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Join hands for a noble cause of freedom and justice

February 26, 2011 3 comments

Defence of Human Rights Pakistan and other concerned citizens have announced a Rally in Islamabad on the issue of Raymond Davis :

Below is the message from Amina Masood Janjua (via facebook):

Grand Rally, to keep building the pressure regarding CIA agent Killer Raymond Davis..!!! Come All on Monday at China Chowk Blue area Isd. 3 pm , 28th of Feb 2011.

All the top leaders have given their commitment; Qazi saab, Gen Gul, Raja Zafer ul Huq, Roadad Khan, Dr. Shereen Mazari,Aamir Mughal,Amina Janjua, Ibaddur Rehman’s brother will speak at this Grand Rally on 28th Feb 2011 at 3 pm starting from China Chowk Islambad.

Any info regarding the Rally please call @ 051-5511687-6 , or msg @ 0344-5356688. thanks. Hoping to gain momentum for a Revolution inshallah….!!!

Also an event is created on FB for this :

http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=555403369#!/event.php?eid=206345629380949

Raymond-Dr Aafia trade-off rejected –> The News

February 9, 2011 Leave a comment
Its a good thing that family of Dr. Aafia, another victim of international state terrorism and human rights violations , has shown sense of justice and are not falling to their natural desire of having their daughter back at any cost. I hope our fake liberals can learn some lessons from this.
We also need to know that US embassy is also hiding other murderers and these are those who crushed the third victim under their vehicle.
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By Usman Manzoor
 
ISLAMABAD: While there is a growing demand in Pakistan after the Lahore incident that the American killer should be exchanged for Dr Aafia Siddiqui as a few parliamentarians have also raised this demand, the sister of Dr Aafia says that Raymond Davis has killed three Pakistanis and blood of Pakistani nationals cannot be forgiven in return for an innocent Aafia.

Dr Fauzia Siddiqui, in an exclusive chat with The News from Karachi, said that Davis was a killer and after meeting the heirs of the deceased youth, Aafia’s family can never imagine to forgive the blood of Pakistanis against repatriation of Aafia.

She mentioned that first Aafia should be brought home with respect then the government should think of dealing the case of Davis with the Americans. “Aafia has not killed anyone; therefore, we can not demand exchange of an innocent lady with a double murderer,” said Dr Fauzia, adding that it was the time for government to negotiate with Americans regarding respectful repatriation of Dr Aafia.

She said that Aafia has been jailed for a falsely carved crime in Afghanistan whereas Davis was a daylight killer, so we should not compare the crimes of both of them. “Government should bring Americans on negotiating terms regarding Aafia; otherwise, these rulers will be kicked off from their palaces by the people of Pakistan if they handed over Davis to America.”

Dr Fauzia said that she has met the families of the three deceased youths of Lahore and after looking at the condition of mothers of those three boys, she could not demand for forgiving the blood of Pak nationals rather David should be punished under the penal law of the country for the crime which the has committed. On the other hand, a few parliamentarians have raised their voice for exchange of Davis for Dr Aafia and Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf vows to establish a fund for the legal heirs of the three youths who were killed by American so that those families should not compromise on money with US. Fakhar Chathha, President PTI Traders-Wing, while talking to this correspondent said that Pakistan should make a simple deal with US: “Give us our innocent Aafia and take your double murderer Davis.” He mentioned that time has come for Pakistan to take a stand before the Americans, otherwise, world will curse on us.

He said that his party is ready to establish a fund for the heirs of three deceased youths of Lahore so that they should not accept American offer of money against blood rather ask for the extradition of Dr Aafia from America in return of Davis. It is worth mentioning here that the PTI is the only political party in the country, which has stage protests regarding American killing in Lahore. Even the protesters were baton charged in Islamabad when they tried to enter the red zone to get their protest registered in front of US embassy.

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan’s ex-Chairman Iqbal Haider on Geo TV said that Dr Aafia has not killed any person, and the way she was produced before the American court was also condemnable. “On the other hand Davis has killed three people in broad daylight, yet immunity is being sought for the killer,” the lawyer said. He mentioned that Aafia has been sentenced for 86 years, which was again cruel whereas America wants a killer to be free. On the other hand, an SMS campaign to exchange Aafia for Davis has already started, and cyber groups, like OSAPK, have launched campaigns for Davis for Aafia.

