‘No grounds for review of Supreme Court ruling’ – Asia Bibi’s lawyer, who fled Pakistan

By World Watch Monitor

The lawyer who defended the Pakistani Christian woman Asia Bibi against blasphemy charges and secured her acquittal at the Supreme Court says he does not expect a review of her case to take place. As part of its agreement with an Islamist political party to stop its violent protests, the government is reported to have promised that it would not seek to stop the judicial process.

“There is no new ground available to challenge the decision,” Saif ul-Malook told World Watch Monitor by telephone today.

Malook, 60, who fled Pakistan on Saturday for fear of his life, added that he would “definitely come back” to defend Asia Bibi if the review was allowed, but said “I expect the review petition will not be allowed because it will be declared infructuous” (a legal term meaning “unfruitful”, or un-necessary).