Two lawyers, Rashid Rahman and Allah Dad, said to the judge supervising the case of Junaid Hafeez, a teacher by profession, who is accused of publishing a bellicose sketch of the Prophet Mohammed on Facebook in 2013 did nothing to intrude.
During arguments for acquittal of the accused, four persons addressed Rahman in the judge’s presence and said: ‘You will not come to court next time because you will not exist anymore’, Allah Dad
Junaid Hafeez was a visiting lecturer at the Bahauddin Zakariya University in the Department of English, reject the charges, and claims that he was deceptively involved by an Islamist party’s supporter who himself wanted the lectureship and was ignored for the post in the final selection of the job.
“We have been harassed continuously by extremists who gather outside the jail after every hearing and chant slogans against us and our client,” Allah Dad said.
In Pakistan, simple allegations of blasphemy are sufficient to activate mob violence and disturbances. Three Christians, two of them a married couple, have been sentenced to death for blasphemy recently. Last month, a Muslim crowd burnt a Hindu property and damaged a temple following rumors that a Hindu man had burned pages of the Quran in Larkana, Sindh.