sent blasphemous messages in English on his phone, and the complaint was passed on to the police.

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The couple are illiterate and have argued they could not send text messages in English. They also said the sim card used to send the text messages was bought in Kousarís name after her identity card was stolen.

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Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/may/15/asia-bibi-lawyer-defend-couple-death-row-blasphemy-pakistan

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Tue May 14, 2019, 11:32 PM

1. And we think we have problems...

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Wed May 15, 2019, 08:30 AM

2. One religion fighting another religion? Ain't that nice?

The funniest thing is that Muslims and Christians worship the same freaking deity. I think I'll stick with atheism, and keep it to myself when I'm in Pakistan, which I never will be.

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