In Pakistan, an accusation of blasphemy can be fatal. The official legal punishment for defiling the name of the Prophet Muḥammad, even indirectly, is “death and nothing else”.
Even when a death sentence isn't officially carried out, defendants are sometimes murdered or lynched by people who believe they are protecting Islam. Family members frequently have to go into hiding.
Recently, it has emerged that much of the pressure to promote and prosecute blasphemy cases has come from a surprising source: Pakistan’s legal profession.