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News below has the official position of Punjab government on Raymond issue, lets see how much sincere they are with their wordings on the issue. But another important thing for fake liberals and opportunists in our country is the discussion on Aafia’s citizenship status.
In the program reported in the news below , detailed court verdict of US court is mentioned in which Aafia is mentioned as a Pakistani citizen.
 
 
ISLAMABAD: The Law Minister of Punjab, Rana Sanaullah, rejected all the reports that US citizen Raymond Davis will be released soon on the US pressure. He said clearly that the fate of Davis will be decided only and only by the Pakistani courts, like US courts decided the fate of a Pakistani citizen Dr Aafia Saddiqui.

On the other hand, the family of Dr Aafia Saddiqui has closed the debate of her nationality once for ever. Mother of Dr Aafia showed three Pakistani passports of her daughter in Capital Talk of Geo News on Monday night and claimed that Dr Aafia did not have even a US green card. Rana Sanaullah and mother of Aafia were talking to Hamid Mir in Capital Talk.

Hamid Mir asked question about the possibility of double nationality of Dr Aafia, but her mother Ismat Saddiqui showed a US visa on the last passport of Dr Aafia which was expired on February 3, 2008. She said that US visa can only be issued to a non-US citizen.

Sister of Dr Aafia read some parts of the US court verdict against Dr Aafia, in which it was clearly said that Dr Aafia is a 38 years old Pakistani citizen. Dr Fauzia Saddiqui said that the arrest of her sister from Afghanistan was also a violation of international law because Dr Aafia was not provided any consular access.

The Executive Director of the South Asia Strategic Stability Institute, Maria Sultan, said that US violated international law by arresting a Pakistani citizen Aafia from Afghanistan because the two countries have no extradition treaty.

Former Foreign Secretary Riaz Khokhar said that Raymond Davis is a killer; he does not enjoy any diplomatic immunity. Riaz Khokhar said that arrival of suspicious US citizens in Pakistan was started in Musharraf era. Once Riaz Khokhar objected to the arrival of a secret US flight in Pakistan. The ISI also endorsed the view of Foreign Office, but President Musharraf over ruled their objections.

Host of Capital Talk aired the last statement of Shamaila, who committed suicide on Sunday in protest of VIP status given to Raymond Davis. Human Rights activist Tahira Abdullah said that nobody in the government will listen to the last plea of Shamaila because US dollars will work, but Rana Sanaullah disagreed. He said that days of military dictators have passed now, and only the courts will decide the fate of Raymond Davis.

Troops martyr three innocent Kashmiri youth in IHK

February 9, 2011 Leave a comment

Troops killing Kashmiris to suppress their struggle

Srinagar, (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops, in their fresh act of state terrorism, martyred three innocent Kashmiri youth during a siege and search operation in Manjote area of Ramban, today.

The All Parties Hurriyet Conference leader, Nayeem Ahmed Khan visited Chogal area of Handwara to express solidarity with the family of a student recently martyred in custody by the troops.

Addressing a gathering on the occasion, he said that the troops were killing innocent Kashmiris to suppress their just liberation struggle.

The APHC spokesman in a statement in Srinagar strongly denounced the re-arrest of Hurriyet leader, Zafar Akbar Butt, from a court immediately after his release and shifting him to Joint Interrogation Centre in Jammu.

In London, the Executive Director of Kashmir Centre, Professor Nazir Ahmed Shawl in a statement welcomed the meeting between the Foreign Secretaries of India and Pakistan in Thimphu, Bhutan, and appealed to the international community to facilitate the dialogue process and assist the two countries to resolve the Kashmir dispute as per the aspirations of the Kashmiri people.

Source : http://www.kmsnews.org/news/troops-martyr-three-innocent-kashmiri-youth-ihk

PAKISTAN: Army officers acknowledged that a disappeared person was in their custody but the courts failed to recover him –>AHRC

February 3, 2011 8 comments

Issue of missing persons needs to be resolved as early as possible otherwise this will lead to our society like it used to be in Nazi Germany where life was made impossible for opposing voices. If someone has done some crime then there are courts and constitution to judge not military kidnappers who themselves have a hisotry of constitutional violations and betrayals with the country. Extra-judicial killings and illegal abductions will not serve any good cause.

Below is a report from Asian Human Rights Commission and it leaves some serious concerns in any mind with some sense of justice and humanity.

Human history has taught us a very good lesson which is often used as a slogan : 

No Justice No Peace !

