Muhammad Asghar is a 68 year old from Edinburgh, currently resident in Pakistan. He has been convicted of blasphemy following a trial where his legal team were dismissed, and the state nominated replacement presented no evidence in his defence. He is a paranoid schizophrenic with a history of mental illness, a fact very relevant to his alleged crime; declaring himself a prophet. Muhammad Asghar should be helped, not killed. We ask that David Cameron and Alex Salmond intervene in the strongest possible terms, to help save the life of a vulnerable British man.
I am the Chair of the Scottish Secular Society, and started this petition because secularists believe in freedom of speech and faith. We feel that no one should suffer persecution for their beliefs, and blasphemy is an affront to human rights.
David Cameron has expressed his concern for Muhammad Asghar, that the government is watching the situation carefully. Watching is not enough. Muhammad Asghar must be freed, brought home to Edinburgh for medical treatment and to keep him safe.