Mohammad Asghar ‘shot by radicalised prison guard’

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A GROCER shot and injured while on death row in Pakistan was attacked by a prison guard who was radicalised by another inmate, reports suggest.

Lawyers acting for Mohammad Asghar have called on Prime Minister David Cameron to act now to bring him home after reports of the official investigation into the shooting appeared in the Pakistani media.

Mr Asghar, from Leith, was sentenced to death in January after being convicted of blasphemy.

The 70-year-old, said to suffer from paranoid schizophrenia, was shot and injured in Adiala prison in Rawalpindi last month.

Media reports in Pakistan claim that the prison guard who shot Mr Asghar was incited to do so by Mumtaz Qadri, a policeman facing the death penalty for murdering Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer.

Aamer Anwar, the family’s solicitor, said: “The results of this inquiry are further proof of the Pakistani authorities’ dangerous inability to safeguard Mr Asghar’s life.

“His family are heartbroken and terrified for their father.”