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Defence lawyer in blasphemy case shot dead in Pakistan

Published on May 8, 2014 3:43 AM

ISLAMABAD (AFP) - Armed gunmen shot dead a lawyer defending a university lecturer accused of blasphemy in the southern Pakistani city of Multan on Wednesday, officials said.

"Armed gunmen stormed the chamber of Rashid Rehman and started indiscriminate firing on Wednesday evening, injuring Rehman and two of his associates present there" senior police official Zulfiqar Ali told AFP.

He said the three were rushed to Nishtar hospital where doctors pronounced Rehman dead upon arrival while the two wounded were receiving treatment.

Rehman was representing Junaid Hafeez, a lecturer at Bahauddin Zakariya University, accused of making derogatory remarks against the Prophet Mohammed in March last year.

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