Aafia’s sentencing–> A question mark over USA justice system; Shame for Pakistan Army and Government
Dr. Aafia Siddiqi, mother of three children who was kidnapped from Karachi in 2003 by USA and Pakistani agencies, is sentenced for 86 years.
The charge is that this 5 feet weak woman attacked well trained US marines by snatching their rifles and in the process no one was shot except Aafia herself.
All the principles of justice like innocent till proven guilty, fair defense and unbiased decision making were destroyed in the case by US judge , members of jury and the US government. They were well supported by Pakistani government and agencies in the fake trial.
The decision leaves a question mark on the justice system of USA and its effectiveness to protect human rights. USA civil society needs to think over it if they have some conscience as this can happen with them too.
This decision is a Shame for Pakistan Army, Agencies and Government especially the Pentagon Pet Dictator Musharraf and his junta. They not only sold Aafia but hundreds like her and sold their motherland to their imperialist masters for serving their greed and lust for power.
May Allah give justice to Aafia and bring to justice those who were involved in doing this with her.
Read also : Aafia Siddiqui Indictment
Dr. Aafia Siddiqui’s Sentencing :: Please Show Your Support
On September 23rd, 2010 at 500 Pearl Street in lower Manhattan, a mother, teacher and sister will stand in front of a New York City judge for her sentencing. Dr. Aafia Siddiqui is a woman whose life events over the past five years have more resembled the plot of a bestselling horror novel than the right to due process espoused by the leader of the free world. Yet even the most creative author would have not been able to chart the tangled web of deception and conspiracy that would come to light in this case, involving everything from kidnapping and secret prisons to the torture of young children and backdoor politics that weave between Washington, Islamabad and Kabul.
And in the middle of all of this is a woman. A mother. A teacher. A sister. An Activist. A Daughter.
Dr. Aafia Siddiqui will stand facing life in prison plus ten years on September 23rd…but she will not stand alone.
We will stand with her because she is our sister in faith and humanity.
We will stand with her because we reject the establishment of secret prisons, the trampling of due process, the use of torture and the threatening of innocents unequivocally and in all of their forms.
We will stand with her because we must do so, for it is in the absence of those who would seek justice that injustice, fear mongering and bigotry prevail.
Dr. Aafia Siddiqui’s Sentencing
09.23.10 @ 8:45 am
The Southern District Court of NY
500 Pearl Street Manhattan, NY
[In front of Judge Berman, Room 21 D]
TRAINS: J, M or Z to Chambers St. (north exit to Foley Sq.); #4, 5, 6 to Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall (north exit); A, C to Chambers; R, W to City Hall; 1, 2, 3 to Chambers; E or PATH to WTC; B, D to Grand St.
Sent by : Demand Justice
An indefinite curfew has been imposed in Srinagar and a case has been filed against All Parties Hurriyat Conference Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq following Friday’s violence and arson attack on a police barrack in the Kashmir Valley region.
Curfew has also been imposed in Anantnag, Bijbehara, Pulwama, Kakapora, Sopore and Baramulla.
On Saturday, as the valley was celebrating Eid, mobs went on rampage and set fire to a police post outside the Hazratbal shrine.
As security forces tried to control the crowds, a complex that houses the state’s power department and crime branch headquarters, also went up in flames. Protesters targetted everything that symbolised state authority.
“As far as the AFSPA is concerned, we want the repeal of it. Half-hearted steps will not take us anywhere as these are mere gestures. We need a concrete, solution oriented process. The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) is meeting and the government is talking amongst themselves, this is not helping,” said Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.
“It would have been better to make a fair assessment here on the ground and then respond to the entire situation…control the situation first…see that what has been happening for last three months. I wish that both the central and state government turn serious and do something which is required…which matches the entire situation and the crisis,” said Nizamuddin Bhat, a People’s Democratic Party (PDP) leader.
On the other hand, Indian occupied Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah blamed the militant for not honouring their promise to have peaceful processions, and said this would be a huge setback to the peace initiative that was to be announced on Monday.
ISLAMABAD:(Umar Cheema) The wee hours of late Saturday brought a metamorphosis in my life. Not just that I was muffled, picked up, tortured, and humiliated. No absolutely not. Rather the torture has removed the remaining fear, if there was any in my heart and mind, and has instead given me the realization that we have to die fighting for this country.
My love for this country is based on some reasoning which is inspired by my firm belief that we can neither change our past nor our national identity. I learned this during my stay abroad for one and a half years when I went for studies, first in the US and then in UK. Lord Curzon’s words that “exile is a nursery of nationalism” always keep resounding in my ears.
Let us suppose I decide to settle abroad. I will again be Pakistani-British or Pakistani-American and the prefix ‘Pakistan’ cannot be dropped from my identity. It is always counted where you’re rooted in. So I have to stay attached and take care of my country wherever I am.
Having decided to live and die on this land, I have a dream to see Pakistan where brains, not batons reign supreme, where people can question the use of public money, where all institutions can be held accountable without any fear or favour, where our children love to live instead of fear to live, and where we are governed by the rule of law and not on the basis of personal loyalties.
