Posts Tagged ‘memogate’

HRDs and other democracy proponents in Pakistan under threat

January 9, 2012

English: Asma Jahangir, shortly after being aw...

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ISLAMABAD: Dozens of prominent writers, doctors, intellectuals, lawyers from Pakistan and around the world have endorsed a statement expressing “grave concern” at the threats to “Pakistani human rights defenders for their stance in the ‘memogate’ case” and “at the danger this crisis poses to Pakistan’s democratic political process that had taken a step forward with the elections of 2008”. Over a hundred endorsements from around the world came in within hours of the statement put up online on Jan 4, 2012, at http://tinyurl.com/05012012.

The statement says that allowing the elected civilian government in Pakistan to complete its tenure and hand over power to the next government following democratic elections would be a first step in “an ongoing process that is essential to Pakistan’s peace, progress and prosperity in the long run.” The statement underscores the risk to the lives of former Ambassador of Pakistan to the US, Husain Haqqani, his lawyer, former Supreme Court Bar Association President, Asma Jahangir [both a Laureate and Patron of the MEA], columnist Marvi Sirmed, senior journalist Najam Sethi and their families, to name some of the journalists and activists living under threat.

The ‘memogate’ case may be a complex and highly politicized issue but it should not affect the essential freedom of anyone to speak out against the narrative of the ideological security state.