Plan to return death row man Mohammad Asghar to UK

Mohammad Asghar, who was shot in a Pakistan prison where he has been facing the death penalty on blasphemy charges. Pic: comp

Mohammad Asghar, who was shot in a Pakistan prison where he has been facing the death penalty on blasphemy charges. Pic: comp

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AN Edinburgh man on death row in Pakistan for blasphemy could be transferred back to the UK, the governor of the state of Punjab has said.

Mohammad Asghar, who suffers from a mental illness, was shot by a prison guard earlier this year and is recovering in hospital.

Mohammad Sarwar, the former Glasgow MP who is now governor of Punjab, said “all necessary measures” were being taken to guarantee Mr Asghar’s safety and regretted the ordeal he had suffered.

Mr Sarwar said: “We are trying to find some kind of middle way where we can resolve this situation within the constitution and the laws of this country.”

Mr Asghar, 70, suffers from paranoid schizophrenia, and was sentenced to death under Pakistan’s strict blasphemy laws after writing letters in which he claimed to be the Prophet Muhammad. He has appealed against his sentence.

Mr Asghar’s family have repeatedly called on Prime Minister David Cameron to intervene and bring the grandfather home, including hand-delivering a 70,000-signature petition to Downing Street.