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Pakistan: Further information: Christian couple acquitted, taken off death row: Shafqat Emmanuel and Shagufta Kausar

Index Number: ASA 33/4401/2021

Shafqat Emmanuel and Shagufta Kausar were finally acquitted on 3 June 2021, bringing their seven-year ordeal of being on death row to a close. While they never should have been charged and sentenced to death in the first place, their case served as further evidence of the danger enabled by the country’s draconian blasphemy laws. The authorities must immediately provide Shafqat, Shagufta, their family and their lawyer Saiful Malook with adequate security.

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