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Justice for Shazia Bashir

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Shazia Bashir is the 12 year old victim of one Pakistan's most heinous crimes. Her short life was fraught with disappointment and harassment. This painful existence ended abruptly in a sordid and diabolical murder inquiry. Former president of the Lahore Bar Association - Muhammed Naeem, accused of murder and rape and who illegally hired a person under the age of 14, in contradiction of existing Pakistani child protection laws- has been granted bail. It is purported that contrived medical reports/death certificates have been supplied to court in an attempt to free a wealthy suspect. 300 lawyers mobbed preliminary court hearings and threatened to burn the homes of any prosecution lawyers for Shazia’s family – the judge had to defer. Despite photographs these lawyers have avoided punishment. The BPCA implores the UK Government to engage with the Government of Pakistan so that a fair trial be undertaken with adequate protection for the prosecution team. Pakistani media should be permitted to the Court hearings to espouse a fairer trial. We also seek action against the rebel lawyers who have brought the Pakistani legal system into disrepute.

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