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Trials: On Death Row in Pakistan

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  45 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Winner of the Saltire Society First Book Award 2016
An Economist Book of the Year 2016
A Spectator Book of the Year 2016

In 2011, Isabel Buchanan, a twenty-three-year-old Scottish lawyer, moved to Pakistan to work in a new legal chambers in Lahore. The chambers was run by a determined thirty-three-year-old Pakistani lawyer, Sarah Belal, who had finally found her calling in de
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Kindle Edition, 272 pages
Published July 28th 2016 by Vintage Digital (first published January 7th 2016)
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Elaine April
Nov 03, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: autobiographical
Trials: On Death Row In Pakistan is a non-fiction book written by Scottish lawyer, Isabel Buchanan. It chronicles her time working in a new legal chamber in Lahore, Pakistan under the watchful eye of a young and forceful Pakistani lawyer, Sarah Belal, who has made it her life's mission to defend those condemned to death row in Pakistan. It follows the stories of several condemned inmates, short biographies of the other employees at Sarah's chambers and tales of controversial blasphemy and unjust ...more
Heather
Nov 08, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
An important book, shining a light on death row in Pakistan and its legal system, but it's a mix of trying to make it accessible (people are often described as if characters in fiction) and relentless legal facts (and a host of further information at the end, not footnoted, so by the time you know there's further information you've finished the book). It's important and you'll learn a lot, but I found it a bit of a cluster of ideas that took away from the main point: incredible, badass women in ...more
Asif Nadeem
Sep 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Isabel Buchanan with this book just might have provided a small light of hope and inspiration to many pakistani locals who are concerned about their country. The book provides all the knowledge of controversial blasphemy law, inner workings of courtrooms in pakistan but better yet, how to get things done when all looks bleak. The storytelling is very well structured. I call it a must read for the locals.
Amir Abu Jandal
Jan 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Trials by Isabel Buchanan is a very important book, chronicles her time as a law internee in Pakistan. She works with a young Pakistani female social entrepreneur, Sarah Belal, who boldly saves innocent Pakistanis on death row. I also recommend watching TEDx talk by Sarah Belal (can be found on YouTube). It is a well written book with true heart breaking stories of prisoners on death row. The book exposes unjust laws and construes how they were formulated under the influence of dictators.
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