The message of my captors for me was to become a status quo abiding person, not law abiding. They forced me through violence to accept their views and become a silent spectator to the rot without questioning what was happening to my beloved country.
I instead learned a different lesson from the torture and humiliation, to stand guard for this country, help the oppressed, keep questioning the high and mighty and continue the struggle to make this land livable and safe for the next generation.
The captors thought themselves to be heroes but emerged as villains and will go down in the history with same status. I feel pity for them. They were born innocent but forced to become sick minds. Instead of cursing them, I only pray for them because they don’t know we’re fighting for their betterment too.
My captors were probably not aware that I was also hit by a car in December 2004 that left me with compound fractures in my left leg. But I never bowed to those attackers either. Although I’ve forgiven my captors but not forgotten the perpetrators of this act that should be exposed and this mind-set be eliminated once and for all.
I believe in reporting with a moral force without any personal grudge against anybody or any institution. Whenever I write about anyone, the concerned people have always been approached for their version to balance my reporting. It is however a different story that those without answers to our questions try to propagate as if the stories are being planted and we are being bribed for doing this.
Such excuses are crafted by the individuals and institutions not inclined to revisit their conduct. But they don’t know that we, by virtue of our profession, have been tasked to unfold the truth, no matter who is affected by whatever way.
Some consider journalism as a shortcut to rise on the ladder to political power but we are here to protect the interest of people, neither our own nor of the rulers.
I have no words to thank so many of my well-wishers in Pakistan and abroad for consoling me and praying for me. I didn’t know many of them before. I was amazed to note how they struggled to reach me. Due to the flood of calls, I could not attend most of them. It was a silent majority that rose against the oppression of a tiny minority claiming to have monopoly on violence.
There was a mixed reaction to this incident. Those who didn’t know me gave me a new strength and conviction, emboldened me further and offered all-out help. People, who know me for years, were concerned about me and my family’s security. They think that I should think about my children. This is a question which comes to every parent’s mind. I would like to explain that the fight we are into is for my children and for the children of all Pakistanis.
We have to see the broader picture. Pakistani media is fighting the war for the future of this country. The country’s neighbours China and India, are emerging as superpowers but we, in spite of our immense capabilities, are on the decline. There are many who are even worried about its existence. The situation calls for internal accountability and restructuring the society but vested interests and pro-status quo forces seem to be strong, at least for the moment.
But we have to fight on and they don’t realize that a change is in progress, it is bound to come, sooner than later. I’m ready to pay any price for speaking up. Thomas Horaceman, who is considered the father of the public education system in US had said: “One should feel ashamed to die until one has done anything for humanity.” And I stand by his words.
Benazir monument plan approved–>Another way to waste Tax Payer Money to promote worship of the feudal elite.
Zardari government has approved a 1 billion rupees “Benazir Monument” project from “Tax Payer Money” under ministry of culture.
A country which is facing the worst natural disaster of its history cannot afford such waste of money. On one hand the Pakistan Feudal Party (aka PPP) government is planning to impose flood tax like the war tax they are forcefully taking and on the other hand they are busy in wasting the hard earned money of Pakistani tax payers on the promotion of feudal worship in Pakistan.
Why the hell we have to pay for Benazir Mandirs all over the country and schemes with the name of Benazir Bhutto?
Is the country a private property of Pakistan Feudal Party leadership comprising of Zardaris-Bhuttos and Team which seems to have motto –>RAJ KAI LUTTO, PHIR PHUTTO AUR NAARA MAROO JIYAAAAAYYY BHUTTOOOO!!!!!!
Another attack of State Institutions on Freedom of Expression;Pakistani journalist kidnapped and tortured
Another attack on freedom of expression is made by so called state institutions which run like mafias under few criminals.
Umar Cheema, investigative reporter from The News, was kidnapped and tortured by state institutions. Also the kidnappers threatened that they will do this with other journalists writing against the criminal acts of government and its institutions. Kidnappers told Umar that Ansar Abbasi is next on their list.
CJ LHC has taken suo motto of this incident and an inquiry is being ordered.
We strongly condemn this act of terrorism and whoever is involved must be brought to justice.
LHC CJ takes suo moto notice of Cheema torture. PM Gilani, Nawaz console Umar Cheema on phone
LAHORE: Lahore High Court (LHC) Chief Justice Khwaja Muhammad Sharif on Saturday took suo moto notice of the torture of The News (a local newspaper) reporter Umar Cheema and summoned the Islamabad inspector general police on Monday.
Taking notice of the incident, the chief justice observed that torture of the journalist was an attack on press freedom, which was protected under the Constitution of Pakistan.
“Not only the judiciary but every citizen is duty bound to stop such incidents,” Justice Sharif further observed.
He directed the federal IGP to appear in the court along with the complete case record and apprise it of the facts of the incident. He also directed Additional Advocate General Muhammad Hanif Khatana to assist the court in the matter.
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