Christian lawyer and human rights activist Advocate Sardar Mushtaq Gill who was the legal counsel in Shahzad and Shamma lynching case had formally handed over the case to Farrukh Saif Foundation (FSF) for further processes. Advocate Sardar Mushtaq Gill has gone hiding after surviving an assault from extremists, he was singled out for his legal support for Pakistan’ persecuted Christians.
Sardar Mushtaq Gill who leads Legal Evangelical Association Development (LEAD) was supervising the case of lynching a Christian couple alive by a mob over fabricated blasphemy accusations. LEAD team was providing legal cushion to victimized family and heirs. After taking over the case, the Farrukh Saif Foundation’ legal team will submit the attorney during next court hearing scheduled for July 12. Following that, the legal team of FSF will be pursuing the case.
Followed by threats to Advocate Sardar Mushtaq’ life, the witnesses, heirs and family members of the Kot Radha Kishan incident case have also filed petitions in Anti-Terrorism Court II Lahore, seeking protection and security as they have been intimidated and harassed by extremists. FSF is believed to take up the responsibility of their protection and security.
Previously, while detailing the case, Advocate Sardar Mushtaq Gill said: “The total number of persons nominated were 138 of which 106 were arrested and later three accused were released on bail. Some of the accused are still at large, and are a posing severe threats to the legal heirs and eye witnesses in the case who are under constant life threats.”
On November 4, 2014 a mob of Muslims lynched the Christian couple Shahzad and Shamma alive in a brick kiln. The couple was falsely accused of committing blasphemy and so met the fate of blasphemers in the heavily populated Islamic country. Despite the fact that the blasphemy accusations were later proved baseless and the brick kiln owned Yousaf Gujjar and accomplices were hooked however the perpetrators have not been punished yet.