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PAKISTAN: Army officers acknowledged that a disappeared person was in their custody but the courts failed to recover him–>AHRC

Source : http://www.humanrights.asia/news/ahrc-news/AHRC-STM-014-2011

The case of the disappearance of a master tailor exposes how the army is involved and the weaknesses of the judicial system

The Asian Human Rights Commission has received the details of the saga of disappearance of a master tailor who was arrested on two occasions by army personnel and how since October 2001 his whereabouts are unknown. The high officials of the Pakistan army including Corps Commander of Balochistan province, a major general, the governor of the province and above all of them, the chief of the Inter Services Intelligence agency (ISI) had confessed on the holy Quran in 2003 that the victim was in the custody of the ISI and that he would be released after the investigation.

The Judicial Commission to probe the cases of missing persons has also submitted a report to the Supreme Court of Pakistan that Mr. Bangulzai, the master tailor, was in the custody of secret services of Pakistan.

The dilemma is that since 2001 to date, the higher courts, the governments of the federation and Balochistan have failed to recover him because of the involvement of the army and its intelligence agencies in his disappearance.

Mr. Ali Asghar Bangulzai 50, the son of Ghulam Nabi was arrested the first time by secret services on June 1, 2000 from his tailoring shop. After 14 days he was released. After his release it was found that he had lost his memory because of the severe torture he had endured. He could not even recognise his own house where he was born. After his recovery he revealed to his family that he was kept in a torture cell at the basement of army’s Kulli camp situated at Quetta cantonment. During his confinement he was kept blindfolded at all times; his hands were cuffed and he was frequently suspended by the wrists by officials of ISI. This is according to his family members from he later told them. After his release for almost one year he was not able to run his tailoring shop.

Mr. Bangulzai was the resident of Chaki Shahwani, Sariab Road, Quetta, capital of Balochistan province. His tailor shop was in walking distance from his home. The army was suspicious that many people were visiting his shop and that he must be involved in militant activities.

Again, on October 18, 2001 Bangulzai was arrested along with his friend Mohammad Iqbal by men who came in army vehicles. Iqbal was released after 22 days he told Bangulzai’s family members that he was in an army torture cell. The family tried to contact the local officials and army command office for his whereabouts but they refused to meet the family. In early 2002, a constitutional petition was filed in the Balochistan high court, during hearing Mr. Iqbal recorded his statement that Bangulzai was in Kulli Army camp. He also took part in a press conference in Quetta Press Club with Bangulzai family members with regard to his arrest .The family members also submitted an application to SHO (Station head officer) Sariab Police Station with a request to lodge an FIR (First information report) about his illegal arrest and disappearance but the police refused to file the FIR because of the involvement of military intelligence agencies. The family of the victim also filed an application before the High Court to order police to file the FIR but the court could not help the family.

On April 27, 2002 family members of Bangulzai met the then Major General Abdul Qadir Baloch , who was Corp Commander of the province to inquire about the whereabouts of the Bagulzai. The family was given assurance that they would be informed about his whereabouts. The Corps Commander sent two officers from military intelligence to the house of victim on May 15, 2002 who told the family that Bangulzai was safe and in the custody of the ISI. As the interrogation is completed he would be released but officials refused to allow the family members to meet him.

In the meantime the family members in desperation tried to meet members of the parliament. They were able to meet Mr. Hafiz Hussain Ahmad MNA (Member of National Assembly) who took the family members to meet with the head of ISI (Inter services intelligence) Baluchistan, Brigadier Siddique. During the meeting Brigadier called Colonel Bangush and asked him to bring the file of Bangulzai. After seeing the file Brigadier Siddique congratulated the family and said that Banguzai was in their custody. During different meetings the family members of Bangulzai insisted that they wanted to meet with him but every time they were told that there was no need as he would be released soon.

On October 4, 2003 Brigadier Siddique asked the family members of the victim to provide clothes for him because all arrangements had been made for his release.

For the whole one year family members waited for his release and then they adopted the peaceful protest. Bangulzai’s children left their studies and went on a token hunger strike camp in front of Quetta Press Club for the safe recovery of their father and to record their peaceful protest. The camp was there for one year.

On July 14, 2005 the Baluchistan High Court on the pressure from lawyers and civil society took suo motto notice and directed the Superintendent of Police (SP) of Chilton Town, Mr. Wazeer khan, to investigate and register an FIR for Bangulzai’s disappearance by the state intelligence agencies. During the hearing seven persons recorded their statements that army personnel had arrested him and that had assured them many times he would be released from army custody. As usual on the pressure from army Sariab Police Station Quetta refused to register the FIR.

