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 Thursday.
Shahbaz Gormani escaped unhurt after gunmen riding motorbikes attacked his residence in Multan late on Wednesday. Gormani had been appointed defense lawyer in the case after gunmen shot dead Rashid Rehman, a defense counsel for Junaid Hafeez in May.
Hafeez, a lecturer at Bahauddin Zakariya University, was accused of making derogatory remarks against Islam’s Prophet in March last year. Hafeez was known at the university for his liberal views and the blasphemy case was registered after pressure from rightwing 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,” said senior police official Muhammad Salim. “We are investigating the incident,” he added. Another police official Muhammad Akram confirmed the incident.
Gormani said he survived the incident but demanded that Parliament enact laws to protect lawyers representing people accused of blasphemy.