London, March 3 (IANS) With two of three Pakistani politicians who opposed the blasphemy law assassinated, friends of the third, the glamorous Sherry Rehman, now fear for her life.
Gunmen have shot dead Punjab governor Salman Taseer and minorities minister Shahbaz Bhatti, the only Christian in the Pakistani government.
Rehman, known for her outspoken views, led the efforts to reform the blasphemy law after Aasia Bibi, a Christian mother of four, was sentenced to death for allegedly insulting Prophet Muhammad.
Rehman was joined by Taseer and Bhatti.
Both men are now dead, and friends feel that Rehman could be the next, The Guardian reported.
“Make no mistake: she is in grave danger, like nobody else,” the paper quoted a friend as saying.
It said Rehman lived in near hiding and had spent most of January at her Karachi home, surrounded by police.
She has been advised by government ministers to leave Pakistan.
“I get two types of advice about leaving. One from concerned friends, the other from those who want me out, so I’ll stop making trouble. But I’m going nowhere,” Rehman was quoted as saying.
She recently went to Bangkok for a meeting on Pakistan-India relations and later to New Delhi. In Pakistan, she remains absent from public life.
She goes to Islamabad discreetly but rarely attends parliament, it said.