On March 2006 Hafiz Hussain Ahmad, the member of national assembly, visited the token hunger strike camp of family members of Bangulzai and told the local news papers representatives that the head of ISI (Inter services intelligence) Brigadier Siddique has himself acknowledge before him that Bangulzai is in their custody and also assured him that he will be released soon. Hafiz deplored the attitude of ISI officers for lying and misguiding the people.

On February 2007 the family members of Bangulzai submitted a petition in Supreme Court of Pakistan, in which Hafiz Hussain Ahmad’s written statement was submitted in the Supreme Court of Pakistan.

In continuation of their efforts the family members filed a petition in the Supreme Court of Pakistan in February 2007 where Mr. Hafiz Hussain Ahmad, the MNA, has submitted his written statement that ISI had assured him several times that Bangulzai is in their custody. The Supreme Court then ordered on January 31, 2010 that the FIR of his disappearance should be filed. The court also directed the police to file the FIRs of other disappeared persons also.

The Joint Investigation Team to probe the cases of disappeared persons, formed by the government of Pakistan, has also submitted a report to the Supreme Court that according to the testimonies of the eye witnesses and other supportive statements Bangulzai was in the custody of state intelligence agencies.

A Judicial commission to probe the cases of the missing persons, formed by the Federal Government on the instruction from Supreme Court has also came to the conclusion in the March 2010 that after recording all the witnesses that Bangulzai was arrested by the Pakistan secret services and that he was in its custody. The report was duly submitted to the Supreme Court of Pakistan.

During the hearing of the Judicial Commission, Mr.Hafiz Hussain Ahmad (MNA) has recorded his statement that the Brigadier Siddique, head of the ISI in Balochistan province, has acknowledge to him that Bangulzai was in their custody and soon he would be released. Mohammad Iqbal who was arrested with Bangulzai also recorded his statement that they were arrested by secret services and that Bangulzai was in their custody. The other witnesses as well recorded their statements that Brigadier has several times accepted in front of them, and Corps commander Qadir Baloch sent his two (MI) (Military intelligence) personnel to the victim’s family and said that he was in the custody of an Intelligence Agency.

It is appalling that 11 years after his arbitrary arrest and incommunicado detention by the intelligence agencies Bangulzai’s whereabouts are still unknown. None of the institutions and officials who were involved in his disappearance has been put on trial despite the fact that they have admitted his detention 11 years ago! Judges hearing disappearances cases have stated in court that any intelligence officer involved in the disappearance of an individual should be placed on trial but this has never happened. Not one has ever been punished.

In the presence of all the evidence that he was illegally arrested and kept incommunicado in an army torture cell by the ISI, the weakness of the country’s justice system is blatantly evident before the powerful military and security agencies. His disappearance by the military is contravention of the basic rights guaranteed by the constitution of Pakistan for example:

Article 4 — The right of individuals to be dealt with by law, Article 10–safe guards as to arrest and detention — the arrested person should be produced within 24 of his arrest before the magistrate, Article 14 — no person should be tortured, Article 15 — freedom of movement and Article 25- all citizens are equal before the law.

The case of Bangulzai is a clear demonstration that the laws of the country do not apply to the military and intelligence agencies. When it comes to providing justice to the ordinary citizen in the face of these institutions the judiciary remains silent.

The Asian Human Rights Commission urges that Mr. Bangulzai should be released immediately from the captivity by the army and its intelligence agencies and that the officials responsible for this arrest and disappearance are prosecuted. Furthermore, the compensation must be paid to his family for the ordeal suffered by him and his family members.

 

 

Rights given to foreign company are shameful, says Ramday

February 2, 2011 3 comments

Source : http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=3690&Cat=13&dt=2/1/2011

By Sohail Khan

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court was told on Monday that leasing out of the Reko Diq gold and copper mines in Balochistan to a foreign company was the biggest case of bad governance and irresponsibility.

A four-member bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, and comprising Justice Muhammad Sair Ali, Justice Ghulam Rabbani and Justice Khalilur Rehman Ramday, was hearing a case against the leasing of Reko Diq gold and copper mines in Balochistan worth over $260 billion to a foreign exploration and mining company by the federal government in violation of law.

