Meena Menon
The Hindu
May 8, 2014

Lawyers on Thursday protested the killing of human rights lawyer Rashid Rehman who was shot dead in his office in Multan on Wednesday even as the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) condemned the fatal attack on its Multan Task Force coordinator.

HRCP in a statement said Rehman was a committed rights activist and lawyer and had been associated with HRCP for over 20 years. On April 10, 2014, the HRCP said that it had brought to the attention of the authorities that Rehman was being openly threatened by prosecution lawyers in the Multan District Prison where he was representing a blasphemy accused.

The hearing was being held in the prison due to security concerns. The judge, it was reported, did not take any notice of threats issued to Rehman in his presence, HRCP said. Three persons had addressed Rehman in the judge’s presence and said: “You will not come to court next time because you will not exist anymore.”

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