PPP concerned over life threats to Editor of Urdu monthly

Islamabad June 20, 2014: The PPP has expressed concern that the editor of Urdu monthly Magazine, Naya Zamana Lahore, Mohammad Shoaib Adil is receiving life threats for publishing seven years ago the autobiography of a retired Lahore High Court judge, Muhammad Islam Bhatti and demanded security to the editor and his family members.
Applications have also been filed by some elements for the registration of a blasphemy case against the editor who was also held in protective custody by the police for a night.
Editor Muhammad Shoaib Adil who is the son of a renowned religious scholar, the late professor Rafiullah Shahab has complained that he and his family have been receiving life threats from the unidentified persons and they are passing through acute mental agony.
Spokesperson Senator Farhatullah Babar in a statement said that the unabated misuse of blasphemy law in the country had raised serious questions that need to be addressed. He said that instance abound whereby religion has been exploited to settle personal scores or for grabbing the property of some vulnerable sections of society.
He called upon the government to ensure protection to Editor Shaib Adil and his family and also to take appropriate steps so as to prevent the blatant misuse of blasphemy law.
Source : Media Office of the Co-Chairman PPP

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