Raza Kazim, the counsel for one of the petitioners, while concluding his arguments, told the court that Reko Diq case was bigger than the Pakistan Steel Mills and eight times bigger than the Indian Telecom case, wherein the Indian Supreme Court had stayed the licence in the case.

Justice Khalilur Rehman Ramday recalled that even the Indian IT minister quit after the court gave its judgment. At one point, Justice Ramday observed that as per the initial agreement made with the foreign company, it was held that the company will give instructions to the Balochistan government. “It is very painful how the provincial government surrendered in such a manner,” he said, adding: “The fault is on our side, if we do not honour ourselves then the foreign company is right in ruling us. We have given this right to the foreign company, and it is shameful to read the privileges that we have given in it (agreement).”

Raza Kazim contended that the status of Tethyan Cooper Company (TCC) was like an agent because it had sold out shares to other companies, Barrick Gold and Antofagasta Minerals. At this, Justice Muhammad Sair Ali asked the learned counsel as to whether the TCC was registered as a Pakistani company.

“Till 2000, it was not registered,” Kazim replied, adding that the company wanted to hold a monopoly in the area, so that neither local nor any other foreign company could come.

The counsel further submitted that EL-6 and EL-8 were in their possession despite the fact that their licence got expired in 2009. He further submitted that the company also got possession of EL-25 and 26 for which it had not yet attained any licence.

Balochistan Advocate General Salahuddin Mengal submitted before the court that the provincial government had expressed serious reservations over the feasibility report submitted by the company. He further submitted that their experts had made analysis of the said feasibility report and found that the company had covered so far only six square kilometres while the total area was about 450 square kilometres.

He further submitted that geologists of the Mineral Department had started their survey, adding until it was completed, no work would be started on the project. Meanwhile, Raza Kazim suggested to the court to constitute a commission that could make analysis of the feasibility report.

Later, Tariq Asad, the main petitioner, informed the court that he had not yet been provided relevant documents about the project. The court however, asked him to commence his arguments on the basis of whatever information he had as he had filed the petition.

Meanwhile, he argued before the court about the rules and bylaws concerning the lease. The court, however, directed him to give his formulations in a proper manner and argue as to how rules had been violated in the case and adjourned the hearing till today (Tuesday).

The News on November 3, 2010, had reported that some 20 top corporate bosses and lobbyists of two of the world’s largest gold mining groups had been meeting President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani, the State Bank governor and others in Islamabad throughout the week, pressing them to quickly hand over one of the world’s biggest gold and copper treasures found in Balochistan at Reko Diq, worth over $260 billion, to their companies, and for peanuts.

Later, Tariq Asad, advocate challenged the case in the apex court. Similarly, 26 senators also filed a joint petition against the leasing out of Reko Diq mines to a foreign company. APP adds: The chief justice observed that the feasibility report was with the Balochistan government since October last year and they were not sharing it with the apex court.

Clash between opposition protesters and pro-Mubarak masses, Egypt opposition says Friday demo still on

February 2, 2011 1 comment

Today mass relies are being held by Egyptian opposition and civil society against the dictatorship of Hosni Mubarak. There are reports that pro-Mubarak or pro-dictatorship groups have also jumped into the situation. There are reports of clashes between the two forces though the number of people in opposition is still greater. According to reports millions of opposition people marched in Cairo to demand the removal of Mubarak regime.

This was expected as Egyptian Army and Government backed by their foreign masters from Pentagon and Israel were playing dirty games. They are trying to hijack the revolution through their puppets in politics and establishment, and also they want to give an impression as if there is a huge so-called silent majority which supports Mubarak. I think Mubarak regime is playing the same dirty game which Musharraf was playing with the help of Army and foreign masters. Musharraf also came to a deal with corrupt political forces which were used to hijack opposition grounds. I hope Egyptians will not fall into the trap in which Pakistanis fell.

Best of Luck Justice and Freedom loving people of Egypt, Tunisia,Jordan and others.

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Egypt opposition says Friday demo still on : The News

Source : http://www.thenews.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=10480

CAIRO: An Egypt opposition plan to hold a massive anti-regime demonstration on Friday is still on, in defiance of an army order for people to return home, a leading organiser said Wednesday.

“The demonstrators are determined to hold massive demonstrations on Friday, dubbed ‘Friday of Departure’,” the organiser said, requesting anonymity for security reasons.



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