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UN denies forcing Pakistani lawyer to leave

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The on Tuesday denied that it had forced the Pakistani of a Christian woman convicted of to leave the country.

Saif-ul-fled to the from after violence erupted over the Pakistani Supreme Court's decision to overturn the conviction of who was on death row.

"The UN in extended its assistance to Mr. at his request and did not force him to leave the country against his wishes, nor can the UN force someone to leave against his or her will," said UN

At a conference in on Monday, the said he was "put on a plane against my wishes" even though he had refused to leave the country without ensuring that his client was out of prison.

said he contacted a UN in after the outbreak of clashes.

"And then they (the UN) and the European in Islamabad, they kept me for three days and then put me on a plane against my wishes," he said.

spent nearly a decade on death row after being accused of following a dispute with fellow villagers over drinking from the same bowl of water. The charge is an inflammatory one in Muslim-majority Pakistan.

But she remains in Pakistan after struck a deal with the Islamist hardliners behind the protests to bar her from leaving until a final court appeal is heard.

The had previously told AFP before his departure on Saturday that he was leaving because "in the current scenario, it's not possible for me to live in Pakistan".

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First Published: Tue, November 06 2018. 22:00 IST